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ENSEMBLES

JUNIOR HIGH 

Our Bands

The Celina Junior High Band Program consists of more than 150 students in grades 6 through 8. Celina Junior High School Bands perform various genres of music and have fun attending contests and performances while representing Celina ISD at the highest level.  Students have the opportunity to showcase their musical abilities and support their school while participating in the Celina Junior High Band.

All of our beginner band students meet in like-instrument classes and progress into the two advanced bands listed below in seventh and eighth grade. In addition, our eighth graders have the option to serve in a leadership role as Band-Aides with the Celina High School Marching Band on the field during the marching band season. All Celina Junior High Band Students attend a Solo & Ensemble Festival, pep rallies, and exciting contests across the North Texas region.

Symphonic Band

The Celina Junior High Symphonic Band is our most advanced ensemble, designed to emphasize continued individual development in areas such as technique, tone, and music literacy through a progressive curriculum of upper middle school literature. Students in this band must be highly proficient on their instrument and must be willing to commit to regular rehearsal and practice time.

 

In addition to daily class period rehearsals, students in the Symphonic Band should plan for one 45-minute sectional rehearsal per week outside of class in what is called "Sectionals", as well as an occasional extra full band rehearsal throughout the year. Students in this band are required to participate in the scheduled rehearsals, concerts, pep rallies, and contests. In addition, each student will audition for the ATSSB All Region Band and participate in the Solo & Ensemble Festival Contest. 

It is also strongly recommended that the student participate in the district supplemental private lesson program.

The Celina Junior High Symphonic Band is under the direction of Mrs. Yanniello and meets during 7th Period. On occasion, the Symphonic Band may utilize the Celina Junior High ACE Period, which is the class period prior to 7th period, for rehearsals leading up the UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest.  Students in the Symphonic Band will also have direction from Mr. Firmin, Mr. Grigsby, Mr. Weddle and other esteemed clinicians and teachers. 

Concert Band

The Celina Junior High Concert Band is the natural progression after completing a beginning band class. Students in this band must be very proficient on their instruments and must be willing to commit to regular rehearsal and practice time. Concert Band students will have one 45-minute sectional rehearsal per week scheduled in the Spring semester Students in this band are expected to participate in the scheduled rehearsals, concerts, pep rallies, and contests.

 

Students in the Celina Junior High Concert Band will participate in the Solo & Ensemble Festival Contest. It is also strongly recommended that the student participate in the district supplemental private lesson program.

The Celina Junior High Concert Band is under the direction of Mr. Larry Firmin and meets during 2nd Period. On occasion, the Concert Band may utilize the Celina Junior High ACE Period for sectional rehearsals leading up the UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest.  Students in the Concert Band will also have direction from Mr. Yanniello, Mr. Grigsby, Mr. Weddle and other esteemed clinicians and teachers. 

Beginning Band

The Beginning Band is the first step in the journey as a member of the Celina Junior High School Band.  Students in the Beginning Band will enjoy instrument specific classes where they can learn to play their chosen instrument in a small-group setting.  Students will learn how to properly assemble, hold, and play their instrument in a fun and progressive course designed to teach all of the skills necessary to perform concerts for your family and friends!

 

The Beginning Band will perform several concerts throughout the first year, as well as travel to Contests and Festivals to compete against bands from around the state. The Beginning Band is primarily made up of 6th grade students, but special consideration can be made on a case-by-case basis for older students interested in joining band.  You can start band in any grade, but the best time to start an instrumental skill is your first year of middle school!

Supplemental private lessons are available and are recommended by the Celina Band Directors. You can find information about each of the different instruments by clicking here!

The Celina Junior High Beginning Band has many trophies, including Best in Class at Sandy Lake Funfest, and has a rich history of making great music and fun memories!