Program Information


Welcome to the GPHS Band Program!

See below for descriptions of our ensembles.
Click HERE for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Grizzly Band

  • Grizzly band is the group that the general public thinks of as the high school band.  It is the “face” of GPHS Bands.
  • Marching/Pep Band that supports GPHS teams by performing at all home football games (marching & in the stands); selected boys’ and girls’ basketball games and community parades.
  • Grizzly Band builds pride in our school & music program.
  • Any GPHS student (enrolled in a band class or not) can be a member of the Grizzly Band.
  • It’s FUN!!

Percussion Ensemble

  • All percussion students in the band program enroll in the Percussion Ensemble class.
  • This class focuses on the specific needs of the developing percussionist.
  • All types of percussion instruments are covered along with drum line instruction.
  • JV and Varsity drum  lines compete at regional events.
  • JV and Varsity percussion ensemble large groups compete at the regional solo & ensemble competition annually.
  • Opportunities to compete as small ensembles are also available.

Wind Ensemble

  • Wind Ensemble is a performance-oriented course for advanced wind players.
  • Enrollment is based on audition and is limited to ensure proper balance of the ensemble. 
  • Wind Ensemble will give public performances within the community, as well as festivals and competitions throughout the Northwest. 
  • Private lessons for students in Wind Ensemble are highly recommended. 
  • Our purpose is to enhance musical skills through performance.
  • Students in Wind Ensemble demonstrate a high level of musicianship and skills  development.

Symphonic Band

  • Symphonic Band will focus on the performance of quality literature from the band repertoire. 
  • The primary duty is to prepare students for Wind Ensemble by developing skills necessary for a greater focus on performance.
  • Selection of music for this class will enhance the development of each individual’s musical technique and expression. 
  • Symphonic Band will give local public performances throughout the year as well as regional festivals and competitions. 
  • Private lessons for students in Symphonic Band are recommended. 

Concert Band

  • This class is open to all wind instrumentalists and focuses on the development of each individual’s technical proficiency. 
  • The primary duty is to prepare students for Symphonic Band by developing and refining musical skills. 
  • This class will concentrate on applying fundamental skills to entertaining and exciting concert band literature. 
  • Concert Band gives various public performances during the year and will participate in the MPMEA District Band Festival.
  •  Private lessons for students in Concert Band are recommended. 

Jazz I

  • Jazz I is the top performing jazz ensemble. 
  • Membership is through audition only. 
  • Jazz I members have demonstrated a high level of performance and improvisational abilities. 
  • This zero hour class will expose students to many different styles of big band music, and will encourage band members to develop improvisational skills. 
  • The bands will give public performances in the community as well as festivals and competitions throughout the Northwest. 

Jazz II

  • Jazz II is a preparatory performance ensemble. 
  • This is an auditioned group; membership may include non-traditional jazz instruments.
  • Students are exposed to many different styles of big band music, and will be encouraged to develop improvisational skills. 
  • The band will give public performances in the community as well as festivals and competitions throughout the Northwest.