SHERMAN & EWING JUNIOR HIGH BANDS
Mr. Bruce Gerken, Thomas Ewing Band Director
Mr. David Bode, General Sherman Band Director
General Sherman and Thomas Ewing Junior High Schools are the two junior high schools in the Lancaster City School district. There are three bands at each junior high school, one for each grade level.
Students in the sixth grade band come to junior high school with a four months of experience on their instrument. Sixth grade band is a scheduled class, meeting daily. During the first half of the school year, students are taught in three separate classes (woodwinds, brass, and percussion). During the second half of the year, the sixth grade band continues to meet in three classes, but also combines to begin learning how to play together as a full band. The sixth grade band performs their first concert in the spring.
The seventh and eighth grade bands also meet daily. Performances include an appearance at the Sherman-Ewing football game halftime show, a holiday concert in December, and a spring concert in May. Seventh and eighth grade band members also have the opportunity to participate in a Solo and Ensemble Festival.
JUNIOR HIGH BAND CALENDAR
JUNIOR HIGH BAND NEWS
Click here for a variety of online resources that can help junior high band members improve on their instrument. This includes fingering charts, note name games, and high-quality band performance from YouTube.