Southmoreland Concert Ensembles
Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Small Ensembles
The Southmoreland School District is located in southern Westmoreland county in Pennsylvania. At the high school (grades 9-12), students have the opportunity to participate in a number of instrumental ensembles including concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band and numerous small ensembles. The band director is Mrs. Jamie Gore. Mrs. Gore is excited to be in her 12th year of teaching at Southmoreland and welcomes the new and returning members of the Southmoreland Concert Ensembles for the 2017-2018 school year!
Concert Band is an elective class at the high school that is offered during period 4 and 6A. Students may take the class for full credit in the six day cycle or may elect to take the class for half credit and three days to accommodate full schedules. We study a variety of repertoire including, but not limited to, marches, popular, classics, aleatoric, jazz, transcriptions and contemporary band music. The students study music in an ensemble setting and are supplemented through small group lessons offered during the school day through a rotating lesson schedule.
Advanced Ensembles include Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. These classes are earned by audition or director recommendation. Wind Ensemble meets during period 2 (days 123) and Jazz is extracurricular by audition.
Small ensembles include, but are not limited to, flute ensemble, saxophone quartet, clarinet quartet, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble and percussion ensemble.
The ensembles strives to create an educational, enjoyable environment that encourages student creativity and fosters a love of the arts.
In addition, students can take courses in Beginning and Advanced Placement Music Theory. We are also excited to offer the ever Southmoreland Band Alumni Concert (December 16, 2017) and a 2018 Musical, Cinderella (Enchanted Edition)! We hope you can be a part of an exciting year with the SHS Music Department!
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo