Calgary Board of Education

 
Band Program

James Fowler High School’s Concert Band participates in a variety of performance, workshop, and concert experiences throughout the year. These opportunities include festival performances, rehearsals with guest conductors, clinics with instrumental specialists, and both amateur and professional concert attendance. These experiences take place both inside and outside of regular class time. Out-of-city trips are also a regular part of the program. 

Courses Offered

Instrumental Music 10-20-30: his series of Alberta Education 5-credit courses takes place during the regular school timetable in first semester. It is recommended that students have junior high musical experience before enrolling in this series of courses. Students broaden their theoretical knowledge as well as technical skills through numerous activities, performance projects, playing tests, and written assignments, and then apply this knowledge to their work in the co-requisite course Band 15-25-35, which runs outside of the timetable.

Band 15-25-35: This series of CBE locally-developed 5-credit courses runs year-round outside of the timetable as a mixed-grade Concert Band on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and is a co-requisite course to Instrumental Music 10-20-30. This course is largely performance-based, and requires attendance outside of the timetable at mandatory performances. Also associated with this course are a variety of single day and overnight fieldtrip opportunities.

Instrumental Jazz 15-25-35: This series of CBE locally-developed 5-credit courses runs year-round outside of the timetable as a mixed-grade Big Band twice a week after school. This is typically an auditioned group, and enrolment in the course is determined in September by the teacher. This course is largely performance-based, and requires attendance outside of the timetable at mandatory performances. Also associated with this course are a variety of single day and overnight fieldtrip opportunities. The required co-requisite is Band 15-25-35.

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