Harrison’s Band Program is a recipient of the Sudler Flag Of Honor (2006) and consists of the following Performing Ensembles:
Fall Wind Symphony
The Fall Wind Symphony is a brass and woodwind techniques class. The curriculum for the class focuses on developing the technical skills needed for performing on brass and woodwind instruments as well as musicianship. Each band class meets for ninety minutes every day within a four-period block schedule and typically perform 5-6 concerts per year. The students also learn the music vocabulary used in the Harrison High School Bands. The Fall Wind Symphony meets fourth period during the fall semester.
The Concert Band is an extension of the Fall Wind Symphony that includes the percussion section. The literature for the ensemble ranges from grade 4 to grade 5 music. Each band class meets for ninety minutes every day within a four-period block schedule and typically perform 5-6 concerts per year. The Concert Band meets fourth period during the spring semester.
The Symphonic Band is an advanced ensemble including winds and percussion. The curriculum for the class focuses on technique and musicianship. Each band class meets for ninety minutes every day within a four-period block schedule and typically perform 5-6 concerts per year. The literature for the ensemble typically ranges from grade 5 to grade 6. The Symphonic Band meets second period during the fall and spring semesters.
The Wind Ensemble is Harrison’s highest advanced ensemble. The curriculum for the class focuses on technique and musicianship. Each band class meets for ninety minutes every day within a four-period block schedule and typically perform 5-6 concerts per year. The literature for the ensemble ranges from grade 5 to grade 6 including some of the finest collegiate and professional level literature available. The Wind Ensemble meets third period during the fall and spring semesters.
(See Links Below)
- Placement Test
- Stick Control
- Table of Time
- Duple Check Patterns
- Triple Check Patterns
- Staggered Accents
- Perc Class Mallets
- PAS Rudiments
- Rudiment Ritual
- Percussion Techniques Style Guide
- Harrison Percussion Video Recording Guide
- Practice Tips
- Practice Log
Harrison’s marching band is a 185 – 195 member volunteer organization.
The Harrison Marching Band, which includes the colorguard, begins rehearsing in the summer and continues through the football season. Performances include all home and away football games, pep rallies, select local parades, local competitions and exhibitions, and several BOA competitions. This ensemble is unquestionably the most visible performance group in high school.
The marching band is an extracurricular activity open to any current ninth through twelfth grade band student. Because the activity is a direct product of the skills that are developed in the band curriculum, only students currently enrolled in a band class are eligible to march, with the exception of colorguard. All students must meet the extra-curricular eligibility requirements as outlined below.
All extra-curricular extensions of the Harrison Band program (percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, colorguard, winterguard, indoor drumline, etc.) require any student previously involved in any part of the 6-12th grade band program to remain active in the band program in order to be eligible to participate. In order to avoid recruiting conflicts, if a student is active in one facet of the program, he or she may expand their involvement to band + another extra-curricular band activity, but may not limit their participation to “Extra-curricular only.” Once a student “drops” from band participation, they
are no longer eligible for extra-curricular participation.
Since the marching band enters into competitive events, all students must meet the Georgia High School Association and Cobb County academic and residency eligibility requirements. The details of these requirements are outlined in the Harrison High School Student Handbook issued to all students by their advisement teacher.
The marching activity is a demanding activity, both musically and physically. All participants must commit themselves to maintaining high musical performance standards and good physical condition.
Harrison Marching Band is one of the top competitive marching bands in the nation!
Harrison Indoor Percussion Ensemble – HIPE
The jazz program at Harrison is an extra curricular activity that consists of three separate big band ensembles. Each band meets one to two times outside of classes each week. The ensembles consist of the horn section (saxophone, trumpet, trombone) and the rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and percussion) The Harrison Jazz Bands perform annually at the Night of Jazz event usually scheduled in February.
Color Guard & Winter Guard
The Colorguard program at Harrison is an extra curricular activity that participates as a section in the nationally competitive marching band during the fall semester. The Harrison Winterguard is a competitive ensemble representing Harrison each spring semester. Each group meets two to three times outside of classes each week.