“Champions do not become champions
when they win the event,
but in the hours, weeks, months and years
they spend preparing for it.
The victorious performance itself
is merely the demonstration of their
– T.A. Armstrong
The high school music program, a culmination of the continuum of the basic skills taught in grades K-8, is performance-oriented and is comprised of instrumental classes, music theory, color guard and extra-curricular activities. Instrumental course offerings include Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and a Jazz Band. All classes in music are graded and scheduled in the students' regular academic day. Concerts of the groups are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Students are always welcome to join color guard and instrumental groups within the music program. There is an orchestra, band, or ensemble available to meet the needs, interests and proficiency levels of all students - from novice study to advanced instruction. Students who intend to further their music education after high school may also elect to enroll in advanced placement music theory.
Although many of the extra-curricular music activities are sponsored as a natural outgrowth of the music classes, they usually do not require a pre-requisite of course enrollment. All students, grades 9-12, regardless of whether they are able to schedule band or orchestra during the day are eligible to participate in the annual Spring Musical or Marching Band, the two largest school-wide student activities sponsored at the high school.
The award-winning "Pride of Collierville" Marching Band and Color Guard draw its membership from all students in the high school. The Marching Band rehearses after school and has a summer training program to prepare for the football half-time performances and band festivals. Each spring, with the support of the Dragon Band Boosters, the Marching Band and Color Guard take a trip to major marching festivals in places such as Orlando, St. Louis, Austin, and Chicago.
The Orchestras are provided performance opportunities through out the year. These student ensembles travel in the fall and spring thanks to the support of the Orchestra Boosters, students, and our community. This award-winning performance group has traveled to places such as Chicago, Atlanta, and Orlando.
Orchestra – Honors