The Concert Bands are the core of the Rampart Instrumental Music (RIM) program. The RIM program provides the students musical growth, experiences, and a strong core of musical education through the concert performance ensembles. Each class requires a year-long commitment of great music-making. Rehearsals are year-round during the school day, with extra sectionals, rehearsals, and clinics being scheduled from time-to-time outside of the school day, as needed to prepare for performances and/or competitions. The Concert Bands perform in all Rampart High School band concert cycles and participate in Pep Bands/Assemblies, as requested.
We believe in teaching our student to play well, to develop listening skills and ensemble sensitivity, and to express themselves confidently in music. But most importantly, we teach our students to be respectful and hard-working members of a “team” persevering together towards goals that we cannot reach alone. – Keith Acuncius, RHS Band Director
The Symphonic Band is open to any student at Rampart High School. Students are exposed to high-school grade difficulty of music, while continuing to build upon fundamental and intermediate skill sets. This Band performs at the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Qualifying Regional competition for a possible invitation to compete at the CBA State Festival.
The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble for students at Rampart High School. Students are expected to perform at an advanced level of proficiency on their individual instruments, as well as demonstrate a desire to practice and perform advanced concert band music. Private instruction with local professionals is highly encouraged. This Band performs at the Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA) State Qualifying Regional competition and has a strong history of being invited to compete at the CBA State Festival.
Jazz Ensemble 1
Jazz Ensemble 1 is an open ensemble. Students are exposed to a variety of styles and an intermediate grade difficulty of music, while continuing to build upon fundamental skill sets. Students are expected to be proficient on their instruments and demonstrate background knowledge of basic music theory proficiency and technique. Jazz Ensemble 1 performs at Rampart High School jazz concerts, as well as additional performances and clinics outside of the school, including opportunities to attend at least one jazz festival every year and community performances.
Advanced Jazz Ensemble
The Advanced Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced skill set on the instrument and in music theory. Private instruction with local professionals that have a jazz performance background is highly encouraged. The Advanced Jazz Ensemble performs at Rampart High School jazz concerts, as well as additional performances and clinics outside of the school, including opportunities to attend at least one jazz festival every year and community performances.
The Orchestra is open to any student with prior string background at Rampart High School and students who may be new to a string instrument but have prior instrumental music backgrounds. Students must demonstrate the dedication to develop a proficiency on their instrument. Private instruction with a local professional is strongly encouraged for beginner string students to ensure the opportunity to thrive in rehearsals and performances. The Orchestra performs at all Rampart High School band concerts, as well as the CHSAA Large Ensemble Festival each year.