Opportunities for instrumentalists at BLS include a multitude of ensembles covering a wide variety of styles and skill levels:
Senior Concert Band
The Senior Concert Band provides experienced instrumentalists with the opportunity to rehearse, study, and perform music from the standard band literature. The Senior Concert Band plays numerous concerts throughout the year in school and in the community. The Senior Concert Band is the band that represents Boston Latin School at official public functions.
mp3: Hoist March from 2nd Suite in F
The Junior Band provides an opportunity for Class IV instrumentalists to learn the techniques of rehearsal procedures necessary to play in a large ensemble. The Junior Band participates in the Holiday Concert and the spring Music Night.
mp3: The Great Locomotive Chase
Class V and VI Bands
The Class V and VI Bands provide students with ensemble playing experience to prepare them for future participation in the Junior and Senior Bands. These bands participate in the Holiday Concert and the spring Music Night.
mp3: African Marching Song
Concert String Orchestra
The Concert String Orchestra is open to all advanced string students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. It provides these students with an opportunity to play a wide range of string repertoire from classical to popular styles. The Concert String Orchestra performs extensively at various school and community events throughout the school year.
mp3: Tchaikovsky Serenade
Philharmonic String Orchestra
The Philharmonic String Orchestra is open to all intermediate string students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. It provides these students with an opportunity to play a wide range of string repertoire at a lesser level of difficulty than the senior strings. The Philharmonic String Orchestra performs at various school events throughout the school year.
mp3: Rumanian Folk Dances
Repertory String Orchestra
The Repertory String Orchestra is open to all experienced string students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. It provides students with an opportunity to play a string repertoire at a medium easy level of difficulty. The Repertory String Orchestra performs at the two
major school events.
mp3: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
In addition to the ensembles above, which are part of the BLS curriculum and rehearse during the school day, there are a variety of groups that meet after school and participate in school concerts and other events:
mp3: Cruisin' for a Bluesin'
Junior Big Band
mp3: Zoot Suit Riot
mp3: Baby Elephant Walk