With registration for the 2018-2019 school year coming up, Mustangs Ahead staff Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd dive into the world of electives to answer the question: What electives should students take?
Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS has a wide variety of music related electives, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Class, and Eurythmics, which is the class for color and winter guard. There is also the school’s marching band, the Marching Mustangs.
However, to take these classes students must meet certain requirements.
To be in Concert or Symphonic Band, students must have experience with the instrument they want to play. Then, to be in Jazz Ensemble students have to audition, with a few exceptions depending on the instrument.
Wind Ensemble requires students to have taken either Concert of Symphonic Band.
Most of the band classes also require students to be a part of the Marching Mustangs, with the exception of Jazz and Wind Ensemble.
Sophomore Hailey Bagshaw is currently in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.
“I’ve been involved in band for five years and I love it,” said Bagshaw. “You get a family out of it; it’s not just you.”
Bagshaw hopes to join the Marching Mustangs next year.
Fellow sophomore Olivia Miller is also in Wind Ensemble and is a member of the Marching Mustangs.
“I find it really fun,” commented Miller. “But sometimes band can get a little stressful, especially in Wind Ensemble. We work on marching band at the beginning of the year and then, once the season is over, we have to memorize several pieces of music for the Prism Concert, which is in the beginning of December, right after marching band season.”
The Prism concert is a concert where the two concert bands and the Marching Mustangs perform, as well the individual sections within the marching band.
Sophomore Makenzie Horner is taking Eurythmics, the class for the color and winter guard.
“Guard is a lot of fun, and the class is, too,” Horner commented. “There is always new work to learn and things to improve.”