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Courses Offered at Foley HS

We offer courses not only to just band students, but to all of the students at Foley High School.

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Wind Ensemble

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Colorguard/Winterguard

This is a year-long course that focuses on dance, body movement, flag, & rifle choreography to music.  Membership is based on auditions that take place in spring semester prior to the upcoming school year.  The members participate and perform with The Mighty Band from Lionland Marching Band.  Once fall season has concluded, guard will move into the indoor Colorguard season during the spring semester.  

Winterguard meets during the spring semester and performs at local/regional performances based on the Gulf Coast Percussion and Color Guard Circuit.  It is very much marching band for guard only; in addition, performances are in a gymnasium. Guard will practice during and after school.  Auditions are necessary for the placement of students in Varsity or Junior Varsity squads and will happen in November at the conclusion of 

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Symphonic Band

This is a year-long course is designed to focus on developing good fundamentals and techniques.  The goal is to prepare students to move into the Wind Ensemble.  Placement is based on audition and/or director recommendation.  Auditions will take place during late spring semester prior to the beginning of the school year.  Members of the ensemble are required to participate in the The Mighty Band from Lionland Marching Band.  Private lessons and participation in Solo & Ensemble Festival are strongly encouraged.
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Percussion Ensemble

This year-long course will focus on developmental skills necessary to become a well-rounded percussionist.  This offers a more one-on-one environment for percussionists and the opportunity to experience unique percussion instruments and literature in addition to the standards.  This is required for all percussionists.   The members participate and perform with The Mighty Band from Lionland Marching Band.

This year-long course gives students the opportunity to play more advanced wind band literature.  This group focuses on the application of good fundamentals to quality wind band music.  The ensemble is made up of mostly 9th-12th grade students.  Members of this group are expected to be highly prepared for each meeting while displaying a professional level of maturity, conduct, and rehearsal etiquette.  Placement is based on audition and/or director recommendation.  Auditions will take place during late spring semester prior to the beginning of the next school year.  Members of the ensemble are required to participate in the The Mighty Band from Lionland Marching Band.  Private lessons and participation in Solo & Ensemble Festival are strongly encouraged. 

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Piano

We offer Piano I, II, & III at Foley High School.  Students learn how to play piano from the very beginning: music notation, rhythms, and techniques to progress.  No matter the type of experience, little to none, there's a place for students to learn piano or take it to the next level. Piano started with only 8 pianos with two sections.  Since then, Piano class has tripled in growth, and has added sixteen additional pianos.

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Guitar

At Foley High School we offer Guitar I, II, & III.  These classes are offered to the general school population.  It does not matter the level of experience you have, Guitar teaches you from the very beginning.  Through this class, students have formed rock bands, 2022-23 school year's first Mariachi Band, and record in the sound engineering room.  Guitar has more than triple its growth since it was first established.

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Foley Steel Pan Ensemble

This year-long course meets during the school day only.  There are typically no after school rehearsals with this group; however, there are performances that occur throughout the school year.  Foley Steel Pan has played in many performances during Mardi Gras Parades, Social Gatherings, Charity Events, and has performed at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

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Trombone Choir

These groups meet after school once marching season has come to an end.  This group meets after school only.  There is a variety of music played by these ensembles, and performances happen throughout the school year.  This is non-audition-based ensemble.  Trombone Choir has performed many events around the Foley Community and they have performed with college to professional ranged trombone instrumentalist.  

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Music Production & Engineering

Music Production & Engineering (MPE) was first established 2020-2021 School Year.  Students gain an understanding of basic Music Theory, sound equipment setup, terminology on sound equipment, a understanding to copyright laws as it pertains to music, and much more.  In addition, MPE has ran live sound for school events such as theater performances.  For the 2022-2023 school year, we will be offer a second level class.

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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble meets after school once marching season has come to an end.  This ensemble focuses on playing jazz literature in a variety of styles.  Placement in Jazz Ensemble 1 is based on audition when the spot becomes available.  All other members will be placed in Jazz Ensemble 2.  All members of Jazz Band are students scheduled in band classes during the school day.  Jazz Ensemble has performed at many community events in Foley.

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