The Strong Rock Christian School Band Program consists of over 120 students in 4 concert ensembles; The Patriot Marching Band, the Basie Band and jazz combos, as well as numerous percussion and wind chamber ensembles.
First year students develop fundamentals and a working knowledge of their instruments and ensemble skills through daily classroom instruction and multiple performance opportunities! This group is primarily comprised of 5th and 6th graders that are interested in learning a new wind or percussion instrument. Once students have completed Beginning Band they will continue with Second Year Band. This offers the unique opportunity to not only perform on campus, but eligibility for local, district and state level auditions to perform with some of the best student musicians in Georgia.
7th and 8th grade students perform in the SRCS Academy Band. The academy band performs a minimum of 5 concerts annually including off campus performance evaluations in the spring. Academy Band also splits into various chamber ensembles, including percussion ensemble and chamber winds throughout the year. The Academy and High School Percussion Ensemble recently performed at the Lassiter Percussion Symposium with adjudicators and world renown artists She-e Wu, Dr. John W. Parks IV, and Casey Cangelosi.
The High School Band is the flagship concert ensemble of the band program. Members of the High School Wind Ensemble will perform 7-15 performances over the course of the academic year. These performances include, but are not limited to Grandparents and Special Friend’s day, The Variety Show, Veteran’s Day at Heritage Park, The Christmas Concert, The Annual Spring Concert, Large Group Performance Evaluations, 4 runs of the spring musical and more. Guest clinicians in the past year include Mr. Jack Eaddy (former director of bands at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fl) Mr. Michael Teti (Director of Bands at Ola Middle School) Ms. Audrey Murphy (Director of Bands at Hopewell Middle School in Alpharetta, GA) and Dr. Joshua Boyd (Director of Bands at Point University in West Point, GA) In addition to the concert ensembles students regularly perform in small chamber groups with performance opportunities on and off campus.
In addition to our wind ensembles, you can hear the jazz band performing year round from the first performance at the New Parents Dinner in August, The Denim and Diamonds Auction in March and the spring chamber concert in April as well as Second Cups of Coffee and more. The primary focus of the jazz band is to improve improvisation and ensemble skills as soloist with a rhythm section. The Basie Band meets regularly during Zero period (7:15 -7:55) for sectionals after school once marching season ends.
The marching patriots have recently entered into its 3rd year of existence. This group has students from 7th-12th grade comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, color guard and majorettes. You can see them perform their half time and competition show at all of the Strong Rock home games, The Henry County Marching Band Exhibition at Woodland High School, The White Columns Invitational and the Veteran’s Day Parade.
In addition to participating in school ensembles, our students have experienced great audition success with over 10% of eligible students at Strong Rock receiving chairs in the middle, concert, and symphonic bands of the All-District Band in the 6th District. On campus, you can find band students excelling in athletics and academics alike.