The Highland Band offers several musical opportunities for students. The primary groups included in the band include a marching band and colorguard, two concert bands, a percussion ensemble, a jazz band, and a bagpipe group, as well as a pep band. Many students are in more than one group and successfully balance school, band, and several other activities. Through participation in the band, students have opportunities to grow in leadership positions and gain valuable life skills.
The Highland Marching Band is Highland’s most well-known musical group, performing throughout the community of Pocatello and throughout Idaho and Utah. The band includes winds, percussion, and colorguard, and boasts the largest number of participants of any of Highland’s groups. This group meets during the summer and during the early morning class period, under the direction of Casey Emerson and fantastic marching instructors.
The Highland Symphonic Band is a smaller group with stricter entry qualifications than the other groups, including mastery of rhythms and scales. Throughout the year, this band focuses on small group projects and more challenging music. This group meets during school hours under the direction of Casey Emerson.
The Highland Concert Band is Highland’s most traditional concert group experience. As a large ensemble, the group performs several pieces for festivals and concerts throughout the school year. This group meets during school hours under the direction of Casey Emerson.
The Highland Percussion Ensemble is a smaller group focused on concert percussion, working heavily on fundamentals and overall musical knowledge. This group performs with each of the concert and marching groups. This group meets during school hours under the direction of Casey Emerson.
The Highland Jazz Band holds the strictest entry requirements, including an audition and mastery of rhythm and scales. This group performs at several concerts and festivals throughout the year. This group meets during the latter portion of the year during the early morning class period, under the direction of Casey Emerson and fantastic marching instructors.