Niwot High School offers many different opportunities for students to thrive in the world of instrumental music including marching band, concert band, and jazz band. We also have active student-run clubs after school.
The Niwot Cougar Marching Band consists of outstanding and 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 band experiences 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 Thursdays) in August, September, and early October. (Evening practices are required for all!)
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 March 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 carefully choreographed to the music the band performs. 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 practices during the summer (sectional rehearsals and band camp), and all performances in the Fall. In-coming Freshmen percussionists are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to audition for the drumline – there will be a place for you!
In the spring, students audition into 2 levels of Symphonic Bands – the Green and Silver Bands.
The Jazz Bands offer a great opportunity for students to explore this truly American art form. There are two leveled jazz bands at Niwot High School, accepting beginners through advanced musicians. In order to place students in the appropriate level, an audition is required for all potential jazz band musicians. These auditions are extremely competitive, and not all auditioning students earn a place in a jazz band. (From year to year some sections are more competitive than others.) Non-traditional instruments (such as flute, clarinet, French horn, and euphonium/tuba) can be placed in Jazz Band based on ability. Traditional big band instrumentation is given priority in the Advanced Jazz Band.