Beginning Band

The beginning band program at McCulloch Intermediate School is unique and serves as the foundation for the entire band program. Composed of individual sections, the beginning band program is structured to teach each student the fundamental music skills required to be successful on each individual instrument.  Classes offered in beginning band include: Flute, Double Reeds (oboe and bassoon), Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Low Brass (euphonium and tuba), and Percussion (not just “the drums!” – percussion students learn how to play all concert percussion instruments through a rigorous introductory course). Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

During the school year, the McCulloch Intermediate School Beginning Band has the following goals and objectives:

  • To learn and demonstrate the band content standards as outlined by the Texas State Board of Education
  • To learn and demonstrate the process of creating and perfecting music through various concerts and performance opportunities
  • To introduce and master fundamental instrumental technique and musical ability
  • To develop and grow music vocabulary and theory
  • To prepare for middle school band playing standards

Beginning Band Class Directors:

Mr. Vanhook: Clarinets, French Horns and Trumpets

Ms. Pfaff: Flutes, Double Reeds and Saxophones

Ms. Stiles: Trombones, Euphoniums and Tubas

Mr. Cunningham: Percussion

 

Symphonic Band

Directors: Ms. Pfaff, Mr. Vanhook, Mr. Cunningham

Meeting: All-Year, 6th Period

Prerequisites: Students with one or more semesters of prior band experience are placed into Symphonic Band based upon audition results.  

This intermediate-level band class emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and UIL contest. The band is a full ensemble which plays grade 1-2 literature. This course focuses on reinforcement of basic fundamentals, increasing music ability and range, and preparing students for performing in the Wind Ensemble and in high school band. The elements of more melody and harmony and interpretation are reinforced, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through solo and ensemble performance, Pre-UIL Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, the North Texas Festival of Distinction, TMEA Region 20 All-Region Honor Band auditions, and All-Region concerts. Students will attend one weekly co-curricular section practice, or “sectional,” which will take place either before or after school. These are scheduled the first week of school and will be the same day each week and will continue into the month of May. Attendance at these are mandatory, graded, and are considered an extension of classroom instruction. Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

Director: Mr. Vanhook, Ms. Pfaff, Mr. Cunningham

Meeting: All-Year, 5th Period

Prerequisites: Students with one or more semesters of experience are placed into Wind Ensemble based upon audition results.  

This advanced-level, rigorous band class emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and UIL contest. The band is a full ensemble which plays grade 2-4 literature. The students continue developing solid fundamentals, increase music ability and range, and prepare students for high school band. The elements of more complex melody and harmony and interpretation are addressed, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through solo and ensemble performance, Pre-UIL Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, the North Texas Festival of Distinction, TMEA Region 20 All-Region Honor Band auditions, and All-Region concerts. Students will attend one weekly co-curricular section practice, or “sectional,” which will take place either before or after school. These are scheduled the first week of school and will be the same day each week and will continue into the month of May. Attendance at these are mandatory, graded, and are considered an extension of classroom instruction. Due to the rigor of Wind Ensemble, private lessons are strongly encouraged. 

Honor Band