At nearly 300 members, the Mercer Island High School band program is one of the largest in the state, and includes close to one in every four MIHS students.
Students enrolled in the Marching Band perform challenging literature that inspires and motivates both our sports teams and audiences alike. The Marching Band performs at all MIHS home football games, as well as the MIHS Homecoming Parade in the fall. Smaller groups, our Animal Bands, perform at all home basketball games.
In addition, the MIHS Marching Band has performed at other times of the year, such as The Tournament of Roses, the London New Years Parade, and on numerous other national and international stages.
The Mercer Island High School Concert Band program is made up of four bands:
The MIHS Concert Band is composed of freshman band students. Students enrolled in the Concert Band perform innovative new literature as well as valuable core compositions in the band repertoire. The Concert Band performs at two concerts during the year as well as Fine Arts Showcase and the Eastshore Band II Festival.
This is an auditioned group made up of over 80 juniors and sophomores. Students enrolled in the Symphonic Band perform innovative new literature as well as valuable core compositions in the band repertoire.
The Symphonic Band performs at two concerts during the year, as well as Fine Arts Showcase in the winter and the Eastshore Band II Festival in the spring.
This is an auditioned performing ensemble in the MIHS concert band program. At over 70 members strong it is made up of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students enrolled in the Wind Symphony perform challenging literature that represents the cutting edge in the compositional world as well as valuable core compositions in the band repertoire.
The Wind Symphony performs at two concerts during the year, as well as Fine Arts Showcase in the winter and the Eastshore Band I Festival in the spring.
In addition, the MIHS Wind Symphony has performed at numerous national festivals including the Dixie classic Festival in Washington D.C. and the Heritage Festival in Chicago.
The MIHS Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble in the MIHS concert band program. This 55 member ensemble was created using standard wind ensemble instrumentation and performs challenging literature that represents the cutting edge in the compositional world as well as valuable core compositions in the band repertoire.
The Wind Ensemble performs at two concerts during the year, as well as Fine Arts Showcase in the winter, Eastshore Band I Festival in the spring, and numerous national festivals.
The Animal Band is the well-earned and unique name of the MIHS pep bands. Comprised of all the members enrolled in the MIHS concert band program, the Animal Band is really four bands, each comprised of one quarter of the MIHS Marching Band members. Known for its high level of musicianship as well as its undeniable volume and enthusiasm, the Animal Band is an integral part of the success of Mercer Island Girls and Boys Basketball. Look and listen for the Animal Band at this year’s boys and girls home basketball games.
The MIHS Percussion Ensemble plays a critical role in the band and at the high school. Percussionist are selected in 5th grade through audition and lottery, and after freshman year they meet as a separate class daily. Largely the “heart-beat” of MIHS school spirit, the “drum line” typically leads the student body through the school hallways and into the gym during assemblies and other activities and are called on to play at Breakfast of Champions, various fundraisers and sporting events.
Steel Drum Band
Mercer Island High School’s two Steel Drum Bands explore the performance of traditional Steel Band Music of the Caribbean. Core competencies including correct performance practice, style, improvisation, music theory and history as applied to the Steel Pans are emphasized. Students in Advanced Steel Band expand their knowledge base to include other genres and greater complexity of music.
Mercer Island High School has several Jazz Bands. Jazz Ensemble is a class and Jazz 2 and Jazz 3 practice in the mornings.
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