Secondary Musical Arts
The Secondary Campus is home to three bands based on grade level - this includes Symphonic Band, Middle School Band and the highly talented Jazz Ensemble!
The program includes:
Middle School Concert Band (7th & 8th grade): The ASCS Concert Band is a group that has at least two years experience on their instrument. The accepted instruments in the MS Concert Band are the usual concert band instruments: Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. The students perform during the school year, most commonly at the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert. Students from the MS Concert Band represent our school at the District Band level every year.
The vision of the ASCS Concert Band is to educate and inspire young musicians, through instruction in the standard traditions and practices of a reputable performing ensemble. Student musicians at this level are well acquainted with several major scales, chromatic scales, and other musical concepts by the end of their 7th and 8th grade years. Students meet every day, during 1st bell.
High School Symphonic Band (9th - 12th): The High School Symphonic Band is the most advanced instrumental ensemble at Atlantic Shores. The band consists of High School students, with the occasional exception of an advanced 8th grader. Most students in this band have at least four years experience on their instrument. The accepted instruments in the High School Symphonic Band are the usual concert band instruments: Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. The students perform during the school year, most commonly at the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.
The vision of the High School Symphonic Band is to educate and inspire young musicians in the practices of recital performance, concert performance, sight-reading, and several other musical concepts. The students meet Monday through Thursday at 7:30 am.
Jazz Ensemble: The ASCS Jazz Ensemble has been a fixture of the band program for six years. The Jazz Ensemble consists of a full jazz instrumentation: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, and Rhythm Section. Students perform throughout the school year during the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and the Auction. The band typically performs for community organizations and events during the Christmas season. The ASCS Jazz Band is mostly comprised of high school students, with the occasional exception of an 8th grader.
The vision of the Jazz Ensemble is to educate and inspire young musicians to explore various musical forms. Through rhythmic syncopation and diverse meters, the Jazz students escape from the more simple structure of the typical concert band repertoire. The Jazz Ensemble meets Fridays at 7:30 am.
The ASCS Bands perform at the annual Christmas and Spring concerts, district related events (i.e. competitions, festivals, etc), as well as events in the greater Virginia area.
Atlantic Shores Secondary Choirs meet with Mrs. Taryn Raschdorf to bring the gift of music to our school and our community. Our High School Choir meets during zero bell along with middle school students who choose to be in choir and band. Middle School students meet as a class during first bell. "One Voice" is an auditioned choir. Each student in this choir must audition in the spring and they sign a commitment form for the school year.
Our students participate in District Chorus each year. This year, we had 14 students earn the honor of being able to attend the District Chorus Event in our area. Atlantic Shores students did a beautiful job during their auditions!
Each year the students participate in many community events. We were invited to sing for Founders Inn's Grand Illumination. We were chosen to sing for Busch Gardens Christmas Town as well as Admirals, Tides and home games for our school. Some of our students have helped churches in our areas with their children programs by helping with their music.
The students perform a Christmas and Spring concert per year. Our High School and "One Voice" choirs sing for our induction ceremonies at the lower and upper school level. The students who take choir have a passion for singing!