BAND is part of the Instrumental Music Department at Asawa SOTA. All Instrumental Music students receive instruction in both the academic and performance aspects of music. Performance covers solos, small ensembles, and large ensembles in 4 distinct strands–Band, Guitar, Orchestra, and World Music & Dance– each with its own director, audition process, and learning environment. The academic component, common to all, focuses on music history and musicianship. The Common Core classes are taught to the entire department. Students perform throughout the year and are regularly coached by other performers and Artists-in-Residence.
Band students study and perform pieces from Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble literature, and Chamber Music. Chamber groups include percussion ensembles, brass quintets, and woodwind quintets, in addition to collaborations with Orchestra and Piano. Band students are required to study ear training, sight singing, music theory, and music history with the other students in Instrumental Music. These classes help to create a well-rounded musician. There are many opportunities to play in a variety of ensembles such as Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Latin Band, and Afro-Cuban drumming.