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    Information for 8th grade Band Students
    Posted on 05/04/2021
    Musical Notes

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome to Ingraham High School and the Ram Band!  I am planning for our regular fall routine this year.  As we know, plans can change in our uncertain world so I will try to communicate as best is possible.  I am hopeful we can have in-person auditions this year at Ingraham. I will make a final decision regarding this in June, and if need be, I will accept video auditions.

    Ingraham has two concert bands, two jazz bands and Percussion Ensemble.  All percussionists should register for percussion class and sign-up for an audition. There is no audition for the Symphonic Band.  Wind Ensemble is our smaller, audition only group. Freshman winds and brass players should register for Symphonic Band. If they intend to audition for Wind Ensemble, schedules will be adjusted in June after the audition process.  Wind Ensemble is a limited instrumentation ensemble.

    Wind Ensemble/Percussion Auditions will be held the week of June 14. Students should prepare a 1 – 2-minute solo that demonstrates range, articulation, and style. Major Scales and sight-reading will also be part of the audition.  Percussionists should prepare a snare solo that demonstrates rhythmic knowledge and roll proficiency.  After the audition process, students will be notified, and I will adjust schedules as necessary.  Contact Shane Henderson to set-up a time, please include student's name and instrument in the message. Additional audition instructions will be included in the reply.

    Band camp will be held August 16 – 20 from 9 – 3 for all Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band members. At this camp we learn the Ingraham marching technique, our first song to the halftime show and other pep music we play in the stands.  There is no charge for this camp held at IHS, students should bring lunch and water bottles.

    Auditions for Jazz Ensemble will be held on Monday August 23.  Sign-ups for jazz auditions will be the week prior at camp or via email contact.  Students should prepare a Medium swing and Ballad melody for the audition.  Eb and Bb blues improvisation and sight-reading will also be part of the audition.  For the 2021 – 2022 school year both Jazz Bands will meet during “0” period starting at 7:55.

    The next few months are going to be transitional in many ways. Please don’t hesitate to email with questions/concerns regarding band in high school. I will do my best to provide you with the information I have. 

    Shane Henderson

    swhenderson@seattleschools.org