Clark Intermediate School Instrumental Music Programs

Marching Band P.E. – Zero Period
Marching Band P.E. rehearses during the students’ zero period class.  This class is directed by Mr. Watson and Mr. Avery.  This class period meets everyday from 6:47 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Students will compete and participate in local parades and district events.  Students will receive P.E. credit. The primary benefit of the zero period offering is that it enables students to take two electives. In addition, students will gain a greater understanding of marching skills and get a head start on learning the advanced marching techniques they will need at Clovis High School. We encourage all students in the band program to take advantage of this offering.

To be eligible to march with us, all students not in zero period PE will be required to come to 6 or 8 of the 6:47 practices on Fridays. The specific dates of the mandatory Friday practices will be announced and will generally be the two Fridays preceding our marching events. Friday’s are late start days at Clark and we get over an hour of practice time. Students in zero period PE will not be required to dress out on days when we have the combined band because we will meet longer than the regular PE classes on that day and we can use the time they would need to change for extended rehearsal. The Friday practices are in lieu of after school or Saturday practices.  The purpose of the combined rehearsals is to give students the chance to learn the alignment and musical listening skills associated with marching with a very large marching band – plus Color Guard!!!

Symphonic Band – 1st Period
Symphonic Band meets during first period in room IA-8 and is under the direction of Mr. Watson and will be assisted by Mr. Joe Avery.  This class is offered to students who already understand the basic foundation of their instrument and provides the opportunity to excel in their primary instrument.  This class consists of the most proficient wind and percussion students.  Audition is required of every musician for the entry of this ensemble.  Students in this class are expected to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons.

Woodwind Class – 2nd Period                                                                                                                                 Woodwind Class takes place 2nd period in room IA-8 and is directed by Mr. Watson.  This class consists mainly of incoming 7th grade woodwind players or students learning a secondary woodwind instrument.  This class will focus on developing the students woodwind technique, while working on the overall musicianship of each student. Students in the woodwinds and brass classes will combine to form a full band for performances. Students in this group are encouraged to take private lessons.

Brass Class – 3rd Period                                                                                                                                                     Brass Class takes place 3rd period and is directed by Mr. Watson.  This class consists mainly of incoming 7th grade brass players or students learning a secondary brass instrument.  This class will focus on developing the students brass technique, while working on the overall musicianship of each student. Students in the woodwinds and brass classes will combine to form a full band for performances. Students in this group are encouraged to take private lessons.

Chamber Orchestra – 4th Period
Chamber Orchestra takes place fourth period in room IA-8 and is directed by Ms. Moore.  Students will participate in chamber playing and advanced concert string literature.  This class consists of the most proficient string students.  Audition is required of every musician for the entry of this ensemble. Students in this group are expected to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons.

Jazz Band – 6th Period
Jazz Band takes place sixth period in room IA-8 and is directed by Mr. Nunes. Students must be enrolled in zero period band p.e. in order to take a second music elective. All students are welcome to enter this class and no audition is required.  This class will offer all students the opportunity to learn jazz techniques and concepts. Students in this group are encouraged to audition for honor jazz groups and to be on private lessons.

Intermediate Band – 7th Period                                                                                                                         Intermediate Band is offered during seventh period in room IA-2 and is directed by Mr. Nunes.  This class offers students brand new to music or with limited experience the opportunity to be exposed to instrumental techniques and will focus on musical fundamentals. Students in this group are encouraged to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons.  This class period prepares students to audition for Symphonic Band.

Lower Voice Strings – 6th Period                                                                                                                                    Lower Voice Strings takes place 6th period in room IA-2 and is directed by Ms. Moore.  Students will participate in concert string literature and will continue to work on developing their musical knowledge.  Students in this group are encouraged to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons.

Upper Voice Strings – 7th Period                                                                                                                                    Upper Voice Strings takes place 6th period in room IA-8 and is directed by Ms. Moore.  Students will participate in concert string literature and will continue to work on developing their musical knowledge.  Students in this group are encouraged to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons.

String Orchestra                                                                                                                                                                   The String Orchestra is the combination of the 6th period Lower Strings and 7th period Upper Strings to form a full String Orchestra.

Color Guard – After School

Fall Season Description:

  • All Color Guard members will participate in the fall season color guard. This guard will compete as part of the marching band at various competitions held across the state of California.
  • Color Guard practice attire should be all form fitting black shorts/work out pants and black t-shirt with hair pulled back and away from the face
  • Rehearsals & Competitions are held August through November 2:45-5:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • The Fridays before marching competitions, additional zero period rehearsals (6:45-7:30am) will be held so that the color guard participants will have the opportunity to march with the band. In this case, no Friday afternoon rehearsal will take place.
  • Marching Competitions are held on select Saturdays during the fall (please check the website calendar for competition dates: www.clarkintermediateband.com).

Winter Season Description:
Winter Guard Season will start in the month of November and additional information will be handed out by Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Stratton.

Winter Percussion – After School (Dec-March)                                                                                              Winter Percussion rehearses after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45-5 p.m. as well as Friday evenings time TBD. during the months of December – March. Mr. Joe Avery is the head instructor and the group is under the direction of Mr. Avery and Mr. Watson. All members in this group must audition with Mr. Avery in late November or early December and must be members of the Clark Intermediate Instrumental Music Program.  Students will compete in the local San Joaquin Valley Color Guard and Percussion Reviews that take place from January- March.  During the months of April-June, the percussion students will meet at Clovis High or Clark once or twice a week to continue to work on developing their technique as they prepare to enter into the next grade level.

Of Note…
All Instrumental Music Classes (Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Marching Band/PE, Orchestras, Color Guard) are graded courses, and carry full academic weight. Grades are based upon attitude, improvement, attendance (rehearsals & performances), private lessons, honor groups, and individual performance tests.