Frequently Asked Questions about the Performing Arts at Ingraham
can students become involved in the performing arts at Ingraham?
For the 2016-2017
school year, students may enroll in the following courses: Symphonic Band, Wind
Ensemble, Drumline, Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Vocal
Jazz, Concert Choir, Drama Production, Musical Theater, or Theatre Works.
can I get to know other families involved in the arts at Ingraham?
Plan on attending the annual summer BBQ for all performing arts students
and their families held at the end of the week-long band camp at the Haller
Lake home of the Jaeger family, IHS alumni.
Details are sent to all families in early August.
Come to the monthly boosters meetings, usually held the first Tuesday of each month in
the band room. This is the best forum for sharing ideas and learning the ins
and outs of performing arts at Ingraham.
Cheer on the band at fall
Volunteer at one of Ingraham’s many drama productions.
Volunteer to help at a concert.
Auditions are required for
the fall and winter plays and the spring musical (see #4 below).
Concert Orchestra is open to all
interested string players. Symphony Orchestra auditions for strings, wind, and
brass occur in June. Contact Heidi
Oveson for an audition time: firstname.lastname@example.org
Symphonic Band is open to all
interested wind and brass players. Auditions for Wind Ensemble are in June.
Jazz Band auditions are in August. Drumline auditions are in mid-June. Contact Shane Henderson for more information
Concert Choir is open to
all interested singers, with a placement audition held in the fall. Vocal Jazz
is an advanced choral ensemble and requires a placement audition. Vocal Jazz
auditions happen in the spring. Interested singers can contact the director at email@example.com
for more information. Both choirs are offered as yearlong courses.
students get involved in drama productions?
Students need to
register for the Drama Production class offered first semester in order to be
involved in the fall and winter plays.
This class requires an audition and/or permission from the teacher. Students interested in performing in the
spring musical audition in November and then enroll in the Musical Theater
class second semester. The Theatre Works
class is offered both semesters for students who then serve as tech crew for
the plays and the musical. The number of instrumentalists involved in the
musical is determined by the score, and those students prepare during regular
music classes and after school. Finally, there are numerous opportunities to be
involved in student-led drama productions, such as Dramarama and the Improv
involved in Marching Band?
All students enrolled in Symphonic Band
and Percussion Ensemble are also part of the Ram Band (marching and pep band).
6) What is the Drumline?
The drumline is an all-percussion
ensemble (selected by audition) that plays with the Ram Band and Symphonic Band,
Wind Ensemble, as well as a stand-alone ensemble.
7) Can a student register only for jazz
At this time, students in Jazz Band
(meets 0 period) are also expected to play in another IHS ensemble.
happens at band camp? When is it?
All members of Symphonic Band are
encouraged to attend a one-week camp usually two weeks before school starts. In addition to getting to know other band members,
students will learn to march, practice the pep music repertoire and be fitted
for uniforms. There is no fee for the
9) In addition to concerts, where else do
musicians at IHS perform?
All ensembles perform in 4 concerts at Ingraham during the school year.
A benefit “pops” concert is usually scheduled for a Friday in December, and all
the ensembles perform that evening. Marching Band also plays at all home
football games, and students rotate through the pep band to cover all home
basketball games. Concert
Choir participates in the STAR student outreach program at the EMP each year,
and Vocal Jazz performs in the community during the winter holidays. Concert
Choir hosts an annual choral exchange, and Vocal Jazz performs a solo night
each year. Jazz Band performs at a swing dance in the
spring. At the performing arts
fundraiser, students perform in small ensembles. Some musicians play in the
spring musical. Band, orchestra, and choir all participate in festivals and
competitions, and students are encouraged to compete in the regional Solo and
Ensemble festival in February (state competition is in late April). Individual
Ingraham musicians may also elect to audition for the all-state and regional
ensembles through the Washington Music Educators Association. Vocal Jazz
will travel with Jazz Band in 2017 to Moscow, Idaho, for the Lionel Hampton
Jazz Festival. Typically, an
out-of-state trip alternates with trips to local or regional competitions or
festivals, and all the music ensembles will travel together on a performance
tour out-of-state in 2018.
10) What is the required concert attire?
Orchestras: all black for both men and women.
Bands: Black pants, black socks, black shoes, and
white dress shirt with tie for men; black dress, skirt or pants and white,
long-sleeved top, black hose and black dress shoes for women. Marching band
uniforms provided by school. Students
purchase marching shoes.
black--long-sleeved black dress shirt, dress slacks and black dress shoes.
Choirs: Choir and Vocal Jazz
uniforms are owned by the Performing Arts Department and will be loaned to
students for the school year. A fine will be issued for loss or damage of choir
uniforms. Students are responsible for cleaning and pressing uniforms for
performances throughout the year. A cleaning fee is built into the annual lab
fee for cleaning services at the end of the year. Dresses, shirts, and ties are
provided. Black pants and black dress shoes are the student's responsibility.
Singers in Vocal Jazz will be responsible for obtaining a uniform shoe at the
beginning of the school year.
11) What fees can families expect to pay? (figures are approximate)
bands, $100 for orchestras, $60 for
Concert Choir, $100 for Vocal Jazz, $100
for Drama Production, $150 for Musical Theater.* Band, choir and orchestra also
travel to competitions; those costs vary and are not included in the fees paid
at the beginning of the year. Every other year, the ensembles go out of state
(next trip will be in 2018). *Ingraham
Performing Arts Boosters is committed to students’ full participation in the
performing arts program, regardless of financial circumstances. Scholarships are available.
12) How much fundraising is there?
opportunities to fundraise individually; monies earned can be used for trip
fees, marching shoes, etc. Students can do as little or as much as they
choose. There are also opportunities to
raise money for the entire program. See “Understanding IPAB Fundraising” for
13) How does being in performing
arts help with graduation requirements?
Band and orchestra satisfy the
occupational education requirements.
Marching band counts toward the requirements for a PE waiver. Talk to your counselor for more details.
14) How can I get involved?
possibilities are varied: come to
monthly Booster meetings, help with fundraising, attend the concerts and drama
productions held throughout the year, provide baked goods for sale at
performances, chaperone on trips and at competitions, help with publicity, sew
costumes, build sets, help backstage for
plays and musicals, set up stands and chairs at concerts, sell Boosters