Band is open to all interested students. At the beginning of the school year the band is called Dodger Marching Band and it meets 4th block and every Thursday evening during the marching season. Techniques of good tone, production, intonation, rhythm and musicianship are stressed. Lessons are a course expectation and are scheduled on a rotating schedule of students class schedule. The marching band performs at home football games, an out-of-town trip, marching contests, and selected activities. After marching season ends, band students are placed in the symphonic or wind ensemble on the basis of an audition. These two bands give concerts during the remainder of the year at assemblies at Senior High and the middle schools, at exchange concerts with other school districts, for service and civic organizations, and a Springtasia event. Band students are placed in one of the two pep bands, which perform at athletic events. Band students may audition for the Iowa All State Band and other honor bands as well as participates in state large group contests and state solo and ensemble contests. Band students may also elect to participate in jazz band, which studies and performs music in the jazz and rock idioms. Contests, festivals, school-related functions, and an annual Perspectives in Jazz concert are opportunities for the jazz band.
- Tone Production (What is a good characteristic sound)
- Intonation (Playing in tune as a section and entire group)
- Balance and Blend (Within sections of the band and as it relates to melody and harmony)
- Rhythm (Proper counting – complexity of meter and timing)
- Technique ( Control of range and individual uniqueness of different instruments)
- Musicianship (Dynamics and general handling of musical line. Beauty and character phrasing)
- Articulation (proper use of tongue i.e., difference of slurred or tongued passages)