The Woodlawn Beach Middle School Bands

Welcome to the WBMS Band Page! Stacy Rohde is our knowledgeable, caring, and hardworking Director. Our Bands provide a music education for the whole student, a place for students to explore their passion for music.


Our Bands

WBMS offers three bands. Beginning Band is available to anyone who has never played an instrument before and has a desire to learn. There is no musical experience required to sign up and become a Wildcat Beginning Band member! WBMS also offers two other bands-our Varsity Band, which is an intermediate level band, and our Symphonic Band, which is our advanced level band. Each of these bands offers students the opportunity to grow as a person in musicianship, community, leadership, self- discipline, teamwork and responsibilities. Click to learn more:

Beginning Band

The WBMS Wildcat Beginning Band is such an incredibly neat band because these students begin the school year with no experience in playing a band instrument. This band is comprised of approximately one hundred students. Students may choose to play the flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, or percussion. After a few months, these students present their first performance/winter concert which is such a magical experience in a short period of time! These students learn how to read music, how to play the instrument, how to care for their instrument, how to perform rhythms, how to play with dynamics, style, read key signatures and to perform with the seven essentials of tone production. Students in the beginning band do not need any musical experience or knowledge! Members of this band have a lot of laughs and fun and can perform two concerts-one in winter and one in spring! Students that wish to join this wonderful organization should attend band try-ons in the spring. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about this band or any of the other bands, please contact the band director at 934-4010 ext. 203 or email Ms. Rohde at rohdes@santarosa.k12.fl.us.

The Varsity Band

The Varsity Band is our intermediate band that is an extension of our Symphonic Band. This Wildcat Band is comprised of approximately 55 members. These band members are also eligible to audition for the Santa Rosa All-County Honor Band Festival. Students perform a winter concert and a spring concert. Students in this band are very eager to meet the many challenges presented by their director and they have fun meeting these challenges. This band is so exciting because we see the amazing growth and improvements as student transitions from their very first year of playing in the band into watching skills and techniques continue to develop and flourish. This is when students see that practice makes perfect. These students work very hard throughout the year to improve extended note ranges, improve technique, and rhythms while exploring music. We perform various types of band literature including patriotic, holiday, popular, and serious band literature.  Members of this band perform Halloween, winter and spring concerts. Please contact Ms. Rohde at 850-934-4010 ext. 203 or rohdes@santarosa.k12.fl.us.

The WBMS Symphonic Wildcat Band

The WBMS Symphonic Wildcat Band is our advanced level band. This band has consistently earned highly respected excellent and superior ratings over the past twenty years. This band is comprised of usually 55 members. The Symphonic Band prides itself in quality musical performances that evoke special musical feelings and memories. This band participates in many concerts throughout the school year including but not limited to: Military Appreciation Concert, a Halloween concert, a High School Football game, Winter Concert, the Fine Arts Madrigal production, which is a two-night dinner theatre performed every other year, Florida Bandmaster’s Association District One Music Performance Assessment, a spring concert and a recruitment concert. Students are also eligible to audition for a position in the Santa Rosa All-County Honor Band Festival. Participation in this group requires student audition of scales. This is a fast-paced moving class that has lots of fun learning about music and is prepared to work hard to reflect their amazing skill, talent and overall awesome, creative abilities. Please contact Ms. Rohde at 850-934-4010 ext. 203 or rohdes@santarosa.k12.fl.us for more information.

Resources


Photos from the 2019-2020 School Year


“Why Music Matters”, by Jack Stamp

shared by William Shaner, Sims Middle School Band Director.