About Hammond Band
The Hammond Band Program strives to achieve the highest levels of musical performance and, by doing so, seeks to ingrain in students a creative musical experience that fosters continued growth and a lasting appreciation for music.
To be a place where all students are able to explore, to discover, and to create through the study of instrumental music.
To provide the students of Hammond High School with a top-notch music education where every student is encouraged, supported, and challenged. Students will graduate from the band program as life-long learners of music.
Wind Ensemble/Marching Band
Wind Ensemble/Marching Band is an advanced performance ensemble dedicated to playing both standard and contemporary musical works. This ensemble performs at home football games (August to November) in addition to regularly scheduled wind ensemble performances throughout the year. Students must audition for this ensemble and are required to attend band camp during the last two weeks of the summer.
Concert Band provides a great opportunity for students to continue developing their abilities on their individual instrument while also learning to engage with fellow musicians in an ensemble. Major performances include the Winter and Spring concerts. Members of this ensemble do not march in the Marching Band.
Percussion Ensemble is a course dedicated specifically to percussion and percussion techniques. Students will develop fundamental musical and percussion skills, including but not limited to snare drum, bass drum, mallets, and auxiliary instruments. Students will perform as an ensemble and with the Concert Band during the Winter and Spring concerts.
Jazz Band is an after-school performance ensemble dedicated to the exploration of great repertoire from the big band through modern jazz periods. Students learn a variety of jazz styles and are encouraged to experiment with discovering their own "voice" through improvisation. Entry into this ensemble is gained through auditions that occur in late September.
Other Performance Opportunities
Below is a list of some of the extra-curricular musical opportunities in the area.
- High School GT Orchestra
- High School GT Band
- Pit for the Hammond Musical
- Howard County Solo & Ensemble Festival
- Maryland All-State Band and Orchestra
- Peabody Youth Orchestra and Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra
- Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras