Sanderson’s Wind Ensemble is an audition only class, featuring selected instrumentalists. As a serious music student, you will explore the art of music, from the classical "standards" to pieces by contemporary composers, and you will learn advanced techniques and musical concepts. The Wind Ensemble usually attends at least one judged festival during the year and is the featured performance group at many school functions.
The Concert Band is for students with general musical experience and studies lighter selections. You will advance in individual technique and grow in musical experience in preparation for more in depth study.
The Percussion Ensemble is a class is designed to give freshman and new percussion students a setting to enhance their percussion skills. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals of snare drum and keyboard percussion. The class also prepares several pieces for percussion ensemble that are performed at two concerts during the fall semester. All percussion students are expected to provide their own sticks and mallets for the instruments that are being studied.
Marching Band is a unique group of high school musicians and Color Guard dedicated to hard work, excellence and the performance of the best musical and visual half-time and parade show possible.
The Marching Band merges music with movement and visual effect on the football fields each fall in shows and competitions. In May, you will get music to practice for the next season. In July, you attend Band Camp to learn the show, giving you a chance to meet new friends before school starts in the fall. Learning the music and field routines is hard work, but the band always makes time for fun.
During the season the Marching Band performs at home football games, pep rallies, competitions and parades.
The Winter Guard is an indoor color guard performing art. Unlike traditional color guard, Winter Guard performs indoors in a gym. Performances make use of recorded music rather than a live band. The Sanderson Winter Guard season is from December to late March each year. Each season is comprised of performing an original show using flags, rifles and dance. They perform for multiple competitions each year and the Atlantic Indoor Championships.
The Winter Percussion consists of a large competitive concert percussion ensemble made up of keyboards, drums and sound effects. The winter percussion season runs from December through late March. Each year the ensemble is comprised of both percussionists and non-percussionists who perform an original show each year in local competitions in addition to Atlantic Indoor Championships. Winter percussion is open to all band students. Many students who play primarily wind instruments are also involved.