Meet the Melbourne High School Band
Melbourne High Band provides students with a full program marching band, three levels of concert bands and two levels of jazz bands. Additionally, we have an I.B. music course, A.P. Music Theory and Percussion Ensemble.
The Pride of Mel Hi Marching Band
The Pride of Mel Hi is the most visible and engaging part of the band program. The Pride of Mel Hi is the spirit in the stands at our home football games. Additionally, the Pride compete in a couple of marching competitions each year.
All students enrolled in band are expected to participate in both marching and concert band unless extraordinary circumstances exist that prevent such participation.
Band Camp is the most important part of the marching band. It is required for every member, and always begins three weeks before the first school day.
The Concert Bands of Melbourne High School
The Concert Bands
The concert bands are the main ensembles and are the priority groups for the band program.
We offer three levels of concert band: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony is the most advanced level of our concert band program. The often play medium to advanced level music ranging from transcriptions to modern literature.
The Symphonic Band is our intermediate level ensemble. They perform music in the medium to medium-advanced level.
The Concert Band is our entry level ensemble, performing music in the easy to medium range.
Each ensemble is designed to meet the performer where they are at, so that students' individual needs can be best attended to.
The Jazz Ensembles of Melbourne High
We offer three levels of big band style jazz ensembles at MHS. The Jazz Lab Band is our entry level group whereas the Jazz Ensemble is our advanced group. Some years we include a middle level group, Big Band. All groups require an audition to join. We are available for local performances, if time allows. If you are interested in having a jazz band or a small jazz combo perform at your next event, contact us!
Our percussion education gives students a focused percussion education on a variety of instruments and styles. We provide outside instruction from trained percussion specialists to give our percussion students more than the normal classroom experience. Our goal is to teach percussion not just drumming.