About the Band
Keller Central High School is a Texas UIL Class 6A high school in the Keller Independent School District located north of Fort Worth, Texas. Established in 2003, the band program has grown steadily to its current membership of nearly 300 students. Learning opportunities for KCHS Band students include marching band, 4 concert bands, 2 nationally-competitive winterguards, percussion ensemble, indoor drumline, jazz band, various chamber ensembles and AP music theory. In its short history, the band program has seen much success including an appearance at the 2012 UIL State Marching Contest and 9 UIL Sweepstakes Awards. The Keller Central Marching Band appeared in BOA Regional Finals in St. Louis and Dallas in 2013, and Arlington in 2015. Most recently, the band was a semi-finalist at BOA Grand Nationals in 2015.
The Concert Ensembles
While the concert ensembles do the majority of their competing in the Spring semester, they still rehearse and perform concerts regularly throughout the year. Each student is placed via audition in a specific band class based on which ensemble best suits their ability level. Keller Central has four competing and one non-competing band. The hierarchy of the bands is as follows: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Ensemble and Instrumental Ensemble. Wind Ensemble represents the highest level of musical excellence at Keller Central while Instrumental Ensemble is a non-competing band where young students can continue to hone their skills for the future.
The Keller Central Marching Band encompasses all band students during the fall semester of the school year and PE credit is awarded for their participation. The band performs in multiple capacities throughout the semester. The band performs a “Spirit Show” at halftime during football games and supports the team through performances in the stands, at pep rallies, and in parades. The band also prepares and performs a “Competition Show” at a State and National level in University Interscholastic League (UIL) and Bands of America (BOA) competitions. To prepare for these performances the Marching Band rehearses 8 hours per week outside of the school day until the last competition or football game. There are also mandatory pre-season training camps during the summer that prepare the band to perform at early-season events.
Jazz band is a smaller ensemble that students may join in addition to their participation in a regular concert ensemble. Students in jazz band will learn a variety of musical styles in the traditional jazz “Big Band” setting and will perform a few times a year. Traditional instrumentation for the jazz band includes trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.
In the most general sense, Percussion Ensemble refers to all members of the percussion section as a whole. In addition to being a member of the Marching Band (drumline) and one of the concert ensembles, each percussionist will also participate in a variety of “percussion only” activities throughout each school year ranging from marching percussion competitions in the Fall and Spring, to on-stage concerts using traditional or novelty percussion instruments.
The colorguard is a visual performing ensemble that is considered part of the “band family.” The colorguard performs a combination of dance and drill that incorporates use of flags, rifles, and sabres as well as other props. During the fall, the colorguard provides important visual support for the Marching Band. In November, the colorguard begins preparing for competition in the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuit. The winter guard season is an important opportunity for colorguard students to perform as a stand-alone ensemble in a highly competitive activity, both at the local and national levels.