Once students reach the upper school we begin grooming them for the future. The upper school bands each meet 4 days per week. Although the 6th and 7th grade band classes are separate so that we can work on new skills at a different rate, they still perform as a combined band for concerts and competitions. To accomplish this we have a series of combined rehearsals leading up to performances. In addition to performing in a Christmas and spring concert, the concert band performs at Music Performance Assessment (MPA) where they get their first taste of competing as a group. In addition to these performances, the students also get to choose to participate in all-district/all-state auditions, possible honor band selections, and solo & ensemble. By the time they complete the 7th grade they are ready to move into the marching band and wind ensemble.