The Golden Eagle Marching Band
The band season includes band classes during the school day and the extra-curricular marching band activities that take place mainly during the fall semester. Participation in marching band is optional, but students are required to take a band class in order to participate in marching band and students who elect to take certain band classes are required to participate in marching band.
The Golden Eagle Marching Band performs at all Naples High football games, various community events, parades, and at marching band competitions during the fall season each year. The music and marching routine changes each year, but the band performs the same routine throughout the Marching Band season.
The goals of the Golden Eagle Marching Band are:
- To instill in each member pride in their talent and in their program. You get out of it what you put into it.
- Unity – To build an intense desire to belong to a dedicated team.
- Success – To reap the internal benefits of hard work, practice, discipline, and teamwork.
- Respect – To promote respect within the program and the members for themselves, each other, and for their equipment.
Membership in the Naples High Band Program
The band program is open to all interested students who demonstrate the desire and proper attitude to be a member of the group. Student placements are made to serve the best interest of the band as a whole. Everyone will have an equal and fair opportunity for band participation provided they meet program requirements and abide by band policies.
As a requirement of Florida Law, all students in band are expected to maintain an academic average of 2.0 in order to be eligible for admission into the program. Continued membership is contingent on the academic student’s eligibility.
Marching band season begins in July, with daylong classes on marching “fundamentals” in preparation for the NHS Marching Band kickoff party, which is usually the Friday before school begins. This event is open to the public and is a first-run show for our students. It is also a great time for parents to get involved and meet other band parents as we spend a lot of time together over the course the student’s high school years. Band camps and training days are required for all band students. Band Camp takes place in late July and early August, and is two weeks of intense practices that prepare the students for a rigorous marching season. The first week students report to Naples High at 8am and stay all day until 5pm. They learn the music for their show and begin to perfect the choreography of the half-time and pre-show routines. Students spend most days outside on the practice field, so they should bring a filled one gallon water thermos with their name on it and sunscreen. Band Booster volunteers are vital to the success of band camp. They are on hand to assist in paperwork collection, hand out supplies throughout the day, fit students for uniforms, hand out water, and help with prop building.
After School Practice
Once school starts, marching band members practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from approximately 6:05 pm until 8:35 pm. Students should be in place and ready to work at the start of practice. These practices are outside if the weather allows, so water and sunscreen are imperative.
Once the football season starts, the marching band performs a pre-show and half-time routine for each home football game and the half-time show during away games, which usually fall on a Friday night. During the initial games, the show may be incomplete, and the band uses those games to perfect their show and practice in front of a live audience. In addition, the band plays music from the stands when they are not preparing for or rehydrating from their halftime performances. The students stay throughout the entire game and play the fight song after the game. They then go to the band room and change out of their uniform and stow their equipment. Students are usually not ready to leave until 20-30 minutes after the game ends.
On football game days, the students report at 4:30 pm to prepare for Home Games. Call times may vary for away games. Band Booster parents are on hand to provide uniform assistance, take pre-orders for dinner, and assist in getting equipment to and from the field. Students are permitted to eat during the 3rd quarter of the game. Pre-orders are not required but are a huge convenience to the students who do not have to wait in the general concession line and enjoy the student rate for purchases. In addition, parents sign up to bottles of water to the band members after their halftime performance. Parents who do not volunteer and who want to see the performance must pay admission to the football game which is roughly $5 for regular games, although discounts are available if you buy a multi-game tickets.
Every game, we need six to eight parents to assist with the Pit Crew, which helps move large drums, show props, and other percussion equipment into position as the marching students are taking their position on the field to begin the show. Pit Crew members help with each performance, which means they get free admission to football games and travel with the band on competition Saturdays. The band also needs a parent with a truck to pull the band trailer to competitions. This parent also typically helps out on the Pit Crew. These duties last throughout the marching season, from late August through December.
Competitions take place on various Saturdays’ beginning in September and continue through the marching season. Typically, NHSB competes in 5 marching competitions during a season. These dates are posted in advance and are not excused absences. Students meet at NHS and take a bus to the competitions. Some of the competitions are hours away and some days they may have more than one competition scheduled, so often the students are gone all day. These events also require 6-8 volunteers each time. Volunteers enjoy free admission to the competitions as part of their volunteer commitment.
Parades take place on various Saturdays and Holidays through the marching season and school year. Typically, NHSB participates in 3-5 parades each year. These dates are posted in advance and count towards student grades. Students will either meet at NHS and take a bus to the parade location or may be asked to get dropped off at a designated meeting place before the event. Parades are a great way to show our Golden Eagles to the community. These events also require 6-8 volunteers each time.
The Naples High School Concert Band is composed mainly of underclassmen members of the Golden Eagle Marching Band. Entrance into the Concert Band does not require an audition, but does require prior participation in a Middle School band program. The Concert Band focuses on performance of high-level wind literature with focus on proper performance fundamentals in tone production (individual and ensemble), rhythm, dynamics and expression. All members of the Concert Band are members of the Golden Eagle Marching Band.
Students in band classes perform at concerts that are open to the public at several venues throughout the year. For these concerts, students will be provided with either a concert dress or a tuxedo and will need to have appropriate black shoes or may be asked to wear their own “concert black” attire. In addition, band students perform these concert pieces for judges at city/county, district, regional and state competitions. Students may also audition for city/county, regional, and state honor bands and ensembles. These auditions take place on designated times and dates throughout the year and consist of students playing scales, set pieces and sight reading pieces. Students prepare for these auditions as part of their band classes.
The Naples High School Battery and Front Ensemble are the heartbeat of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and are comprised of 9th-12th graders. Entrance into the Percussion Ensemble DOES require an Audition (May of the previous school year) or with the Director’s approval. Students will be exposed to demanding percussion musical literature in conjunction with the Golden Eagle Marching Band as well as featured performances outside of marching season with the Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and their own small groups. All members of the Percussion Ensemble are members of the Golden Eagle Marching Band.
Indoor percussion is open to any Naples High Student regardless if they are enrolled in a band course. If you know students that are percussionists that have sat on the sideline, invite them out! Rehearsals currently take place on Thursdays from 5pm to 7 pm at designated times throughout the year. There is a separate $250 program fee for this program, which can be paid in installments. More information on this program will be given at a later date.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The Naples High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the elite performing concert band of the Naples High School Music Department. Entrance into the Symphonic Wind Ensemble DOES require an audition (spring of the previous school year), or with the Director’s approval. Students will be exposed to performance of high level wind literature with focus on proper performance fundamentals in tone production (individual and ensemble), rhythm, dynamics and expression, as well as the introduction to music theory concepts throughout the year. SWE members are also given an opportunity to work with middle school students from the surrounding area during the winter and spring each year. All Members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble are Members of the Golden Eagle Marching Band.
The Naples High Jazz Ensemble is a performance group dedicated to learning the ins and outs of the jazz music idiom. Entrance into the Jazz Ensemble DOES require an audition (May of the previous school year) or with the Director’s approval. Students will be exposed to performance of high level jazz literature with focus on proper performance fundamentals in tone production (individual and ensemble), rhythm, dynamics and expression, as well as the introduction to jazz music theory and improvisation. The students will be performing literature typically with ONE student per part. This ensemble is featured around the Naples area frequently as public relations for Naples High School, along with the mandatory performances of the group throughout the year. All members of the Jazz Ensemble (except for rhythm section players) must be assigned to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion, or Concert Band Classes as their first priority.
The Color Guard (Flag/Weapons/Dance line) is an elite auxiliary unit of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and serves as one of the component visual ensembles for the band program. Entrance into the Color Guard DOES require an audition (April/May of the previous year or at the Director’s approval). The Color Guard unit will focus on the performance of the eurhythmic arts through the use of flag, weapons and other equipment with accompanying music, dance, and body movement. The Color Guard teaches students musical and visual phrasing through the use of accompaniment music as well as discipline, focus and PRIDE. Choreography will be provided in some instances and other instances will require student creativity. Members of the Color Guard are members of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and should adhere to standards set by NHS Band Program at all times.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of something SPECTACULAR? Calling all dancers, performers, artists, musicians, etc.… Do you have what it takes to be in the Naples High School Winter Guard? Come join us!
The season lasts from December to April with rehearsals on Mondays and Fridays, and competitions on Saturdays. There is a separate $200 program fee for this program, which can be paid in installments. This fee includes the cost of your uniform, transportation, contest fees, & equipment. More information on this program will be given at a later date.