High School Wind Ensemble
Conductor: Darrin Davis
The Wind Ensemble at Broken Arrow Senior High School features the finest musicians in the Broken Arrow band program. The Wind Ensemble meets first hour all year and is populated by mostly 12th grade students. The Wind Ensemble performs the finest wind literature and continues the development of refined, professional skills. Members of the Wind Ensemble will perform three school concerts a year and participate in OSSAA band contests and outside musical opportunities when they present themselves. The Wind Ensemble has performed at The Music For All National Concert Band Festival, Oklahoma Music Education Association State Conventions, and at various colleges such as The University of North Texas.
High School Symphonic Band
Conductor: James Stephens
The High School Symphonic Band is the second of three wind bands at Broken Arrow Senior High School. The Symphonic Band meets third hour all year and is populated by 11th and 12th grade students. The Symphonic Band focuses on refining instrumental playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Members of the Symphonic Band will perform three concerts during the school year and participate in OSSAA band contests. The Symphonic Band has been invited to perform at the Oklahoma Music Education State Convention.
High School Concert Band
The High School Concert Band is the entry level band at Broken Arrow Senior High School. The Concert Band meets second hour all year. Concert Band focuses on refining instrumental playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Members of the Concert Band will perform three concerts during the school year and participate in OSSAA band contests. Some students in the Concert Band will have the possibility to learn a secondary instrument.
The Wind Bands at Broken Arrow North Intermediate (Coming Soon)
The Wind Bands at Broken Arrow South Intermediate (Coming Soon)
Wind Band Events
Solo & Ensemble Contest
Solo and Ensemble is an adjudicated event sanctioned by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association in which students may play individually or in small groups. Soloists typically play with a piano accompanist. Ensembles usually number from 2 to 5 players, but sometimes are larger. Examples of ensembles that could perform at Solo and Ensemble Contest would be trumpet trio, flute quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet.
District Honor Bands
Each November students may audition for NBDA (Northeast Band Directors Association) Honor Bands. From this region of schools students are selected to participate in three bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band and
Wind Ensemble. The Honor Bands meet for a clinic in January on a Friday and Saturday and culminating in a concert on Saturday afternoon. Each of the bands is directed by a guest conductor, usually from a college or university band program.
All-State Band & Orchestra
The All-State Band and Orchestra membership is selected in November by an audition of students from across the state. The All-State Band and Orchestra rehearse and perform as part of the Oklahoma Music Education
Association Conference which is held in Tulsa each year late in January.
Large Group Band Contest
In the spring of each school year, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association sanctions an event in which concert bands play for judges’ comments and ratings. In April, the high school bands perform at the State level.