Ensembles

A.C. Davis Ensembles

 

The band officially formed as part of Yakima High School (now A.C. Davis High School) in 1927. For over 80 years the band has proudly represented the Yakima Valley at local, regional, and international events. Whether you prefer traditional concert band, jazz big band, percussion ensemble, musical theater, marching band or pep band, there’s something for everyone at one of our nearly 75 annual performances. We hope you can join us!

Wind Ensemble

Established 2000
Grade level: 10-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective
Prerequisite: Director Approval and Audition; Private Lessons

The Wind Ensemble is a select band that has performed a wide variety of contemporary and traditional literature. The ensemble has received superior ratings at regional instrumental contest almost every year. The ensemble has produced many outstanding musicians represented at the State WMEA Convention honor groups, WIBC, and State Solo Ensemble Contest, including most recently the Percussion Ensemble who placed 5th in Large Group Percussion at the 2010 event. This ensemble rehearses as a wind only ensemble, and is joined in the final stages of rehearsal by members of the Davis Percussion Ensemble.

YVMEA Band Festival Results

  • Superior Rating 2017
  • Excellent Rating 2016
  • Superior Rating 2015
  • Superior Rating 2014
  • Superior Rating 2013
  • Excellent Rating 2012
  • Excellent Rating 2011
  • Excellent Rating 2010
  • Superior Rating 2009
  • Superior Rating 2008
  • Excellent Rating 2007
  • Superior Rating 2006
  • Superior Rating 2005
  • Superior Rating 2004
  • Superior Rating 2003
  • Superior Rating 2002
  • Superior Rating 2001

CBC Wind Festival Results

  • Gold Rating 2017
  • Gold Rating 2016
  • Silver Rating 2015

Advanced Band

Established 1927
Grade level: 10-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Director Approval and/or Audition; Private lessons strongly recommended

Students wishing to be in the Advanced Band must play a band instrument and audition for this ensemble. (Woodwind or Brass). Literature performed will be intermediate traditional and contemporary compositions for concert band. This group will perform required evening performances, as well as attend the regional band contests. This ensemble rehearses as a wind only ensemble, and is joined in the final stages of rehearsal by members of the Davis Percussion Ensemble.

YVMEA Band Festival Results

  • Excellent Rating 2017
  • Excellent Rating 2015
  • Excellent Rating 2014
  • Excellent Rating 2012
  • Excellent Rating 2011
  • Excellent Rating 2010
  • Excellent Rating 2008
  • Excellent Rating 2007
  • Excellent Rating 2006
  • Superior Rating 2005
  • Excellent Rating 2004
  • Excellent Rating 2003
  • Superior Rating 2002
  • Excellent Rating 2001

Concert (Freshmen) Band

Established 2017-18
Grade level: 9
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Director Approval and/or Audition; Private lessons strongly recommended

Students wishing to be in the Freshmen Band must play a band instrument. (Woodwind or Brass). Literature performed will be intermediate traditional and contemporary compositions for concert band. This group will perform required evening performances, as well as attend the regional band contests. This ensemble rehearses as a wind only ensemble, and is joined in the final stages of rehearsal by members of the Davis Percussion Ensemble.

Percussion Ensemble

Established 2000
Grade level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Director Approval and/or Audition; Private lessons strongly recommended

This ensemble has a tradition of excellence. Past success includes 2008WMEA State Ensemble Timpani Soloist Geoff Smith, 1st Place; 2007 WMEA State Ensemble Large Group Competition, 3rd Place; and performances with the Blue Man Group. This ensemble rehearses as their own group and joins the wind musicians in the final rehearsals for performance.

WIAA State Solo Ensemble Results – Large Percussion*

  • 3rd in State 2007
  • 3rd in State 2010
  • Qualified for State 2015
  • Qualified for State 2017

*More information on the years this ensemble qualified for state would be appreciated!

Jazz Band 1

Director: Brian Beck

Grade level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Director Approval/Audition and Large ensemble enrollment.

This class consists of up to 20 musicians. Instrumentation is 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 1 piano, 1 string bass, 1 guitar, 1 drum set and 1 auxiliary percussion. Style of music will range from traditional swing, blues, be-bop, rock, and funk. Students will perform several out of school performances, as well as attend several jazz festivals and competitions. This class meets as a “Zero” hour outside of the regular school day, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

CBC Jazz Unlimited Results

  • Excellent Rating 2017
  • Excellent Rating 2016
  • Excellent Rating 2015

Jazz Band 2

Director: Reese Maultsby

Established: Feb 2016
Grade level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Director Approval and Large ensemble enrollment.

This class consists of up to 20 musicians. Instrumentation is 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 1 piano, 1 string bass, 1 guitar, 1 drum set and 1 auxiliary percussion. Style of music will range from traditional swing, blues, be-bop, rock, and funk. Students will perform several out of school performances, as well as attend several jazz festivals and competitions. This class meets as a “Zero” hour outside of the regular school day, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

 

Color Guard

Grade: 9-12
Course Length: 1 Semester
Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Prerequisite: Audition

The Color Guard is an intricate part of the Buccaneer Marching Band. There is an advisor for this group, aside from the head director. Rehearsals will be held after school twice a week. Performances include all football games, marching competitions, and parades. Students that are not in a band class can still participate and still receive credit as an independent study. Winter Guard options will be dealt with on a year-by-year basis.

The A.C. Davis High School Colorguard is the primary visual element of the Buccaneer Marching Band during the fall season. The color guard is an integral group that enhances the visual performance of the marching band (much like the soundtrack to a movie). Selection is based on tryouts in the spring. The group is under the direction of the Colorguard caption head. The color guard is provided with specially trained instructors on specific equipment. The guard may work on dance, rifles, sabres, and of course flags.

The color guard is an auxiliary component of the band. Members of the guard are included as band members. On a case-by-case basis, band members playing other instruments will be allowed to audition. Members are expected to continue advancement on their primary instrument through such pursuits as registration in a large ensemble, and private lessons.

The color guard will maintain a strict rehearsal schedule through the fall marching band season. Due to unique needs, the color guard schedule will not always be the same as the brass, woodwind and percussion rehearsals. Please carefully regard the specific color guard rehearsal schedule, it is sometimes different from the bands.

Buccaneer Marching Band

Grade: 9-12

Course Length: 1 Semester

Type of Credit: Fine Art/Elective

Required participation for students enrolled in Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble

Attendance Policy: Attendance is required to be an active member of the Buccaneer Marching Band. Your work schedule is not an acceptable excuse for missing any music event or rehearsal. Parents, please make every effort to schedule regular appointments around the music schedule whenever possible. Students are responsible for arriving at each rehearsal and performance on time and properly prepared. Parents are urged to see that their children take this responsibility seriously.

There will be times, hopefully few, when a member must miss a rehearsal or come late. It is the responsibility of the member to request from the director an excused absence or tardy, and the request should be made in advance. Generally, personal illness, family emergencies and religious conflicts are excused. Medical appointments are not excused unless they are emergencies.