The Florida Christian School Band department offers students from 5th grade to 12th grade the opportunity to be a part of one of the premier band programs in South Florida.
The bands are featured at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Concerts, Spring Concerts, Night of Jazz Fundraiser and high school graduation. There are also several after school groups students who are in Band can take advantage of, like: Drum Line/Pep Band, Jazz Combo, Middle School Jazz Band, Chamber groups.
As members of the Florida Bandmaster’s Association (FBA), FCS students participate in annual solo and ensemble competition and District adjudication. Students and Bands earn high marks and attend State adjudication annually. FCS band students also compete in the annual All State tryouts and represent the school at the All State event in Tampa. Middle School bands also compete in the annual FACCS Fine Arts competition.
Middle School and High School bands travel annually and get the opportunity to experience different cultures and perform in exciting new places. The FCS Bands have been to Universal Studios, Disney World, Colorado, New York City, Hawaii, Japan and more.
In addition to instruction from the band directors, FCS band students receive individual sectional instruction from professional musicians throughout the year.
In this class comprehensive musicianship of the students is facilitated through opportunities to perform in large and small ensembles. Ensembles perform for concerts and school functions as well as represent our school in various adjudicated festivals and competitions. Students are encouraged to take advantage of solo performance options both inside and outside the school. Students are given the opportunity to perform music of various styles and time periods. Anyone who is interested in playing a band instrument is welcomed to join. Prerequisite of beginning band experience or private instruction is not required for intermediate and advanced groups, but is strongly encouraged.
Instrumental Music Ministry (Jazz Band)
Instrumental Music Ministry (Jazz Band) explores the fundamentals of Jazz music; from Big Band Swing, Blues, to the more modern Funk and Rock. Students get a chance to learn jazz improvisation and will have many opportunities to play solos. The Jazz Band performs at all the band concerts and many of the school’s special events. This group also performs for the Florida Band Masters Association Music Performance Assessment for ratings. Coupled with the music, the students get the opportunity to study Biblical topics relevant to today’s world. An audition is required to be in the group and only those enrolled in Symphonic Band will be allowed to audition.