The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned concert band that uses a limited number of players on each part. This group plays more advanced music at the concerts. Each student in symphonic and concert band plays a chair test for Mr. Mancini in December (beginning the day after the holiday concert), after which everyone is put in a chair order. This means that the highest-scoring player in each section is first chair, followed by the next-highest scoring player, and so on. The top members of each section come together to form the wind ensemble, which meets during one of the lunch periods three days per week beginning in January. Symphonic band members who are in wind ensemble attend the opposite lunch period from non-wind-ensemble members, but they are together in symphonic band class between the two lunches.
Wind ensemble members are placed at the end of their sections in symphonic and concert band classes to allow others to play the first and second parts. When a major work is handed out to the "grand symphonic band," however, wind ensemble members likely will play the most difficult parts.
Instrumentation for the CHS Wind Ensemble is as follows:
4 flute (incl. 1 piccolo)
1-2 bass clarinet
contrabass clarinet (optional)
2 alto, 1 tenor, 1 bari sax
1-2 string bass (optional)