OUR UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS
WE PUT STUDENTS FIRST
Our students must be at the forefront of every decision we make for the band - musically, logistically, financially, etc. We aim to treat students as young adults, professionals, and with respect in all interactions.
WE ARE MILITARY-STYLE MARCHERS
In seasons when marching band is our primary focus, we are committed to demonstrating and preserving the historical significance of wind bands through our military marching style. The "military style" is not in reference to our teaching methods, but to our specific methods of marching including turns, formations, instrumentation, etc.
WE SHARE STUDENTS WITH KHS ORGANIZATIONS
Sharing is exactly that, sharing. It is not one sided. We work hard to communicate, plan, and share students between KHS athletics, band and other KHS organizations.
WE BELIEVE MUSIC IS FOR EVERYONE
We intentionally strive to build musical relationships with all students at KHS including our Life Skills community. We believe that everyone has the right to make music with their friends.
WE STUDY MUSIC HOLISTICALLY
We are committed to studying music in its' entirety. We value music more when we learn its' context, content, purpose, and historical significance. Music is more than just notes and rhythms. Performances void of contextual understanding prevents our students from fully appreciating and connecting to both the music and themselves.
WE VALUE TRADITION
From individual sections, to full band procedures, we hold traditions close to the heart. We believe that traditions should evolve over time to continuously empower our current students, honor our alumni, and build upon the successful community and reputation of our band.
WE ARE DRIVEN BY MUSICAL MOMENTS, NOT COMPETITIONS
We are driven by the desire to create musical moments with our friends and share them within our community. The size of our stage, intent of our listeners, or number in our audience will not serve as our primary motivating factor for excellence in performance. Our performances are opportunities to invite others into the music moments we attempt to create every day.