There are five curricular concert bands at Fishers High School: Concert Band (beginning HS level), Symphonic Band Red and Silver (intermediate-level), Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble (advanced-level bands).
The vast majority of incoming freshmen will be placed into either Concert Band or Symphonic Band Red, mostly by recommendation of their junior high band director. Placement into Symphonic Silver, Wind Symphony, and Wind Ensemble is by audition only. Typically, auditions for the following year’s bands are held in late February or early March.
All of the concert bands perform four local concerts throughout the year, including the annual Performing Arts Festival, plus ISSMA Organization Contest in April. The two advanced bands may have additional performances.
Membership in Wind Ensemble is highly selective, granted to only the very highest scorers on the audition, and limited by instrumentation needs. It is expected that students in Wind Ensemble are enrolled in private lessons, participating in Solo & Ensemble Contest, and are pursuing their craft at a high level. Wind Ensemble competes in the ISSMA State Qualifications Contest, and has recently become a regular Indiana State Finalist.
All band students are encouraged to take weekly private lessons on their primary instrument when possible. Working one-on-one with a trained instructor is the best way to improve, no matter if the student is very advanced, or could use a little extra help. The individual coaching, as well as hearing a great model, is invaluable. Students who take lessons typically find themselves climbing the ranks quickly. If you are interested in taking lessons, please contact one of the band directors for a list of recommended private instructors.
Solo & Ensemble Contest
Solo & Ensemble Contest is one of the most popular extra-curricular performance opportunities. In late January and again in late February, student musicians can perform at this contest as individuals or in small groups. They receive awards and written comments regarding their performance, and earn medals for doing well in each event. Group I ensembles who are headed to State Contest usually also perform at a local recital in February. Participation in Solo and Ensemble competition is not required, but is highly recommended.
Additional Playing Opportunities
Fishers High School Band students have been regularly selected as members of the Indiana All-State Bands, All-State Orchestra, the ISO Side-by-Side Program, New World Youth Orchestra, and other honor ensembles. Information about auditioning for these prestigious groups will be made available throughout the fall semester to the advanced band students.
Upcoming Concert Band Events
Concert Band News
ISSMA has released the performance times for next Saturday’s state contest at North Central HS. Please visit the ISSMA Website to find your child’s performance time, location, and event maps. We are excited that 36 soloists and over 150 students are involved in...
Everyone who plays a school-owned band instrument is required to pay a $50/semester rental fee to Fishers High School. Instrument Rental forms for the spring will be given to the students next week. Please be prompt in taking care of this responsibility – this money...
Jenna Hardin is our student teacher this semester for the Fishers band program. She is a senior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is acquiring a major in clarinet and instrumental music education with a minor in wind conducting. While there,...