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Sudbury Secondary School has the longest tradition, and yet it offers the newest, state-of-the-art facilities and the most comprehensive music program in the Sudbury area. S. S. S. offers a full range of music courses from Grade 9 to the Grade 12 level. Sudbury S. S. has one of the most diverse high school music departments, with two full-time music teachers. Music courses for beginning to more advanced instrumentalists are available.
The Arts Education Instrumental Music Program and the Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture offer a rich variety of experiences, instruction and career exploration for those students with a high level of interest in music. Please click on the FAQ's tab to find answers to many of the frequently asked questions about the Instrumental Music Program at Sudbury S. S.
There is a dedicated page for all those involved in the music programs at SSS. On it you may find anything from rehearsal information to fingering charts and everything in between.
Visit it HERE.
I really like music, but I don’t think I’m very good at playing my instrument yet. What if I’m too shy to audition?
Everyone is a little nervous. The audition is just a short chat with S. S. S. music teachers and a chance to show where you are in your musical development.
Will I be able to play in a band when I get to Sudbury S. S.?
Yes. The gold-award-winning S. S. S. NorthStar Band is a wind ensemble that includes students from grade nine to twelve. Members include music majors as well as drama, dance, media arts and visual arts students. Any Sudbury Secondary School student with experience playing a band instrument (woodwind, brass, bass or percussion) is eligible to join the band. All students who are majoring in instrumental music play in the band. All Arts Education Majors must participate in a co-curricular activity. It may be possible for Band members to earn an extra .5 credit for participation in this group.
How do I get into the band?
Come out to rehearsals as early in the year as possible. The band meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 pm from September to June. If you come out every time, you will be amazed at how well you will play and what fun you’ll have!
What instruments can I learn at Sudbury S. S.?
We offer all the traditional instruments that would be heard in a typical school band program. You could major on any of the following: Flute, Bb Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Bass or Percussion (which includes mallets, tympani, drums and auxiliary percussion). Some of our more advanced students may also play Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Cornet, Flugelhorn or Upright Bass. Lots of possibilities!
Will I get to perform on stage?
The S.S.S. NorthStar Band maintains a busy performance season throughout the year, usually beginning in October with the NorthStar Awards Celebration. There is a Fall Musical (accompanied by a select group of students who perform in a Pit Orchestra) a Holiday Concert in December, the Northern Ontario Music Festival in February/March (which is hosted by S.S.S. Music Students), a Spring Concert in April, a Music Department Trip in May and the S.S.S. Graduation Ceremony in May/June . Our performance season is busy and fun!
Will I have to play in front of people by myself?
You may have the chance to play solos if you want to, but playing in the band will allow you to work in a team to prepare group performances. You and your classmates will take turns playing for each other sometimes in class.
I like jazz. Is there a jazz band I can join?
S. S. S. students who enjoy jazz may perform in the jazz combo. Our combos have performed both at school and around the community.
Music students may also perform in other ensembles such as chamber ensembles and drum circle.
Will I be able to play more than one instrument at S. S. S.?
You should concentrate on one main instrument for the first little while to establish solid skills and techniques. As you get into the senior grades, you may have the chance to play a second instrument.
What kinds of performances do Music Majors play in?
Our performance season usually begins in October with our annual NorthStar Awards Ceremony. Our Pit Orchestra takes over in November with our annual Fall Musical (some of our musicals have included, Fame, Rent, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, The Music Man, The King and I, Sweet Charity, Tempus Fugit, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Down Memory Lane, High School Musical, The Phantom of the Opera…to name a few.) We give either a Holiday Concert or a combination Music/Dance Show in December and begin to travel to our feeder elementary schools in the annual S. S. S. Road Show. In January and February, we prepare for the Northern Ontario Music Festival, which takes place at the end of February/beginning of March. In April/May we put on a Spring Concert and travel out of town to places such as Montreal, Ottawa, New York City, and Toronto. At the end of May/beginning of June the band provides entertainment at the Sudbury Secondary School Commencement Ceremony (Graduation). All these concerts provide valuable performance experience for our Music Majors at Sudbury S. S.
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