What Is the difference between concert, symphonic, and marching band?
There are currently three symphonic/concert bands at James F. Byrnes High School. These bands perform concerts during the year and usually require a few after school rehearsals. We have many students who participate in these concert/symphonic bands that are not in the Rebel Regiment Marching Band.
Symphonic Honors Band plays college level music and is honors level credit.
Symphonic Band (also called Concert Band) is for 10th-12th grade students and performs high school level music. This band does not receive honors credit, but does receive elective credit and is a good stepping stone en route to being in the Symphonic Honors Band.
9th Grade Band is a Concert Band for all 9th grade students, whether they are in Marching Band, or not.
Marching Band performs at football games, competitions, and parades. There are classes available both semesters for all band students. Most all students in the Marching Band also participate in Symphonic/Concert bands, however, this is not required.
We practice after school from late August until the last competition, which is usually the first Saturday in November. After the last competition, we practice periodically to support football performances and parades.
See the band and guard calendars to get a feel for our schedule. Each group–winds, percussion, and guard–normally has an afternoon off during the week to allow for rest, extra school work, appointments, etc.
Will students be able to participate in athletics and band?
We encourage students to follow their dreams and the passion of their heart–band and sports. Several of our students participate in both activities.
Usually the answer is ‘yes,’ depending on the sport and coaches’ willingness to work with us. We have even had students play varsity football and participate in band, so this is possible. Winter and spring sports usually do not conflict with marching band participation.