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Eastern Randolph Wildcat Marching Band
Membership in the marching band requires strenuous physical exercise and the ability to play the difficult literature encountered in the activity. All students enrolled in the band program are invited to march with the band, drumline and colorguard. The marching band performs at football games, parades, and competitive festivals in the fall. Mr. Cvijanovic, Ms. Scotton and a staff of collegiate music students and area professionals will instruct the ERHS Wildcat Marching Band. The WMB often performs at five competitions during the Fall Season and has a history of excellence, often receiving awards in various captions and ratings of Excellent or Superior.
The Symphonic Band is the primary performing organization in the instrumental music department during the winter and spring. In addition to classroom rehearsals, the group will meet occasionally after school. The Symphonic Band will be comprised of students who perform with the Eastern Randolph Wildcat Marching Band and have the performing ability necessary to play level IV, V and VI literature, and gives three to four concerts each school year. In the Spring, the Symphonic Band will perform for the Central District Music Performance Adjudication Festival. In the previous four years, the Symphonic Band has received Straight Superior ratings from all judges in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The Symphonic Band performs a variety of literature, including standards from the wind repertoire as well as new music. The band was part of a consortium in Central NC that commissioned "The Machine Awakes" by Durham based composer Steven Bryant and are currently involved in a second consortium commissioning a work by John Mackey. Members annually audition for All-District Band, participate in Solo & Ensemble Festival, and are often members of various college honor bands, RCS / ACS All-County Band
Students may elect to audition for Jazz Ensemble. The jazz ensemble plays for community events and performs throughout the spring. Students explore a variety of styles, including Swing, Bop, Latin, Funk, Ballads, and learn the basics of improvisation. The jazz ensemble is held throughout the year and rehearses after school. Students may also to elect to form smaller jazz combos to be coached by Mr. Cvijanovic.
During the fall and spring, chamber ensembles can be formed. All band members are encouraged to perform in a chamber ensemble. Possible groups would be Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, Saxophone Quartet, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Quartet, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, etc. There will be a chamber performance opportunities in spring concerts and at Randolph County Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Students who are interested in dance, choreography, and movement may choose to audition for our colorguard, which performs with the Eastern Randolph Wildcat Marching Band in the fall. Members may also audition with other Randolph County students to perform with the Velocity Winterguard that competes in the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association in the spring. Members receive additional training from professionals in the area.
All percussionists in the band program are enrolled in the Percussion Ensemble Class. Students learn basic fundamentals and techniques on all percussion instruments and will explore many styles and genres, utilizing the "Six Common Elements" approach. In addition, students may choose to audition with other Randolph County students for the Randolph County Winter Percussion Ensemble, which competes in the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association in the spring.