New/Incoming Students

Welcome, we're so glad you've decided to join Osceola's Band Program.

You are now part of the Warrior Pride Band Family! Whether you are an 8th grade middle school student or transferring from another high school or even from out of state, we know you may have questions about our program. We hope to answer many of them by browsing through our site.

If you cannot find answers to your questions on this site, please use the 'Contact Us' page to reach out to one of our staff or board members, or, just fill out the form.

If you signed up for Marching Band, Percussion or Guard, that will start 1st semester:

  • Marching Band/Color Guard
    • Marching Band is a 2 period class 1st semester.
      • During class, students will change into tshirts/shorts and spend a good amount of time outside working on their show that they will perform during halftime at football games and at several competitions.
      • If the instrument you usually play in band is not used for marching band, (i.e. bassoon) you can opt for another instrument. Please feel free to talk to our band director, Mr. Edwards, for options. In some cases, you might choose Percussion or Guard class instead of Marching Band.
    • Percussion players - There is a separate 1 period class for percussion which is held 1st period.
    • Color Guard - There is a separate 1 period class for guard, called Eurthymics and it is held 1st period.
    • Approximately 3 weeks before the start of school, Marching Band, Percussion and Guard students will attend band camp to start learning show music and marching or guard techniques. Band camp is two weeks, with a one week break before school starts.
    • Marching Band, Percussion and Guard students practice Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:15-8:30 starting the first week of school until the final competition in mid-November
    • Marching Band and Percussion students are in the stands for all home Varsity Football games (and 2 away games) playing stand tunes, and all groups will perform their show together during halftime.

If you signed up for Concert Band, that will begin 2nd semester, along with these additional ensembles:

  • Concert Band
    • Concert Band is a 2 period class offered 2nd semester
    • Concerts are scheduled in December (if you were in Marching Band 1st semester), and April/May
    • Students are encouraged to prepare a solo or ensemble piece in February to be performed in front of a judge who will give you a rating along with helpful feedback
  • Jazz Band
    • Jazz Band rehearses after school on Mondays and will perform at the Spring Concert in April/May
    • If your main instrument is not used in jazz band, perhaps you have abilities on guitar, bass, piano or drums?
  • Winter Percussion
    • Winter Percussion/Drum Line rehearses after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15-8:30.
    • This will actually get started immediately after Marching Band season ends, mid-November
    • If you are not familiar with Winter Percussion, it is an ensemble of percussion instruments, both Marching Percussion/Drumline/Battery (Snare, Tenors/Quads, bass drum & cymbals) and Auxiliary/Pit/Front Ensemble (Marimba, Vibraphone, bells, xylophone, synth, bass guitar, gong).
    • Winter Percussion performs a show on an indoor mat in several competitions
    • Finals are in Daytona around the 1st of April
    • If you have never played a percussion instrument, this is your opportunity!
  • Winter Guard
    • Winter Guard practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights
    • This will actually get started immediately after Marching Band season ends, mid-November
    • Winter Guard performs a show of their own using flags, rifles and dance moves set to music, on an indoor mat, in several competitions.
    • Finals are in Daytona around the 1st of April

If you signed up for Orchestra, that will last the entire school year

  • Orchestra
    • Orchestra is a 1 period class that lasts the full school year
      • Orchestra concerts are scheduled toward the end of each semester, one in December and one in April/May
      • Beginners as well as experienced players are encouraged to join.