Music Ensembles & Class Descriptions:
The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band at Moorpark High and meets during period 1. Musicians are placed by audition and most to all are currently studying privately. This concert band plays works of many styles within the concert band repertoire that is consistently at a college to professional level of difficulty. This band performs many times throughout the year including school concerts, adjudicated festivals, special trips, or for recruitment. Clinicians will come throughout the year to work with the Wind Ensemble, and they will also be the selected ensemble to perform alongside any visiting university or professional/semi professional groups.
The Wind Symphony is the second concert band at Moorpark High and meets during period 2. Musicians are placed by audition and many are currently studying privately. This concert band plays works of many styles within the concert band repertoire that is consistently at a moderate to high level of difficulty This band performs many times throughout the year including school concerts, adjudicated festivals, or special trips. Clinicians will come throughout the year to work with the Wind Symphony.
The 2009-2010 school year was the debut year of the Moorpark High School String Orchestra and we are extremely pleased to see how much our music program has developed. Students who play a stringed instrument such as violin, viola, cello, or string bass can take part in this class and study works of all styles but in particular, the classical genre.
The String Orchestra takes part in school concerts, adjudicated festivals, and special trips as well as recruiting events. Clinicians and special guests frequently come by to assist the group as we grow. Eventually the string program will mirror the concert band program in class offerings and the experience of playing in a symphony orchestra will be available to MHS students.
The Moorpark Marching Musketeers is the hardest working group in the Moorpark High music program. They compete or perform in Parade and Field competitions all over Southern California. The Corps, consisting of the Band, Drumline and Colorguard provide an opportunity for growth and enrichment through very high work ethic. The marching band encourages each student to work toward his/her fullest potential by challenging the members intellectually, physically, and creatively, on and off the field. Membership in an organization such as the MHS Marching Musketeers, is a remarkable opportunity to both work as a team and gain individual recognition. Students experience leadership, learn discipline, cooperation and responsibility, while engaging in a creative and fun activity. Marching Band is a unique way to blend musicianship, visual achievement and excellent show design to create an entertaining show on the field or musical experience on the street. Check the website for information on our annual Moorpark High Battle of the Bands Field Show Tournament in November of this year.
The color guard is most well known for their contribution to the marching band in the fall. Using rifles, sabers, props, a wide assortment of flags, and artistic dancing, the guard provides a fantastic visual effect to the show. During the winter and spring, the colorguard competes as their own separate unit. Membership into the guard is by audition only and is open to all MHS students.
Each year, there are as many as three jazz bands in the Moorpark High music program. Jazz A has historically performed and competed in the heavy division at jazz festivals and has performed alongside some of the greatest jazz musicians around. In most years, a Jazz B is offered for beginners, those newer to jazz and/or their instrument. When possible Jazz C offers an opportunity for musicians to explore a second or even third instrument. All of the jazz ensembles perform regularly at school and local community concerts, and fundraisers, but they also compete at local and some out of state festivals including, in some years, the Reno Jazz Festival.
Instrumental Music Leadership Council (IMLC)
The Instrumental Music Leadership Council is a group of students that are talented, driven and extremely dedicated to the program. Each member of the IMLC is an inspiring member of the program that others look up to for guidance and direction. They volunteer hundreds of hours each year to help the program and the students that are a part of be organized aiding in success. These students aide the staff as well as boosters alike on many fronts. IMLC students represent their respective sections or ensembles while making decisions for the good of the program. IMLC applicants must write an essay, submit GPA, interview, and attend leadership classes.