Information For New Band Members

Last Updated: November 17, 2020

Welcome to the Brandeis Band!

Whether you (or your student) are a rising Freshman or an incoming transfer student, we are extremely excited to welcome you to the Bronco Band Family!

Here you will find most of the information you need to begin your enrollment into our thriving program!

We can't wait for you to get to Brandeis. Get ready to be a part of something amazing!

The Bronco Band at the 2019 UIL Region Marching Contest

WHY BAND?

The Bronco Band is truly a family that operates as a part of Brandeis High School and enhances the Bronco Culture of Excellence!

Here are just a few reasons to consider joining this outstanding program:

  • Students learn responsbility, the value of hard work and teamwork among many other positive traits to prepare them for post secondary transition

  • The Bronco Band provides a smooth transition for students coming into high school comforting both students and parents 

  • 83% of all band students take AP Courses for a total of 328 courses over the last 4 years

  • The average GPA of a Bronco Band Member is a 93

  • In 2019, the Bronco Band seniors earned $487,000 in scholarships

  • On average, Bronco Band members participate in 3 other clubs and activities at Brandeis

  • It's A LOT OF FUN!

HOW ARE YOU NEW TO BRANDEIS?

Incoming Freshmen

If you've spent the last three years as a Stinson or Garcia Middle School student, you're probably somewhat familiar with many aspects of the Bronco Band program. If you are an incoming freshman from a non-feeder middle school, this information is relevant for you!

Move-In Students

You're new to Brandeis and have some band experience! We're ecstatic that you're joining this amazing group of students and parents. 

WHAT'S THE FIRST THING I SHOULD DO AS A NEW BAND PARENT?

There are a few things, actually.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: SET UP A ONE-ON-ONE ZOOM CALL with our Director of Bands, Mr. Asgari, by filling out THIS GOOGLE FORM.  This will also set up your student's band profile. During your Zoom appointment, you will get all of your personal questions answered that are specific for your family to ensure a confident and enjoyable transition to Brandeis.

  • Join our AMAZING Bronco Band Booster program HERE! This is a parent-run organization that is set up to support our directors to provide the best possible experience for our students. Every successful band program in the country has a very healthy and professionally run booster program and we are no different in this.​ 

  • Visit our website (you're on it now) and look around! There is a ton of information for you, and it is updated throughout the year. www.BrandeisBand.org

WHAT ENSEMBLES WILL I PARTICIPATE IN AND ARE AVAILABLE?

All woodwind, brass and percussion students will be enrolled in a Symphonic Band Class. The Symphonic Band class includes both marching band and concert band in the curriculum. Other performance-based courses available include Jazz Band (by audition only) and Instrumental Ensemble. Instrumental Ensemble is a course that focuses on the discovery of all genres of music and gives additional time to work individually on the development of student skills on their instrument.

One of three Brandeis Concert Bands performing in 2019.

The Brandeis Jazz Band performing with the World Famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra in 2020

WHAT ARE DANCE GUARD & FIELD DANCE COMPANY AND HOW CAN I JOIN?

The Bronco Band Dance Guard & Field Dance Company

The Dance Guard and Field Dance Company programs are the program's visual ensemble. They are extremely critical to the program's success and are constantly recruiting new members to join. These members get to own the football field as a stage to perform for thousands of spectators without the necessity of playing an instrument.

 

Dance Guard is focused on traditional Color Guard aesthetics including work and movement with equipment such as flags and other items. No experience is necessary to join this group! 

Our Field Dance Company is a group with traditional and modern dance movements without the use of equipment. Dance experience is highly preferred to audition for this group.

Each of these ensembles is taught by our Guard specialist and Director of Field Dance, respectively to ensure that students receive professional training and teaching.

Watch the video above for a brief preview of these two special groups.

Full-Time Brandeis Band Staff

Left to right: Daniel Asgari - Director of Bands, Jackie Aguirre -  Field Dance Director, Jesse Cullar - Associate Director, Brass and Jazz Studies Director, Shane Lemanski - Associate Director, Woodwind Studies Director, David Suarez - Associate Director, Percussion Studies

For additional information, please check out our General Overview of the Band Year.

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