Duke School offers four instrumental ensembles. All rehearsals are held in the Middle School Performing Arts room. Band practice may be during the school day or after school.
Beginning Band: The Beginning Band is comprised of Duke School’s youngest instrumentalists. This group meets three days a week after school for one hour and is open and all students grades 4-8. In this ensemble, students learn how to play and care for their instrument, proper rehearsal etiquette and the basics of music literacy. Because we cover such foundational music skills, there is no prior music training required to be a member of this ensemble.
String Orchestra: The Orchestra is new to Duke School this year. This group meets two days a week after school for one hour and is open students grades 4-8. String playing experience is not required to join this group, however, it is preferred. In this ensemble, students will play and perform various types of literature, both classical and contemporary. This group will also occasionally collaborate with other ensembles to make the grandest musical experiences!
Concert Band: The Concert Band is comprised of Duke School’s most experienced musicians and they meet twice a week for an hour and a half. This group is open to students grades 4-8 who have completed beginning band or pass an audition. In this group students are pushed by playing and performing the most challenging music. Many students in the concert band take private lessons on their instrument. This group best serves students who are serious about improving on their instrument and taking on musical challenges.
Jazz Ensemble: The Jazz Ensemble serves as Duke School’s Jazz and Contemporary music identity. The group is open to students grades 4-8 and there is an audition required. This group meets once a week for an hour and a half. Most students in this group are also in the Concert Band, however it is not a requirement for rhythm section players (piano, bass, guitar and drum set). This ensemble best serves hardworking students who are interested in learning about blues, rock and jazz music, as well as methods for improvisation.