Ensembles

Our program has continued to expand and become more and more active. Here is a layout of our ensembles.

Concert Band

Description: Concert Band is an ensemble comprised of students who have played their instruments from 0-4 years at a beginning or intermediate level.

Objectives: To establish foundational skills in performance, music literacy and music theory. To enable students to audition for and gain acceptance into the CMMS Wind Ensemble. To inspire a lifelong love for learning their instrument, through the remainder of middle school, high school, college and beyond.

Performances: Four quarterly concerts, Area Cluster Concert, Music in the Parks Festival, Promotion.

Prerequisites: Commitment to rehearsals and performances.

Wind Ensemble

Description: The premier performing ensemble at CMMS, the Wind Ensemble is an advanced placement ensemble which prides itself in performance at a level on par with some of the best in the state of California. Students in this ensemble have played for 1-5 years at an advanced level.

Objectives: To study performance techniques, music literacy and music theory in a deep, meaningful context. To establish the essence of fine musicianship, advanced technical facility and comprehensive musicianship. To prepare students for performance in high school and beyond. To develop a love for learning their instrument at a high level.

Performances: Four quarterly concerts, Stockton Heat Game, Music in the Parks Festival, CMEA Bay Section Festival, Area Cluster Concert, UOP Lab Ensemble,  Band Tour, Lodi Light Parade, Promotion.

Prerequisites: Acceptance via placement audition, commitment to rehearsals and performances.

 

CMMS Eagle Marching Band

Description: A companion ensemble to the Wind Ensemble, all students in Wind Ensemble are also in the marching band. This is a group that prepares and memorizes a march for the Lodi Light Parade and any other parades we may be asked to participate in.

Objectives: To develop a foundation in marching techniques and music memorization. To utilize music performance, literacy and theory knowledge in a real-life application. To prepare students for a high school and college marching program.

Performances: Lodi Light Parade

Prerequisites: Acceptance into Wind Ensemble

 

Jazz Ensemble

Description: An extra-curricular ensemble which meets every Friday from 3:30-5:30 PM. Students in this ensemble have been playing for 1-5 years at an intermediate to advanced level.

Objectives: To provide an introductory framework for jazz techniques, theory and improvisation. To prepare students for performance in high school and college jazz ensembles. To allow for a comprehensive educational experience through extra-curricular ensembles.

Performances: Winter Concert, Prism Concert, Music in the Parks Festival

Prerequisites: Invitation/ approval of director; commitment to rehearsals and performances

 

Percussion Ensemble A

Description: An extra-curricular ensemble which meets alternating Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a select group of serious young percussionists who desire a more challenging curriculum than the ensemble they are playing in.

Objectives: To provide an opportunity for students to develop intermediate to advanced proficiency in percussion techniques and reading rhythms. To allow for exploration into various musical art forms. To prepare students to play in a high school or college percussion ensemble.

Performances: Prism Concert, Music in the Parks Festival

Prerequisites: Approval by director; commitment to rehearsals and performances

 

Percussion Ensemble B

Description: An extra-curricular ensemble which meets alternating Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a group of students with an interest in learning the basics of percussion technique and performing in a percussion ensemble.

Objectives: To provide an introduction to percussion techniques and ensemble playing. To assist students with reading notes and rhythms. To prepare students to participate in Percussion Ensemble A and high school/ college percussion ensembles.

Performances: Prism Concert

Prerequisites: Commitment to rehearsals and performances

 

Our ensembles here at CMMS are known for their stellar, superior performances. This would not be possible without the incredible commitment, hard work and perseverance of students and parents alike within our band community. GO EAGLES! GO BAND!