Ensembles

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”
― Leonard Bernstein

Spain Park Chamber Winds

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The Spain Park Chamber Winds is the premier performing ensemble at Spain Park. The band performs master works from the band repertoire. The band has consistently earned Superior Ratings in festival and contest performance.

This past spring the Symphonic Band performed Sousa’s The Gallant Seventh, With Each Sunset by Richard Saucedo, and Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed.

The group is excited to be performing at the 30th Annual High School Honor Band Festival at the University of Alabama on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Spain Park Symphonic Band

The Spain Park Symphonic Band is in it’s first year of existence. The band performs master works from the band repertoire.

At Music Performance Assessment in March, the students will be performing United Nations March by Karl King, Overture for Winds by Charles Carter and The Heart of Madness by Mark Lortz.

Shades of Blue

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble is a traditional big band. The band performs throughout the Hoover area for school-sponsored events as well as community-wide concerts and events.

The band performs traditional swing, be-bop, funk, latin, and rock arrangements and original compositions.

The Pride of the Park Marching Band

The Spain Park Marching Band is an integral part of the overall program at Spain Park. With performances in both the London New Year’s Day Parade and at the Vatican for the Pope, himself, The Pride of the Park has served as Hoover’s ambassadors throughout the nation and world. Most recently, the band participated in the 2011 Fresh From Florida Parade (formerly the Citrus Parade) in Orlando, FL and the 2013 Fiesta Flambeau Parade in San Antonio, TX where they were recognized as the Best in Class.

The band competes locally where they consistently earn straight superior ratings in every caption. he Pride of the Park hosts the “Sparks In the Park” marching festival on the last Saturday in September where they performed in exhibition as the host band.

Friday nights at Spain Park are an important part of the high school experience, at The Pride of the Park is a big part of making them so special. They perform for a supportive group of fans and supporters as they create an atmosphere that inspires and brings joy and excitement through the music they make and interpret.

Color Guard

The color guard at Spain Park High School is a part of the marching band and music program. During football season, the color guard is an integral part of the marching design, color palette, and musical interpretation of the show. The guard uses props and equipment, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band show.

By using flags, sabers, rifles, swing flags, and other pieces of equipment pertaining to the music, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary modern dance, the color guard interprets the music into a stunning visual element.

The Spain Park Color Guard performs during football games at halftime and at competitions. During competitions, the guard adds to the overall score of the band; however, the judges also give an individual score to the color guard for a category usually called auxiliary.

The Spain Park Color Guard consists of high school students who benefit from being in a world-class organization and have the opportunity to work with some of the best professional color guard instructors and performers in the world. Top-quality instruction is critical to the success of the color guard and allows success and contributes to the tradition of excellence, which makes the Spain Park Bands so great.

Spain Park Winter Guard Program

Winter guard is an indoor color guard activity derived from military ceremonies or veterans organizations ceremonies. Unlike traditional color guard, winter guard is performed indoors, usually in a gymnasium or an indoor arena.

Winter guards use the same equipment as they do during the marching band season. The use of sabers, rifles, and flags, along with choreography, add to the effect of the theme of the show. Along with their equipment, the ensemble performs on a 55’x80′ vinyl tarp that is painted in accordance to the theme of the show. This helps shape the set design for the overall effect.

During the winter program, the guard continues to master their equipment skills and learn a higher vocabulary of choreography. The winter guard focuses more on dance and movement skills put in the routine to challenge the group and to bring them to the next level of precision and skill.

The Spain Park Winter Guard Program begins after the marching band season ends, which is usually mid-November and continues until the beginning of April.

Winter guard ensembles perform at judged competitions officiated by local and regional associations using criteria developed by Winter Guard International. The winter season consists of about 5-7 judged competitions at local competitions in Southeast. Spain Park High School Winter Guard is a member of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit.