FRESHMAN CONCERT BAND - Director Mr. Durand Thomas
Students should have participated in the 8th grade band program or be approved by the high school directors. We welcome all students with different levels of ability on their instruments. Beginning musicians are allowed to selct this band and will be required to take one Instrumental Technique lesson per week.
CONCERT BAND - Director Mr. Durand Thomas
Students should have participated in the grade 8 concert band program or be approved by the high school directors. We welcome all students with different levels of ability on their instruments. Beginning musicians are allowed to select Concert Band. Students electing this course will be required to take one Instrumental Technique lesson per week. This band is open to students in grades 10-12
WIND ENSEMBLE - Director Mr. Durand Thomas
Students should have been a member of of the 8th grade band at Park or Terrill middle school, high school concert band, or approved by the directors. Members of this group are selected by audition only. All members are recommended by the director.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TECHNIQUES - Directors - Mr. Durand Thomas, and Mr. Joe Reo
Students electing this course will be aided in the further development of techniques such as breath control, tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, and sight reading. All students in band are strongly advised to elect at least one period a week.
MARCHING BAND - Director Mr. Durand Thomas Assistant Director Mr. John Gillick
The SPF Marching Band is a performing group that is made up of students from the concert band and wind ensemble. Students who are in the 8th grade from Park and Terrill Middle School are also invited to be a member of the marching band. The band is comprised of brass, woodwinds, percussion, and color guard. The marching band performs at varsity football games as well as competitions locally and nationally. The SPF Marching Band is a member of the United States Scholastic Band Association. The band practices Monday and Wednesday (3:00pm-6:30pm) Thursday (6:00pm-9:00pm). There is a two week mandatory band camp that is held at the high school during the last two weeks of August. The band will hold "spring training" during the months of April, May, and June. These rehearsals are also mandatory. During the year Saturday and Sunday will be added as football games are scheduled as well as competitions.
MOONGLOWERS - Director Mr. Durand Thomas
The MOONGLOWERS is an award winning performing jazz band for all high school students. The MOONGLOWERS are New Jersey's oldest school jazz band and they have been state champs for many years. The band is a 2 credit course and all high school musicians can audition as well as students in the 8th grade jazz band at Park or Terrill Middle Schools. Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year or in June of the previous school year. Minimum requirements for the Moonglowers are to be proficient on their instrument, willing to perform all styles of Jazz, and a commitment to rehearsals and all programs.
SPF JAZZ - Director Mr. Nicholas Ellis
The SPFHS Jazz Band is an award winning performing Jazz Band for all high school students. The band is a 1 credit course and all high school musicians can audition as well as students in the 8th grade jazz band at Park or Terrill Middle Schools. Students must have a commitment to rehearsals and all programs.
JAZZ LAB (MONDAY) & (THURSDAY) - Director Mr. John Gillick
This band is open to all students and there is no audition for these bands. The lab band meets once a week and the students explore a variety of styles such big band swing, latin, and fusion jazz.
"RHYTHMSENSE"-Director Mr. Joseph Reo
This percussion ensemble gives the students the opportunity to further the study of all percussion which includes snare drum, bass drum, timpani, cymbals, and all mallet instruments. The ensemble allows the students to perform a wide variety of music which includes jazz, pop, and Latin.