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Welcome to the Hopewell Jr. Viking Band Website. The purpose of this site is to provide information to parents and students that will help make the junior high school band experience successful and meaningful. Please check back frequently for updates.

The instrumental program at Hopewell Jr. High consists of:

  • 5th Grade/Beginning Band
    • This is an entry level class for students wishing to play band instruments. Students will be exposed to the basics of playing an instrument (independently and as an ensemble) through various musical selections. Students meet two times a week during their study hall and perform a spring concert in May. This is not a graded class.
  • 6th Grade Band
    • This instrumental class is for students who have completed the 5th grade instrumental class. Rhythms, embouchure, hand position, posture, and tone production addressed in grade 5 is reinforced. Students begin learning more complex rhythms and extend the tonal range of their instruments. Students meet two times a week during their study hall and perform a spring concert in May. This is not a graded class.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Concert Band
    • Students enrolled in this graded course meet daily in a full concert band setting. Membership is open to all students who have successfully completed a band class in the previous year. This course will be a continuation of the technical training started in the beginning classes. Emphasis is placed on the attainment of skills necessary to meet high standards of music performance. This group will perform in the winter concert in December, a mid-winter concert in February, and the spring concert in May.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band
    • Students enrolled in this graded course meet daily in a full jazz band setting. Membership is open to all students who play alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, trumpet, and trombone and who successfully completed a band class in the previous year. Membership is open to pianists, drummers, guitarists, and bassists who successfully pass the audition at the end of the previous school year. This course will cover many types of jazz (swing, blues, Latin jazz, jazz rock) and also introduce the students to improvisation. This group will perform at the winter concert in December, a mid-winter concert in February, and the spring concert in May. (Students who play concert band instruments will also be expected to participate in the concert band portion of the concert). Additional jazz band performances will most likely be scheduled throughout the year.
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