Instrumental Music

The Knights Brigade

The Knights Brigade consists of a Marching Band and Color Guard in the fall, which perform at all home football games and participate in parades, festivals and competitons in the Bay area.  In the winter, our award-winning percussion ensemble competes throughout northern California.

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String Orchestra

The King's Strings is an advanced level performance group open to musicians of stringed instruments in grades 7-12. This group plays in all three of our major concerts each year, participates in Solo and Ensemble contests, and performs in the pit orchestra for our senior high musical.   

Instrumental Music Course Descriptions

Blue Band (Grade 6)

The 6th grade Blue Band meets four days a week and is a yearlong course.  It is designed to be an introduction to participation in concert band.  Students will develop music reading skills on a band instrument and will be prepared for participation in the junior high Gold Band. Students who choose to be in the Blue Band take band classes instead of P.E. Note: Class fees apply.

Gold Band (Grades 7)

The class is designed for junior high students with intermediate to advanced performance level.  Students will incorporate easy- to medium-level literature in their repertoire and will perform publicly each semester. Students will be required to own or rent an instrument for this course. For percussion students, school owned equipment is available.  Students will need to own their own drumsticks and mallets as well as a practice pad.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of Blue Band or teacher approval. Students must be able to read music. Note: Class fees apply.

Knights Brigade/Wind Ensemble (Grades 8-12)

The class is designed for students with intermediate to advanced performance level.  Students will incorporate medium – difficult level literature in their repertoire and will perform publicly each semester in field show competitions, school sports rallies, pep band and concerts.  Competitions will be included in the schedule as well as playing at sporting events.  Students will be required to own or rent an instrument for this course.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of Gold Band or teacher approval.  Students must be able to read music. Summer band camp is required.  Notes: Admission is determined by audition. Class fees apply.

Knights Brigade/Percussion Ensemble (Grades 8-12)

The class is designed for students with intermediate to advanced performance level. Students will incorporate medium – difficult level literature in their repertoire and will perform publicly each semester in field show competitions, school sports rallies, pep band and concerts. Competitions will be included in the schedule as well as playing at sporting events.  Students will be required to own their own practice pad, mallets and drum sticks for this course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Gold Band or teacher approval.  Students must be able to read music. Summer band camp and drum camp is required. Notes: Admission is determined by audition. Class fees apply.

Jazz Band (Grades 7-12)

This course is designed for students with a serious interest in music. Jazz Band will perform jazz standards, swing music, big band tunes, ballads, and contemporary popular and rock music.  Jazz Band members are required to participate in Marching Band and Pep Band as well as all Concert Bands.  The band will participate in contests and festivals, mostly during the spring semester.  They will perform at some school and community events to promote the school and school spirit.  There will be time required outside of school for performances. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Gold Band or Knights Brigade (unless they play a rhythm instrument). Notes: Admission is determined by audition. This class meets Z Period only. Class fees apply

Strings 6

This class is open to 6th grade students who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  It provides an opportunity for 6th grade students who already play a string instrument to continue playing and be better prepared to enter the String Ensemble or String Orchestra their 7th grade year. Students will be required to own or rent an instrument for this course. Students in Strings 6 will not take P.E. Prerequisites: Some prior experience with chosen instrument required. Note: Class fees apply.

String Ensemble (Grades 7-9)

This class is open to 7th through 9th grade students who play one of four orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello, or double bass. This orchestra provides performance experience for intermediate string players. Students learn how to make music as an ensemble. Repertoire will include arrangements of music for string orchestra representing various periods and styles. Students will be required to own or rent an instrument for this course. Prerequisites: One year or more previous ensemble experience and weekly private lessons are required. Note: Admission is determined by audition. Class fees apply.

String Orchestra (Grades 7-12)

This class is an advanced level performance group open to all stringed instruments. Students will receive advanced training in music theory, as well as perform a variety of repertoires from classical to contemporary pieces. Students will perform as least twice per semester. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Students will be required to own or rent an instrument for this course. Class fees apply. Prerequisites: Previous string instruction and teacher approval. Class fees apply.

The King’s Academy

562 N. Britton Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085
Near Fair Oaks Ave. and Hwy 101

(408) 481-9900

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