Supported by the GPHS Band Booster Club

Glacier Peak High School Bands


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 and in the stands);               selected boys’ and girls’ basketball games and community             parades.
  • Grizzly Band builds pride in our school and music program.
  • Any GPHS student (whether enrolled in band 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 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. 
  • This zero hour class is open to all interested students. 
  • 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.