Concert Ensembles

The John Overton High School Band is comprised of three concert ensembles designed to give students a learning experience in music that is commensurate with their experience, musical proficiency, and level of commitment. Membership in the John Overton Band is based on a full-year commitment. The directors reserve the right to reassign students within each ensemble according to student standing and compliance to course requirements.


The Wind Ensemble is considered the top-performing ensemble for the band program and is open to students in grades nine through twelve, although most students are grades 11 and 12. In order to be a member of this group, a student must:

  • demonstrate the highest level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to performances, rehearsals, practice time, and private lessons (It is strongly recommended that each wind ensemble student take individual private lessons in order to maintain the technical demands of the course)
  • pursue individual and ensemble goals on their instrument
  • attend mid-state help sessions during the fall semester
  • attend sectionals held after school between the months of January and May
  • attend one or two full ensemble rehearsals after school as scheduled during the spring semester
  • prepare and audition for the Mid-State Band auditions
  • attend additional performance opportunities specific to the Wind Ensemble


The Symphonic Band is the second performing ensemble for the band program and is open to students in grades nine through twelve, although most students are grades 10, 11, and 12. To be a member of this group, a student must:

  • demonstrate a high level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to performances, rehearsals, and practice time (It is highly recommended that each student take individual private lessons in order to maintain the technical demands of the course)
  • attend sectionals during the fall and spring semester
  • attend a full ensemble rehearsal after school or on the weekend as scheduled during the spring semester
  • attend sectionals held after school between the months of January and May


The Concert Band is the third performing ensemble for the band program and is open to students in grades nine through twelve. To be a member of this group, a student must:

  • demonstrate a high level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to rehearsal and practice time (Private lessons are highly encouraged)
  • attend sectionals held either before or after school between the months of January and May

NOTE: Though the Mid-State Band auditions are not required for students in the Symphonic and Concert Band, this music will be included in the November auditions. Focused commitment to the preparation of the Mid-State music is expected.