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Band Ensembles

Marching Band
All students in the AHS band program are in the marching band. The band functions as a marching unit during September and October and again for two weeks in the spring for Iowa State University’s VEISHEA parade.
Symphonic Band
Students are selected for the symphonic band through auditions in the fall. Symphonic band is limited to student in grades 10-12. In addition to the Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts, the band also performs at a number of other concerts and was the guest high school band at the 2004 ISU Honor Band Festival. The Symphonic band is under the direction of Mr. Ewan.
Concert Band
Students are selected for the symphonic band through auditions in the fall. Concert band is limited to students in grades 10-12. The concert band performs grade 3 and 4 literature and performs at the Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts. The Concert band is directed by Mr. Buttermore.
Ninth Grade Band
The ninth grade band includes all ninth grade students in the AHS band program. The ninth grade band performs at the Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts. The ninth grade band is directed by Mr. Buttermore.
Percussion Techniques
Percussion Techniques include percussion students in grade 10-12 who are interested in further advancing their skill in percussion.  Students will perform with the marching band during the fall and will have opportunities to perform percussion ensembles throughout the year.  Percussionist in Percussion Techniques will audition for placement in either Concert Band, Symphonic Band or Percussion Techniques in the spring.  Percussion Techniques is directed by Mr. Ewan
Jazz Band
Participation in the AHS jazz program is determined through auditions held in the fall. Students interested in the jazz style and improvisation make up the membership of the jazz ensembles. The jazz bands perform at a number of jazz clinics and festivals during the year. Jazz band begins in October and ends in April.
Mr Buttermore directs Jazz I and Mr. Ewan directs Jazz I.
Pep Band
Approximately 60 members are selected to participate in the pep band. This band plays at home basketball games and pep meetings. Membership is based upon audition results and instrumentation needs. Mr. Ewan directs the pep band.
Chris Ewan
Director
High School
Symphonic Band,
Marching Band,
Jazz II and pep bands.
Phone :
515-817-0600
Email : chris.ewan
@ames.k12.ia.us 

Andrew Buttermore 
Associate Band Director
Concert Band
Ninth Grade Band,
Jazz I, Jazz 3 and assisting with the marching band.

 

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