The band program at Daniel Morgan Intermediate School is part of a continuum of music studies offered throughout Winchester Public Schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and is the start of our instrumental music (band) program, which continues at Daniel Morgan Middle School and John Handley High School.
The curriculum of the DMIS band program is focused on developing the fundamentals of instrumental technique and music reading skills, while also exposing students to music theory, music history, and cultural and cross-curricular connections through the medium of a large ensemble. Students participate in two formal concerts per year, with some additional opportunities available for second year 6th graders such as parades and VBODA district events.
Course offerings in the DMIS band program include:
Beginning Band 5/6: Available to any student in 5th or 6th grade, no prior experience necessary. This course begins with an exploration of instruments to ensure that each student is placed on the instrument that best fits them. As the year progresses students learn basic instrumental technique and music notation fundamentals. Beginning Band students learn both individual and ensemble musical skills, allowing them to play music independently and together. Music performed in this class is VBODA level I. Students in Beginning Band perform on two concerts during the year.
Intermediate Band 6: Available to any 6th grader with one year playing experience, this course reviews basic fundamentals of playing and reading learned in Beginning Band, and then builds upon those skills by expanding instrument range and implementing more complex musical concepts and techniques. Music performed in this class ranges from VBODA level I-II. Students in Intermediate Band perform on two concerts during the year and have additional optional performance opportunities such as the Apple Blossom Firefighters’ parade, Solo & Ensemble Festival, and District Band auditions.