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Big Band: I090
The Big Band is CRLS's large jazz ensemble. Consisting of over twenty students playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, drums, piano, vibes and vocalist, the goal of Big Band is to provide each student with the opportunity to study and perform various styles of jazz in a highly challenging setting. The ensemble emphasizes music theory, ear training and improvisational technique. Students will be expected to participate in all events at which the Big Band performs including assemblies, competitions, concerts and civic events. Students are encouraged to take this course over multiple years to continue to develop their technical and performance skills. The goal of the ensemble is to create a culture that fosters a community in which students respect music, the ensemble and each other. Big Band is a full year course that requires an audition each fall. The ensemble rehearses Tuesday evening 6 - 9PM in the band room, 0607.

Chamber Music Collaboration

Chamber music consists of small groups of student musicians that meet before or after school, depending on that group's schedule. Ensembles are student-led with the possibility of receiving coaching from a Longy School of Music or Radius Ensemble expert. All chamber groups meet periodically throughout the year to play for each other in master classes and have the opportunity to perform in the Chamber Concert in June. Please contact Ms. Umbro for more information.

Concert Band, Period Five: I055
This is an after school section of CRLS's large ensemble, Concert Band. This ensemble is open to all students who play a woodwind, brass and or percussion instrument. The goal is to provide each student with the opportunity to actively participate in creating quality music in a group setting and develop individual growth in achieving musical excellence. The repertoire of the ensemble includes classical, pop, patriotic, and movie soundtracks. This ensemble performs at the Winter and Spring concerts in the Fitzgerald auditorium, the Thanksgiving Eve Football Game, and the Memorial Day Parade. Students will develop skills in thoughtful reflection and critical thinking that will create a caring, positive and welcoming atmosphere for all students. This section meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:35-4PM in the band room, 0607.

CRLS Modern Dance Company (MDC)
CRLS students learn and perform dance works created by advanced students, faculty, alums, and professional guest artists. Rehearsals take place after school, and each dancer's schedule is based around their availability. Participation is by audition only. PE credit is available for this activity.

Students at PianoDrum Line Club
Join us every Friday 2:30 - 4PM. In this course, students will learn how to play in a Percussion Ensemble. The instrumentation includes traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments such as snare drum, bass drum, multi-toms, cymbals, timpani, world percussion instruments, mallets (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba), piano, guitar, and bass. The Drumline perform at the Memorial Day Parade and Thanksgiving football game with Band. The Percussion Ensemble plays featured pieces at the Winter and Spring concerts and performs as band members. Students are encouraged to take this course for continuous semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their composition, technical, and performance skills. 

Mainstage Drama Productions
Mainstage drama productions present after-school opportunities for students interested in performance and technical theater. Productions are mounted in the fall, winter and spring, and the auditions are open to any student in the school regardless of previous experience.

String Orchestra
AM/PM String Orchestra meets Monday evenings from 6 - 8PM and Friday mornings from 7 - 8AM in Room 0607. Join us and play at the semester concert! If you play violin, viola, cello, or upright bass, contact Ms. Umbro for more information.

Technical Theatre / Backstage
Students interested in working lights, sound, costume, and technical theater are invited to sign up with Mrs. Farwell in the VPA office.

World Jazz Ensemble (I091 HN)
This jazz ensemble will focus on the performance of a variety of musical styles from many areas of the world, such as South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Instrumentation will be piano, bass, drums, guitar, horn, strings, woodwinds, and vocals. This ensemble will include original materials written and performed by the students as well as the instructor. The course will also focus on how the rhythm section works in many different styles. In addition it will include recording and basic music production using professional music software. The World Jazz Ensemble will perform at school concerts and community events. This advanced ensemble is for students who have played their instruments for at least two years. Meets once per week after school; Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: Year; Credits: 4 per semester; Prerequisite: By audition with Mr. Nojechowicz.

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