SPHS Music

OUR PROGRAMS

Symphonic Band

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Students may take SYMPHONIC BAND as a class at SPHS. The group performs at the school's winter concert  in December and the spring concert in May. They also travel to the Anne Arundel County Band Festival in April and participate in the annual  instrumental music spring trip. Over the years, many of our band  students have played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in its Side-by-Side program, as well as the All-County and All-State Bands. 

ALL COUNTY & ALL STATE BAND HONORS

Orchestra

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Students may take string ORCHESTRA as a class at SPHS. The group performs at the school's Winter Concert in December and the Spring Concert in May. They also travel to the Anne Arundel County Orchestra Festival in April and participate in the annual instrumental music Spring Trip. Over the years, many of our orchestra students have played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in its  Side-by-Side program, as well as in the All-County and All-State Orchestras. 


ALL COUNTY & ALL STATE ORCHESTRA

Percussion Ensemble

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Students may take PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE as a class at SPHS. The group performs at the school's Winter Concert in December and the Spring Concert in May, as well as at the County and State Solo & Ensemble Festivals in the Spring. There is great variety in skill level of the students at the beginning of the year, ranging from percussion beginners to students who have spent years playing in symphonic or marching band. 

MARCHING BAND

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The MARCHING BAND season begins for most students in early August with band camp, including day-long rehearsals for almost two weeks. For percussionists, particularly the drum line, there are practices and auditions in June, and a special percussion camp the week before regular Band Camp.  
After Band Camp is complete, after school rehearsals begin - approximately four days a week. Starting in September the group attends home football games,  performing the national anthem before the game, their field show at halftime, and spirited music in the stands throughout the game. Then from late September through early November, the band participates in competitions most weekends. SPHS also hosts its own marching competition in October.
The  marching band sometimes performs during the annual spring trip, then  they get back together for the local Severna Park Fourth of July Parade where they march and perform. A number of our students expand their marching experience over the summer by participating in a drum corps, or one of many music camps. 

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COLOR GUARD

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COLOR GUARD is a group of students who provide an artistic interpretation of the music through dance and the synchronized spinning of flags, rifles,  sabres and other props. Color Guard has been called the “Sport of the  Arts”  because it is equally athletic and artistic.
In  the fall, the color guard participates in all marching band activities including practices, competitions and half-time performances at football  games. During marching band competitions, the guard adds to the overall score of the band, but is also judged in its own category.  
In the Winter and Spring, the color guard practices and competes independently of the band through a regional indoor/winter guard circuit.   

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WINDJAMMERS | JAZZ BAND

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Students join the WINDJAMMERS by audition in the early Fall, with all rehearsals after school. The group performs at the school's Winter Concert in December and the Spring Concert in May, as well as at various jazz clinics throughout the year.  In some years they also participate in the annual instrumental music  Spring Trip. Our jazz students have also played in the All-County Jazz Band. 

ALL COUNTY & ALL STATE JAZZ BAND

ALL COUNTY & ALL STATE AUDITIONS/PERFORMANCE DATE LINKS

AACPS MUSIC PROGRAMS

AACPS Music oversees county-wide music programs & BSO programs


  • All County - Band, Orchestra & Jazz
  • BSO Side-by-Side
  • Solo & Ensemble Festival

AACPS MUSIC WEBSITE

MARYLAND MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

MMEA oversees state-wide music programs


  • All State - Band, Orchestra & Jazz
  • All State - Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • State Festivals


MMEA WEBSITE

VIVACE SUMMER PROGRAMS

Looking for a unique Summer experience?  Check out Vivace programs.

VIVACE WEBSITE

ALL COUNTY DATES

Orchestra Auditions - TBA

Band Auditions - TBA

Solo & Ensemble Festival - TBA


ALL STATE DATES

ALL STATE Band & Orchestra Weekend - Jan 31- Feb 3 - Morgan State University


ALL STATE Jazz Band Weekend - Feb 21-23 - UMBC


ALL STATE Solo & Ensemble Festivals - 

May 11 - State String & Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festivals

May 18 - State Wind & Percussion Solo & Ensemble Festivals - Towson University

BSO SIDE-BY-SIDE DATES

OCT 14 - Side-by-Side Auditions - 5:00 PM

Magothy River Middle School

OCT 28 - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - 4:15 PM

NOV 4 - Side-by-Side Rehearsal - 4:15 PM

CONCERT - TBD


OCT 22 - Young Soloist Auditions - 2:30 PM

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall