The Carl Hayden Falcon Marching Band is open to student in grades 9-12 with no prior marching experience required. Students with prior musical experiences on brass and woodwind instruments are encouraged to participate as a member of the Hornline. However, students are allowed to participate as members of the Drumline, Front Ensemble, and Color Guard with no previous musical experience. The director and staff will help find a successful role for anyone interested in joining the marching band!
Symphonic Band is offered as a full year course to students with previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument. During the marching band season, symphonic band is a continuation of the marching activity. However, the ensemble transitions over to concert season in mid November and begins work on a variety of repertoire ranging from small chamber ensembles to large symphonic wind ensemble pieces to works that include vocal collaboration.
Students are required to perform in concerts during both fall and spring semesters as well as participate in festivals.
The course is available with an HONORS component with additional requirements including: auditioning for Southwest Regional Festival, auditioning for Greater Phoenix Honor Band, and providing community service hours by giving lessons to younger instrument music students.
Beginning pand is open to any student who is interested in learning an instrument for the first time. Students are provided with instruments and are taught the basics of sound production including tone, technoque, and intonation. Students will be given an opportunity to play inseveral concerts throughout the year. Following participation in beginning band students are prepared to move into one of the other band offerings at Carl Hayden.
Winter Drumline & Guard
The Falcon Band Program is proud to offer a winter drumline consisting of front ensemble percussion as well as battery instruments. The winter program also includes colorguard members and will eventually branch out to offer a separate guard program and a middle school program available in the evenings. The goal of this course is to bring the marching activity indoors and give musicians the opportunity to participate in percussion and visual components they may not have the opportunity to perform on during the marching season. The course is open to anyone interested in learning about the activity but because we have a limited number of instruments, all parts are assigned based on an audition process.