MHS Marching Band
About the Ensemble
What is the Mukwonago High School Marching Band?
Our Marching Band is a competitive performing ensemble and is a part of the MHS band program. Students enrolled full time in the Mukwonago Area School District (or through Course Options) in grades 8-12 can participate in the marching band - there is no audition process. While the ensemble is a graded class, it rehearses entirely outside of the school day (like typical extra-curricular activities). The ensemble also serves as the pep band during the fall football season.
Do students get "credit" for being in Marching Band?
Yes, Marching Band is a class offered at Mukwonago High School and students receive 0.5 credits for their participation.
Who can participate in Marching Band?
All students currently in grades 8-12 can participate in marching band regardless of experience level or instrument! Even if you play an instrument that is not typically a "marching band instrument" (such as oboe, violin, piano, or vocals), we have a place for you. The ensemble is composed of three primary sections, and students are placed by instructors in a place where they can be most successful. he table to the right (or below on certain mobile devices) can be used to see what instrument your student will likely play in Marching Band based on their instrument they play in concert band (or choir or orchestra).
Wind Section ("Hornline")
Like a concert band, the "Hornline" is divided in Woodwind and Brass instruments. However, certain wind instruments do not hold up well in an outdoor marching setting (such as Oboe and Bassoon) - for these students, we are happy to provide some recommendations for which section to join. We have had many students learn a new instrument for marching band if they do not currently play an instrument that is used in the ensemble.
Woodwinds: Piccolos, Flutes, Alto/Tenor/Bari Saxes
Brass: Trumpets, Mellophones (marching French Horns), Trombones, Marching Baritones, and Sousaphones (marching Tubas)
Percussion Section ("Drumline")
In marching band, percussion is divided into two sections: Battery (marching percussion) and Front Ensemble (stationary percussion).
Students in the percussion section are assigned by their instructors to their instrument/subsection via placement audition. Students with physical limitations that may prevent them from marching (i.e. foot injuries) are placed by default into the Front Ensemble, where they can often play while seated. The Front Ensemble is also a good landing spot for students with a piano background, as the keyboard percussion instruments have the same layout as piano keys. Inexperienced students will not be placed into the battery. For students looking to get on specific percussion instruments, it is recommended that they participate in our winter drumline, Blue2 Indoor, and/or take private lessons.
Battery: Snares, Tenors, Bass Drum
Front Ensemble: Marimbas, Vibraphones, Xylophone, Bells, Synthesizer/Electric Piano, Rack Percussion (an assortment of concert instruments such as bass drum, cymbals, & tom-toms), Drumset, & more.
Colorguard Section ("Guard")
The Colorguard is the primary visual component to the program. This section helps "tell the story" utilizing Dance as well as spinning and tossing a variety of other implements including Flags, Rifles, and Sabers. No previous experience is necessary. Students interested in signing up for colorguard should contact the director.
How do I register my student for Marching Band?
Online Registration Form (now open for 2020!)
What fees are associated with participation in Marching Band?
A breakdown of student fees can be found here: Student Fees
Where can I find more information about the Marching Band?
The presentation below includes most of the information you will need to know about the program. However, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have - please contact Ms. Angoli by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any additional clarification.
Google Slides Presentation
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