White Oak High School Band
1001 Piney Green Road
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: (910) 455-1541
Fax: (910) 455-1078
Perry Ditch - Director (Email)
Joshua Singleton - Asst. Director (Email)
Below is a description of the performance ensembles that are offered to students as a member of the White Oak High School Band program.
The Concert Band is an intermediate ensemble that consists of students in grades 9-12 in the fall and primarily of freshman in the spring. The purpose of this ensemble is to introduce students to the pedagogical techniques of the White Oak High School Band program, and to enable students who have had minimal experience on an instrument, the opportunity to improve their musicianship skills and be a part of a performing ensemble. The Concert Band also serves as a medium for current band students to become familiar with a secondary instrument.
Throughout the course of the semester, students will focus on the development of skills and knowledge associated with instrumental music by repeating and expanding upon the skills learned at the middle school level. This ensemble will study and perform a diverse amount of mid-level (Grade 3-4) high school concert literature.
The Symphonic Band is an intermediate, upper-level ensemble consisting of students from grades 10-12. Freshman who demonstrate a high level of musicianship and dedication may also be a member of this ensemble, at the request of the director. The purpose of this ensemble is to raise students’ musicianship skills and standards to new levels by placing a strong emphasis on practicing proper instrument techniques, and repeating and expanding upon skills learned at the middle school and Concert Band levels. As a member of this ensemble, students are expected to practice and perform at their highest ability. This ensemble will study and perform a diverse amount of upper-level (Grade 5) high school concert literature.
The Wind Ensemble is the most advanced instrumental group of the White Oak High School Band program, consisting of motivated and highly-skilled students in grades 11-12. The purpose of this ensemble is to expose students to advanced levels (Grade 5-6) of high school and college band literature that allows students to develop an appreciation for different genres of music, while noticing the benefits of consistent practice and increased musicianship. Students of this ensemble are expected to be serious about improving their musical skills, and are required to dedicate significant time to personal practice. Members of this ensemble are encouraged to audition for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Eastern All-District Band.
The Jazz Ensemble is a group composed of students in grades 9-12 who rehearse in the morning, prior to school, and who dedicate themselves to the study of Jazz and sharing this art form with others. The purpose of this ensemble is to develop proper ensemble blend and balance, individual musical responsibility, various Jazz stylistic concepts, and improvisatory solo skills. On many occasions, this ensemble will be responsible for performing at many different venues in the community. Participation in the Jazz Ensemble is rigorous, and requires dedication and significant practice.
On many occasions throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in a small ensemble. The benefits of rehearsing and performing in a small ensemble are overwhelming, and they can greatly improve a student’s tone, intonation, balance, listening skills, and confidence. Small ensembles offer students the ability to rehearse and perform on a much smaller scale than a large performance group, and they help teach individual responsibility, due to every student having their own individual part to play. In addition, students gain experience in working collaboratively, solving problems, and utilizing their leadership and social skills. Students who decide to create a small ensemble are strongly encouraged to participate in the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Eastern District Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication in the spring.
The Pit Orchestra is the primary instrumental ensemble that provides musical accompaniment for the White Oak High School spring musical production. The ensemble is chosen by the band director and is intended to be composed of the most accomplished, motivated, and promising instrumental music students in the school. The Pit Orchestra rehearses after school during the months of January, February, and March.