District 63 offers a wide variety of band programs serving students from 5th to 8th grade in all seven schools.
Concert Band is open to intermediate - advanced band students at Gemini Junior High. Participants learn many essential musical skills, including reading notes and rhythms, performing, working toward successful performances as part of a team, and listening to and evaluating musical performances. Concert Band also focus on discipline, honesty, cooperation, and working with classmates towards a common goal - and has fun doing it!
Elementary Band is for 5th and 6th grade students interested in learning to play a musical instrument. These students are in their preparatory stages of learning a wind instrument or percussion. In these first two years of their musical studies, they build a strong foundation of playing position, note reading, and playing in a musical ensemble.
Gemini Jazz Bands are ensembles that play various styles of music, including jazz, rock, funk, and latin music. Jazz Band 1 travels to at least two competitions and also performs at several other events each year. Auditions are required for entry to Jazz Band 1. Jazz Band 2 is open to any 6th-8th grade student who would like to participate.
Symphonic Band, which meets daily during 4th period, is made up of 7th and 8th grade musicians who have auditioned to participate. In addition to daily rehearsals, students meet for small group lessons during the school day once a week, on a rotating basis. Participants build on fundamental musicianship skills, continue to develop ensemble skills, explore the role of music as an art form, and discover how music is used by different cultures as a form of expression.