The Marching Raiders is a musical organization and ensemble that consists of wind, percussion, and color guard members who rehearse as a class during the regular school day of the fall semester. The main purpose of this ensemble is to develop, learn, and provide students with the ability to aesthetically-entertain audiences at the highest level, both visually and aurally, by studying a wide variety of music and applying this to different visual formations.
Color Guard (Part of Marching Band)
Modern color guard has evolved over the years into a form of entertainment that’s a form of dance theater. It uses props, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the show. A color guard is traditionally the visual representation of the music. Modern color guards use flags, sabres, rifles, swing flags, and a few other pieces of equipment, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary modern dance. The purpose of the color guard is to interpret the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, sabres, rifles, or through dance. The color guard uses different colors and styles of flags to enhance the visual effect of the marching band as a whole.
Marching Band Syllabus
The Wind Ensemble is the most advanced instrumental group of the North Iredell High School Band program, consisting of motivated and highly-skilled students. The purpose of this ensemble is to expose students to advanced levels of high school band literature that allows students to develop an appreciation for different genres of music, while noticing the benefits of consistent practice and increased musicianship. Students of this ensemble are expected to be serious about improving their musical skills, and are required to dedicate significant time to personal practice.
Wind Ensemble Syllabus
The Concert Band is an intermediate ensemble that consists of students in grades 9-12 in the fall and primarily of freshman in the spring. The purpose of this ensemble is to introduce students to the pedagogical techniques of the North Iredell High School Band program, and to enable students who have had minimal experience on an instrument, the opportunity to improve their musicianship skills and to be a part of a performing ensemble. The Concert Band also serves as a medium for current band students to become familiar with a secondary instrument.
Concert Band Syllabus
Extracurricular Ensembles meet after school or during non-normal class times.
If there is enough interest and correct instrumentation, we will offer an extra-curricular jazz band in the spring. The Jazz band will perform for functions as well as at the spring concert and serves as an outlet for expression and extra-curricular activities for the band program.
The basketball band is a volunteer organization that performs at the in-county home games during the basketball season.
Pit Orchestra (Spring Musical)
The pit orchestra is an invitational group based on needed instrumentation that learns the music for the musical for performance alongside the NIHS Musical Class in the spring.