Band Program

A. C. Reynolds High School,under the direction of Mr. Sean Smith, offers two Band classes: Concert Band and Symphonic Winds. Both classes meet everyday as a regular part of the school schedule.  Concert Band is designed for intermediate level students, and plays at the Grade 3 – 5 levels,while Symphonic Winds is a more advanced group, and plays at the Grade 5 – 6+ levels.

CONCERT BAND: Students coming into the band program, as ninth graders should sign-up for Concert Band.The concert Band curriculum gives students time to mature and grow as musicians, without being overly competitive or pressured to perform. Fundamentals and basics, especially with regard to process and consistency, are emphasized in this class. Concert Band enrolls 9th through 12th grade students and students must register for both Fall and Spring semesters.

SYMPHONIC WINDS: This is an advanced class for which an AUDITION is required! Students are expected to practice and perform at the highest level. Maturity is expected and we hope to challenge the students musically, intellectually, technically and conceptually. Symphonic Winds enrolls 9th through 12th grade students and students must register for both Fall and Spring semesters.

HONORS BAND: Here at A. C. Reynolds we are able to give two semesters of Honors Credit to students participating in either band class. Honors Band functions as a “class within a class” meeting at the same time as the Symphonic Winds class. In addition to expectations for the Symphonic Winds band students are expected to prepare for, and take auditions for NC All- County and NC All-District Bands.  Mr. Smith's permission is required prior to registering for this course. Once approved students must register for both Fall and Spring semesters.

ADDITIONAL BANDOFFERINGS: Mr. Smith organizes other after school music opportunities for students including:

  • Jazz Band that generally starts up after marching season goes on the relaxed schedule and requires an audition;
  •  Small Ensembles of Brass Quintet(s), Woodwind Quintet(s), Sax Quartet, Flute Quartet and Clarinet Choir to name just a few.

    The A. C. Reynolds Bands have accomplished great things over the years:

  •  2009 – Symphonic Winds and Chorale performed a series of concerts in The Peoples Republic of China as the guest of the United States– China Cultural Educational Foundation.
  • 2007 – Symphonic Winds performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall at the “Field Studies International Winter Music Festival.”
  • 2005 – Symphonic Winds performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall at the “National Concert Band Festival.”
  • 2002 - Symphonic Winds performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall at “A Spring Concert.”
  • Since 1995 the Symphonic Winds band have earned Superior Ratings at the “State Concert Band Festival” performing at the highest level of difficulty – Grade 6. A.C. Reynolds broke ground as the 1st of all the Buncombe County Schools to perform at this Grade 6 level.

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