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Instrumental Music

Guess, Mr. Will
Director of Bands
Office: 412-366-6360 x 1402
Ziccardi, Mr. Ronnie
Elementary School Band Director
Office: 412-366-7170 x 3162
Elementary Band 
 
The following link will take you to the Elementary Band Website  where you will find additional information about beginning band. 
 
 
The Avonworth Band Program continues to thrive in quality and drastically increase in participation as the students work together towards being life-long learners and lovers of music. The elementary band program (grades 4-6) had 150 students performing on instruments in the 2017-18 school year and in 2018-19 there are 220 students involved.

All students who participate in the elementary band receive small-group instrumental instruction every six school days and students in 5th-6th grade additionally receive full ensemble instruction every other day. Please visit the elementary band website for more information about being a part of the band and other useful tools for students.
 
High School/Middle School Band

 

Concert Band

This year’s concert band involved 52 students in the high school and 65 students in the middle school. The student participated and performed in 3 annual concerts performing music at or above their ability level. The high school competed in PMEA Music Performance Assessment and was awarded a Superior rating. At least two students from each group represented our school district at PMEA district band events at their respective levels. We had a student who place first overall in PMEA State Band and first overall at Nafme All-Nationals and All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. Next year’s programs will continue to grow in numbers.


Marching Band

This year’s Marching band involved 75 students in grades 8-12. The band performed in 2 local parades, Friday night football games, 3 Band festivals, and countless parades and rallies during the school day. The marching band returned to Disney World to perform at The Magic Kingdom. This is the band second performance in a prime spot in 5 years.  Next year’s marching band will have anywhere from 80-90 members 8-12. 


Jazz Band

This was the fourth official year of the jazz band. Starting in November the jazz band rehearses once a week. The band is currently made up of grades 8-12 and has 20 members. The Jazz performed at the Distinguished Educators and School Board Member banquet in March of 2018. We performed our annual spring concert for the Small Ensemble Concert. The goal is to build up our repertoire and perform twice in the spring. In a couple years, the jazz band hopes to open for the Balcony Big Band at Jergel’s like many of the other local high school jazz bands.


Student Lead Ensembles

As of the spring 2019 there are two student lead small ensembles that meet and rehearse. We have a percussion ensemble that was lead by our percussion section leaders. The students schedule rehearsals and rehearse their peers. They will be performing on the small ensemble concert in the spring of 2019. A flute student also started a flute choir as part of her senior project. The flute choir meets every other Tuesday after school. The flute choir has students from 7-12th grades. Once again the student is rehearsing the students and will debut the group at the small ensemble concert.


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