Instrumental Program - High School

Independent Learners and Musicians

We are committed to encouraging our students to be independent learners and musicians, so that they may enjoy their instrument and the arts long past their high school careers. Both the expectations and performance standards we have for our students are very high. Private lessons and community involvement are encouraged. We strongly believe that the more a child practices and performs, the more successful he or she will be in any subject area or extra-curricular activity. We work to develop leadership skills in each child, and student directed help sessions (peer tutoring) are a part of these lessons.

Prepare for Life Beyond our Classroom

The numbers of commitments that an excellent performing ensemble can have are extensive. The emphasis on attendance in the student grade is due to our belief that we are providing students with experiences and skills to prepare them for life beyond our classroom. Support in attaining this goal is crucial.


Students are graded on performances, tests and quizzes, playing tests every nine weeks, daily attendance and classroom participation. The percentages shift each semester with the number of required performances.

High School Band

Greenville High School Instrumental Music Department

The Greenville High School Instrumental Music Department has an Enrollment this fall of over 200 students. Courses consist of one orchestra class, three concert bands, two jazz bands, and the Yellow Jacket marching band. Students may enroll in more than one course with special permission.

The Junior Varsity Band was created in 1995 and is made up of most ninth grade and some 10-12th grade students. These students participate in all parades and one varsity football game during the fall. The ensemble functions as an independent concert group during the winter and spring. The Yellow Jacket Marching Band is made up of 10-12th grade students and a few freshmen. After the first nine weeks, the marching band divides into the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band. These placements are made by audition, and remain throughout the school year. All students in grades 9-12 may participate in Jazz Lab One or Jazz Lab Two in the fall and winter. Jazz band is available for credit during zero hour.

Mrs. Gould directs the High School Band and Orchestra program. Student teachers direct the Pep Band and Mr. Radtke, Greenville Middle School Band Director, oversees the Jazz Bands.

The String Orchestra consists of string students in grades 9-12. The Symphony Orchestra is created during the second semester when 10-12th grade wind and percussion players are selected to play in the ensemble. Rehearsals for Symphony Orchestra generally happen during channel one time and in the evenings.

Photo credit: Cheryl Willard

Course Outline for Greenville High School Jazz Bands

Zero Hour

Jazz Band is offered as a zero hour course at Greenville High School.  Since the class does not meet every day, students receive ½ credit for the class over the course of the year.  Students will learn to perform in a wide variety of jazz styles.  The focus will be upon swing music of the Big Band era.  Students will also experiment with improvisation.

Regular Attendance

In such a small group setting, regular attendance is essential and will be part of the grading system.  The jazz bands are musical ambassadors for our school and regularly perform concerts both at school and in the community.  Attendance at each performance is mandatory.  Regularly scheduled concerts will include the GHS Holiday Band Concert, the GHS Collage Concerts, MSBOA Jazz Festival, a combined concert with the Flat River Big Band, a performance as a warm up act for a professional Big Band, and the Jazz Day Concert.


External LinkMSBOA Website
Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Homepage


High School Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra during Collage Concert Assembly 2009

Mrs. Gould conducts the Orchestra

GHS Symphonic Orchestra side by side with The Grand Rapids Symphony