Bands at Mount Olive High School
The instrumental program at Mount Olive High School offers a wide range of performance opportunities for our 130 students. Two levels of concert ensembles including the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are available to students by audition as performance classes. Students are taught the fundamentals of tone production, sight reading, technique, and musicality during these ensemble periods. Students also have the opportunity to study Music Theory on the beginning, intermediate, and Advanced Placement levels, focusing on the aspects of analysis, aural skills, composition, ear training, dictation, and music history. Music in Our Lives is a music appreciation-style course that focuses on basics of music notation, world music, and the role cultural music plays throughout society. New to the curriculum is the Performance and Technology Lab, an advanced college-level course focusing on an in-depth study of music history, authentic performance practice, and cutting edge technology. All students are encouraged to study privately with qualified specialists to enhance their musical experience. Students also participate in several select and after school ensembles, including the Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and various Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, and Saxophone Ensembles. Students from Mount Olive are encouraged to audition for membership in Area, Region, and All-State Ensembles, and are frequent participants.
The ensembles at Mount Olive consistently perform at a high level, having frequently been awarded Silver and Gold ratings at festivals across the East Coast. Students in these ensembles are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with guest artists from high schools, colleges, and universities across the county. In 2009 the Marching Band had a "perfect season" winning first place and all caption awards at every show, including the NJ State Championship and the USSBA Northern States Championship. The Percussion Ensemble was selected to participate in the 2009 Music for All National Percussion Festival. This marked the first time a percussion ensemble from NJ has ever been invited to this most prestigious event. The festival is the first national performance for an ensemble from Mount Olive, and also the first commission of an original piece of music for the program.