The VHS Jazz Band is a fully instrumented big band. It is a class that meets during the school day for elective credit. Any student who is enrolled in a VHS Concert Band or Orchestra and who play a jazz instrument is welcome to play. Students in Jazz Band will explore all genres in the jazz idiom and learn improvisation skills.
In the Fall, all students in the VHS band program comprise the Valley Marching Band. No audition is required to be a part of the Valley Marching Band. This is a “state of the art” competitive group that explores the latest trends in competitive marching band and performs at many parades, games and regional competitions.
The Valley Marching Band performs at halftime of all home varsity football games as well as at pre-game of away varsity football games as the schedule allows. The band also performs at all competitive contests and festivals; approx. 3 contests per season. The format of most contests are a prelim / finals contest. The Marching Band can also be seen at various community support appearances based on need and accessibility.
Marching Band is a class for elective credit. The band rehearses each morning during zero hour (before school). In addition, The Valley Marching Band gathers for band camp rehearsals each summer, generally two weeks before the school year begins as well as a few after school rehearsals. A fee is assessed each year based on need that covers operating costs of the ensemble. Many fundraising opportunities are available. The Valley Marching Band unites students in grades 9-12 and provides superior performance, social, and competitive opportunities.
The VHS Concert Band is a student wind band, focusing on the fundamentals of high school band. Comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion players, this group has received Superior Ratings at the District and State level. The Concert Band focuses on refining instrumental playing skills and performing a diverse selection of quality band repertoire. Students in this ensemble perform at school concerts, the District Music Performance Assessment and Festival, the State Band Contest as well as National Festivals. By participating in this ensemble, students will also have the opportunity to audition for the New Mexico All-State Concert Bands and Orchestras.