This competitive ensemble rehearses in late June/August-November. In addition to our weekly shows across New York state, Baldwinsville hosts a competition in September of each year. Competitions culminate in the New York State Field Band Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Traditionally, Baldwinsville is invited to perform in a competition outside of the State each fall. Band students who join Marching Band are expected to perform their instrument as a member of their school’s day program (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, etc.) Field Band is available for students in grades 7-12 through an audition process.
Rehearsals begin late winter/early spring. This ensemble performs at various events throughout New York state, including the Memorial Day parade in Baldwinsville. This group provides a tremendous opportunity for new members to “learn the ropes” of marching band before Field Band begins. Quite often, the music from the upcoming season will be utilized during Parade Band. Parade Band is perhaps the most civic of all Marching events in that our group performs “on the street” for audiences that would usually not see us perform. Parade Band is available for students in grades 6-12.
Baldwinsville’s one and only Pep Band, comprised mostly of Marching Band students who wish to continue performing non-traditional music during the “off-season”. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join, regardless of prior-marching band involvement or experience level. This ensemble allows students to experience playing music in different public venues (such as various athletic games in stadium and/or arena settings). Students learn and build upon prior knowledge pertinent to their unique instrument(s) while performing music of differing genres and eras.
An ensemble designed for those students who are interested in the study/performance of jazz music. After working on basic fundamentals of music performance, ensemble performances at concert and competition will ensue. Ensemble is ONLY open to Baker HS students.
Essentially, Winter guard is the same activity as Field Band, minus the band itself. Like Marching Band and most sports, Winter Guard is physically demanding, competitive, and requires teamwork and discipline. Winter Guard utilizes flag, rifle, saber, along with theatrics and dance to achieve the art of bringing music alive visually. Winter Guard usually starts in November and continues through March/April. Like Field Band, Winter Guard competes on weekends throughout the winter at different venues across the state.
Essentially, Indoor Drumline is the same activity as Field Band, minus the band and guard. Indoor Drumline usually starts in November and continues through March/April. Like Field Band, Indoor Drumline competes on weekends throughout the winter at different venues across the state.
The Vinyl Club
One night a month, the Baker band room will be open for anyone who wants to play/explore Vinyl records, and/or listen to sets spun with great aforethought (or occasionally none at all). It’s called Vinyl Club, and the musical genre is wide open. Popular or obscure, danceable or dissonant, the decisions on what to play are made by YOU. The music that’s played has only one common trait–it’s recorded on a vinyl record and gets played on a turntable by a live person, changing records and playing one track at a time. No CD’s. No docking station, no digital downloading.