The Houston County Black and Silver Brigade consists of several different components. During the Fall, the Marching Band/Color Guard is the primary focus as the band performs at football games and competes in marching competitions. The Winter season brings Concert Band into focus as they prepare for Large Group Performance Evaluations. In the Spring, as the Concert Band continues to practice and perform, the Percussion Ensemble gets a chance to shine in the Night of Percussion concert.
- Marching Band
- Concert Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- Jazz Band
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The band started out with a little over a handful of students has grown throughout the years to the current size. Some of the accolades that the band has achieved over it history includes: 2008 Grand Champion Eagle’s Nest Invitational at Collins Hill High School in the Atlanta Area, 2007 Grand Champion of the Heart of Georgia Marching Band Invitational at Warner Robins, Georgia. Participated in the Phoenix Invitational Marching Festival at Phoenix City, Alabama in 2000 and 2001, the East Georgia Marching Festival And Championships at Statesboro, Georgia in 2001 and 2002, and the Spirit Of The South Marching Festival at Tifton, Georgia in 2001 and 2002. Washington County Golden Hawk Invitational, Grand Champion 2009 and the Heart of Georgia Band Invitational Grand Champions 2009. The band has traveled to and played at the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La, Chicago Christmas Parade and numerous other venues across the county.
There are three levels of Concert Band at Houston County High. Concert II consists mainly of freshmen and is focused on developing and growing young musicians. Concert I is the mid-level group for more experienced players. The Wind Symphony is for the most advanced band students as they usually perform music rated at the highest level.
The Black and Silver Brigade Color Guard is the backbone of our show. They provide the visual aspect of our competition and football shows on the field. These young people work just as hard as the band members themselves and are required to have just as much discipline and team work as anyone else.
The percussion program at Houston County High School is a multi-faceted organization that includes a diverse group of 50 students that participate in many musical activities ranging from marching percussion to the highest levels of literature in the concert percussion ensemble idiom. The program has a rich history of excellence since the band and school began in 1991. Many talented students have been a part of the group and have gone on to achieve success as music majors, performers, and educators. Many students from the program have participated in honor bands including All State, District, and Region bands with many also being accepted to regional youth symphonies and the Governor’s Honors Program.
The marching percussion program is an annual award winning group steeped in a tradition of the highest possible standards. The percussion ensemble has featured many guest artists including Dr. Mathew Fallin from Georgia Southern University, Dr. Marcus Reddick from Mercer University and will welcome Dr. Paul Valliancourt from Columbus State University in the spring of 2013. Both the marching and concert groups strive to create amazing musical performances for their audiences each and every year with the main emphasis on having a blast together making phenomenal music. The program is led by Assistant Band Director and Co-Director of Percussion Travis Roye along with Co-Director of Percussion Miguel Castro. Other fantastic staff members include Andy Huntt, Jonathan Mashburn, Doug Atcheson, and Joel Castro