The Irmo High School Marching Band is a co-curricular offering of the Irmo High School Band program. Membership, through audition, is open to any student in a concert band class.
Band Camp is one week in May (Spring Band Camp) and two weeks in July/August (Summer Band Camp). Summer Band Camp is mandatory; it is an intense period of instruction and is vital to the production of an outstanding performance. The drill and music are the focus of Band Camp, but much is also gained in interpersonal relationships and a sense of unity and cooperation. It is upon this foundation that the polished, finished show is built. There are also fun times – eating together, a parent night, and a swim party. This is two weeks your student will look forward to each year and will never forget.
Practice is held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:30. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled prior to special performances and competitions. Most rehearsals are held at The Grid, the bus parking lot across from IHS. In addition to the full band rehearsals, there may be sectionals (rehearsals for part of the band or guard) when deemed necessary by the staff.
Football Games The Marching Band generally attends all home football games. They march into the stadium together, sit together and perform at half time. For most away games, only the Pep Band attends. For the away games that the full band attends, they will travel as a group by bus to and from the away game site.
Varsity Letters may be earned for participation in the Marching Band, since it is an extra-curricular activity (concert band and ensemble classes do not qualify for a letter). Students who complete two or more years in Marching Band in good standing, who are current in all school and band fees, and who have had no major disciplinary actions are eligible for a varsity letter.
Symphonic Band is composed of students with ability for proper performances of level 5 or 6 band literature. Placement in the Symphonic Band is by audition only. This ensemble is the primary performing organization in the instrumental music department during the winter and spring. The Symphonic Band has performed at many music conferences and conventions. Invitational performances include the Midwest Clinic and National Adjudicators Invitational (NAI). In 2000 they were the only band in the United States to be awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor.
Concert Band is open to all students with the necessary performing ability. The Concert Band has performed at Irmo Band concerts, the South Carolina State Concert Festival, and the annual Spring Concert and National Adjudicators Invitational.
Jazz Band consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, tubas, and a rhythm section. Membership is by audition only. Wind members and the drummer must be a member of one of the other a performing ensembles. Other rhythm section members may come from outside the band proper if there is not an available member from the band proper.
Percussive Arts is a course designed to meet the needs of the advancing percussionist who is enrolled in another ensemble. Emphasis is placed on fundamental rudiments, small chamber ensemble performance, battery percussion and mallet technique. All members of this class must have the consent of the Director for participation.
Colorguard performs as an integral part of the Marching Band. They practice and march as part of the band in summer camp, at after school rehearsals, and at home football games. As members of the Marching Band, the guard is eligible to earn varsity letters.
Winter Guard is what the Colorguard is called after Marching Band season, when they perform independently of the band at regional performances and at indoor competitions. Auditions are held a few weeks after the conclusion of marching band season, in November, to place students in either the Varsity or Junior Varsity guard for the winter season.
Eurhythmics class is a fall semester course designed to meet the needs of the guard. All colorguard members are expected to take this class.