The Honor Band at Simmons is made of up of 7th and 8th grade students in the middle school band program with either one or two years of experience. Honor band students have to complete a rigorous series of pass off lines to be selected as part of the Honor Band. Honor Band is the top performing ensemble at Simmons Middle School performing at several honor band festivals, school and community events, and recruiting events for the band program. This year the Honor Band will be performing at the 2019 University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival.
Cadet Band is made up of 7th and 8th grade students in the Simmons Middle School Band. The Concert band is our intermediate level concert band program that focuses on the fundamentals of playing music, and students taking their musicianship to the next level. The concert band is made of primarily second year 7th grade students and some third year 8th grade students. The concert has consistently made superior ratings and the music performance assessment and performs at all band sponsored concerts.
Simmons is proud to offer beginning band to both 6th grade students and 7th grade students. Our beginning band is made of up over 155 6th and 7th grade students each year excited about learning their new instrument. Beginning band is where students learn the fundamentals of music and band. No previous band or music experience is required to be in beginning band. It is open to anyone! The beginning band performs at all band sponsored concerts.
Jazz band is open to all 7th and 8th grade students that have been playing their instrument for at least one year. Any student that plays saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass guitar, mallet percussion, and drum set are welcome to be in jazz band. Right now, there is no audition for jazz band. Jazz band meets Tuesday mornings during the school year and performs at all band sponsored concerts.