Performing Divisions

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The Marching Raiders

The Ryle Marching Raiders are an extra/co-curricular, competitive marching band that competes in the Mid-States Band Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and Bands of America circuits. The marching band also participates in all home football games and the Ryle Homecoming Parade every fall. Marching band requires a commitment to summer camp dates along with some evening rehearsals from the beginning of the school year through the first of November. Football Games typically occur on Friday evenings and Competitions are Saturday events.

Concert Band

Concert Band is a curricular ensemble open to any student at Ryle interested in being in band. Prior experience from middle school and/or private lessons is preferable, but beginners are accepted. Outcomes are based on grade level/semester appropriate assignments, band literature assignments, and ensemble performances.

Honor Band

The Honors Wind Symphony is a select curricular ensemble of approximately 50 instrumental musicians at Ryle. An audition is required for admission into the course which occurs in early April every spring for the following academic year. Students receive an Honors Course Credit with a 1.04 weight. Outcomes are based on grade level/semester appropriate assignments, band literature assignments, required auditions, chamber music assignments, and ensemble performances.

Percussion Ensemble

This course is designed for all percussion students at Ryle. Percussionists will perform as a large ensemble, in small groups, and be divided between the Concert Band and Wind Symphony for band performances. Prior band/percussion experience is preferred, but not required for Percussion Ensemble. Outcomes are based on grade level and semester appropriate assignments, band literature assignments, required auditions (for Honors students), chamber music assignments, and ensemble performances.

Jazz Ensemble

This extra-curricular ensemble is an auditioned group of 16 jazz musicians. Students will audition in early December and participate in sectionals and full ensemble rehearsals.

Pep Band

This voluntary, extra-curricular band will meet twice in early December to review and learn pep music for 10 home (5 boys and 5 girls) high school basketball games. The band also participates in district, regional, and state basketball tournaments as the seasons dictate.

Ryle Independent Winter Guard

The Ryle Independent Winter Guard is a competitive guard program for the students of Ryle High School and high school students from schools without winter guard programs. The majority of students are students from Ryle High School. The winter guard competes in the Tri-State Circuit along with Winter Guard International. The winter guard has achieved great success in the past few years consistantly placing in the top three guards in their class in Tri-State and being a WGI Regional Finalist.


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