Music Groups

Music Groups 2017-03-06T12:13:25+00:00

It’s never too late to start

Whether you like to sing a song, dance a cadence, twirl a flag, string a bow, blow a horn, beat a drum… you name it, we got it!

During school, after school, large group, small ensemble, free flow, or composed, there are many opportunities to be part of the music environment of Peters Township.

Check out our programs. We personally invite you to sing, dance, twirl, string, blow, beat along!

PTMB Events

Marching Band

The PTHS Mighty Indian Marching Band is an exciting way to perform and travel, across the region, with a group of talented students. For over 40 years the marching band has entertained in parades, half time shows, band festivals, and competed nationally. The marching band is also an excellent leadership opportunity with students chosen as drum majors, section leaders, and instrumental/Color Guard captains. It is comprised of instrumentalists from 8th to 12th grades, Color Guard performers from 9th to 12th grades, and managers from 9th to 12th grades.

All interested and eligible students should contact Marching Band Director, Lorne Hyskell, by email at hyskelll@ptsdwebapps.com.

Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony

The PTHS Wind Symphony is the advanced band in our instrumental department. Students are primarily in 11th & 12th grade and have demonstrated a skill level appropriate with the level of difficulty required for this ensemble. Students are selected into this ensemble via audition, have demonstrated an adequate skill level while being members of the concert band, or promoted based on instrumental needs of the ensemble. Seating auditions occur in the fall, and top performers are recommended for PMEA Honors and District band festivals.

As with all ensembles, this group usually travels every two years to a national adjudication festival. Directed by Mr. Milt Barney.

Concert Band

The PTHS Concert Band is the entry level band for high school musicians. Students are primarily in 9th & 10th grade and are automatically enrolled with no prerequisite. Students are auditioned for seating in the fall, and have the opportunity to improve and demonstrate an advanced ability resulting in promotion to the wind symphony. Freshmen are eligible for PMEA Junior High Band based on director recommendation. Sophomores are eligible for PMEA Senior High events based on performance merit.

As with all ensembles, this group usually travels every two years to a national adjudication festival. Directed by Mr. Milt Barney.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band

The PTHS Jazz Band is an advanced jazz ensemble that performs music from several genres of jazz and commercial music. Students are selected through an audition. The band includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Students learn the jazz idiom as well as improvisational playing. The band also usually travels every two years and performs in local community events each year.

This is a curriculum band and rehearses every day. Students who demonstrate excellent skills are recommended by the director for PMEA Honors jazz and other extra-curricular opportunities. Directed by Mr. Milt Barney.

Orchestra

The PTHS Orchestra is comprised of violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists in grades 9-12. There are no prerequisites for membership, but the majority of students started playing a string instrument in elementary school and progressed through middle school ranks to the high school level.

The orchestra performs annual concerts, local community events, and usually travels every two years to a national adjudication festival.

Directed by Mr. Stephen McGough.

Room 100 A capella Adrenaline

This course is a vocal ensemble for building high level performance in contemporary a cappella singing. It is open to students in grades 10-12 who have successfully auditioned. The ensemble will perform, analyze, and research popular music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Students will learn a variety of vocal styles using appropriate tone quality, intonation, diction, rhythms, musicianship, and microphone technique for performing a cappella, commercial/pop music. In addition to the vocal experience, this class will equip the student with basic music literacy skills - clefs, notes, staves, keys, rhythm. Focus parts are:  Vocal Percussion, Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. Performing is a key part of this ensemble.

Directed by Mr. Ryan Perrotte.

Symphonic Choir

Symphonic Choir is the advanced mixed choir and performs all styles of choral literature. Study includes vocal techniques, as well as, music reading, music theory, music history and a survey of the vast choral repertoire. Several performances are presented each year and frequently the choir performs in festivals and adjudication festivals.

Opportunities exist for qualified students to perform as soloists, in trios, quartets and in County, District, Honors, Regional and All-State chorus festivals. Directed by Mr. Ryan Perrotte.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir provides an opportunity for the developing music student to acquire additional vocal technique in a large mixed ensemble through the continued study of music reading, vocal technique, music theory, and music history. A varied repertoire, consisting of traditional, Broadway, popular, as well as, folk or jazz literature is explored and performed. Several performances are presented each year and frequently the choir performs in festivals.

Opportunities exist for qualified students to perform as soloists, in trios, or quartets at County, District, Honors, Regional and All-State chorus festivals. Directed by Mr. Ryan Perrotte.

Mixed Choir

Mixed Choir

Mixed Choir is a performing ensemble primarily for freshmen. Vocal technique, music reading, IPA and increased musical awareness are stressed. Traditional, popular, jazz, folk, and Broadway selections are performed. This group performs independently and with the other choirs at least twice per year, and serves as a preparatory experience for membership in Concert and Symphonic Choirs.

Opportunities exist for qualified students to perform as soloists, in trios, quartets and in County, District, Honors, Regional and All-State chorus festivals. Directed by Mr. Ryan Perrotte.