Niwot High School has many different opportunities for students to thrive in the world of music, including marching band, concert band, and 3 jazz bands.
The Niwot Cougar Marching Band consists of over a hundred dedicated musicians who perform at home football games, local parades, and marching exhibitions. Many students enjoy meeting new friends, playing music, and performing with other high school musicians. It’s a chance for students to take their previous experience to a whole new level! All marching band students need to sign up for Marching Band/Concert Band, attend band camp (next year’s camp TBA, usually in early August), and participate in several parades, school football games, pep band opportunities, and various other events and performances. The band practices during 5th block of every other school day as well as once evening a week (usually Wednesdays) in August and September. (Evening practices are required for all!) In the spring, this year-long class continues as students switch marching instruments for concert instruments and perform in concerts and festivals such as the Metro-State Wind Band Celebration.
Members of the marching band are each part of different sections. No auditions are necessary for most sections (woodwinds and brass) but auditions are held in January/February for Drumline and Color Guard for the following season. The Drumline is the audition-only percussion section for the Cougar Marching Band. The Color Guard is a group of spirited boys and girls who create routines using flags and props that they move in sync to the music the band plays. An essential part of the band, the guard gives dazzling visual effects to the half-time show, and members of the color guard travel with the band to all performances. Students in these selective group are required to sign up for Marching Band fall semester, attend some events during the summer (sectional rehearsals and band camp), and all performances in the fall. A Drumline audition is recommended for Niwot-bound students who are percussionists in their middle school bands, though there may be an opportunity for marching bells, which doesn’t require an audition.
The Jazz Bands offer a great opportunity for students to explore this truly American art form, jazz. Currently there are 3 jazz bands at Niwot High School, accepting beginners through advanced musicians, so there is a place for everyone. In order to place students in the appropriate level, an audition is required for all students potential jazz band musicians. These auditions are extremely competitive, and not all audtioning students earn a place in a jazz band. Some sections are more competitive than others. You should consider auditioning for a jazz band if you play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, or drum set. In 2010 and 2011, members of the jazz bands won awards at the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival. You may also see these musicians perform at gigs in the community, such as at Oskar Blues.