This is Atlee’s premier concert ensemble consisting of mainly upperclass advanced instrumental students. Atlee’s Wind Ensemble is considered one of the top performing groups in Central Virginia. Entrance is by audition and incoming 9th grade students are encouraged to audition.
The Wind Ensemble performs grade V-VI music on a regular basis and the course is offered with a weighted component. Students taking Wind Ensemble for weighted credit must complete extra projects and take private lessons on their instrument.
This group performs at all concerts and at the District I Festival in March. The Atlee Wind Ensemble has a long history of success. They were selected to perform at the 2004 VMEA IN-Service Conference. In addition, the Atlee Wind Ensemble has earned superior ratings each year since 2001.
Advanced performance techniques and pedagogy will be discussed with an emphasis on music theory and performance. Students participating in Wind Ensemble are expected to audition for All-District Band and perform in outside groups such as the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble and the Richmond Youth Symphonic Orchestra, to name a few.
Students in this group should maintain a practice regimen of 90 minutes per week.
The Jazz Ensemble at AHS is composed of mainstream jazz instrumentation. Entrance to this group is strictly by audition and students must also be enrolled in a second music class.
The Atlee Jazz Ensemble performs jazz music ranging in styles from swing, bebop, funk, fusion to contemporary. Jazz Ensemble is also offered with a weighted credit component. Students wishing to take Jazz Ensemble for weighted credit must complete extra projects and take private lessons on their instrument.
Students auditioning for this ensemble are required to sight read at a high level. In addition, students wishing to double on another instrument may do so with approval from the Director.
This select group of students will perform at all concerts and special events as needed throughout the school year. The Atlee Jazz Ensemble performs at the Miss Mechanicsville Pageant, local Elementary Schools, and attends the District VIII Jazz Festival in April.
The Marching Raiders represent the pride of Atlee High School. Participation is optional and is encouraged by all members of the Atlee Band Program. The group consists of colorguard, winds and percussion students.
The Marching Raiders perform weekly at all football games, competitions, parades and at the VBODA State Marching Festival. Students who participate in the Marching Raiders gain valuable education in leadership, teamwork, discipline and time management. There are no other classes at Atlee that can offer students as much as the Marching Raiders.
This group has a band camp schedule that begins during the first week of August. Band Camp is mandatory and ensures that the Marching Raiders are an impressive group by the commencement of the school year. Students who have vacation conflicts can still participate in the marching band! Please contact Mr. Rozecki if you have questions!
A vital part of the Marching Raider Band is the Color Guard.
This group follows the special schedule that begins during the first week of August.
The Percussion Ensemble is open to all percussionists who enroll. This class is made up of students of all levels of musicianship.
This ensemble prepares percussionists for full concert band. The emphasis is on increasing skill level in techniques in addition to sight reading. Students in Percussion Ensemble will perform contemporary music with varied instrumentation to demonstrate mastery in percussion performance.
Students in this group should maintain a practice regimen of 60 minutes a week.
The Atlee Symphonic Band consists primarily of Freshman and underclass students.
The Symphonic Band performs grade III-IV music and rehearses as a full band after school. All chair placements are based on audition in the fall. Auditions for these groups are during the first week of school.
This group performs at all concerts and at the District I Festival in March. The Symphonic Band has had a history of success with superior ratings at Concert Assessment each year. Emphasis will be on classical performance techniques and fundamentals. Each player will be required to pass proficiency quizzes on their instrument. Students in Symphonic Band are strongly encouraged to take private lessons on their instrument for enrichment and advancement.
Students in this group should maintain a practice regimen of 60 minutes per week.