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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.


Wind Symphony
Students are selected for the wind symphony 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. The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Mr. Ewan.


Symphonic Band
Students are selected for the symphonic band through auditions in the fall. Symphonic band is limited to student in grades 10-12. The concert band performs grade 3 and 4 literature and performs at the Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts. The Symphonic band is under the direction of Mr. Buttermore.


Concert Band
Students are selected for the symphonic band through auditions in the spring of the previous year. Concert band is limited to students in grades 10-12. The concert band performs grade 2 and 3 literature and performs at the Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts. The Concert band is directed by Mr. Gardner.


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. Students will perform with the marching band during the fall and will have opportunities to perform percussion ensembles at the Holiday Concert. Percussionist in Percussion Techniques will audition for placement in either Concert Band, Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony 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. Gardner directs Jazz I and Mr. Ewan directs Jazz II.


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. Buttermore directs the pep band.


Chris Ewan Andrew Buttermore Nick Gardner
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Director of Bands Percussion Specialist – Wind Symphony, Marching Band and Jazz II

chris.ewan@ames.k12.ia.us

Associate Director of Bands 
Brass Specialist – Ninth Grade Band, Symphonic Band, Assist Marching Band, Pep Bands

andrew.buttermore@ames.k12.ia.us

Associate Director of Bands 
Woodwind Specialist – Concert Band, Assist Marching Band, Jazz I

nick.gardner@ames.k12.ia.us

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