After School Groups
Extra-Curricular Bands meet after school, much like athletic teams. These groups often are the visible part of the band program and they travel the most. Participation in a Curricular Band is a pre-requisite for participating in these ensembles. Some groups require director approval or an audition. Read below about each of our Extra-Curricular Bands!
The Willow Spring Sound of the Storm Marching Band meets completely after school as a full ensemble. It performs at all home varsity football games, learns an artistic show for local, regional and national competitions, and represents Willow Spring in area parades. The Marching Band often is the most visible band on campus, and because of the nature of the activity, this ensemble requires the most out-of-school rehearsals, performances, time, and money. Some of the marching band music will be rehearsed in band classes, but for the most part, all marching band activities occur outside of the regular school day.
The Willow Spring Jazz Band is a traditional big band, consisting of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. The band performs traditional jazz, latin and rock music from the 1920’s to the modern era. Jazz Band begins in early January and meets twice a week after school. The band performs at most school concerts as well as several area jazz festivals. Performances will be announced at least three weeks prior to the performance. Membership to this group is generally granted by audition, depending if enough students are interested.
Some years, a second group, the Jazz Orchestra, is offered as a “lab” group designed to let students explore jazz music and new instruments in a low-key, safe environment. This group allows students who play non-traditional jazz instruments learn a new instrument so they can audition for the Jazz Band if they choose. Typically, clarinets learn saxophone, horn learns trumpet and euphonium/tuba learn trombone. This group meets once a week in the spring semester and is open to all Willow Spring High School students.
The Willow Spring Winterguard begins about one week after marching band ends and meets throughout the Spring Semester with rehearsals totally outside of the school day. The Winterguard typically rehearsals 2-3 nights per week. This group will travel and compete at local, regional, and national level contests. Parents who can assist with sewing flags, helping with makeup and hair, and other assistance at rehearsals and performances are needed to volunteer their time, both during the fall marching season and during Winterguard. The Winterguard receives no funding from WCPSS and thus there is a membership fee. All members are expected to help with fundraisers to keep costs down for all members.