Ensembles

 

The SHS Bands are a component of the Music Department of Shelbyville High School, in Shelbyville , Indiana .  There are many curricular and co-curricular ensembles within the Band department that provide a wealth of experiences throughout the year.  Curricular ensembles that meet as a class during the school day include the Wind Band, Concert Band, and the Beginning Band.  Co-curricular ensembles that meet before and/or after school include the Marching Band, Color Guard, Drumline, Jazz Band, and Pep Band.

 

Wind Band

The premier ensemble of the SHS Bands, the Wind Band is the most advanced instrumental ensemble at SHS.  To qualify for the Wind Band, students must have successfully completed at least one year in the Concert Band or be assigned to the group after successfully completing the Beginning Band.  The Wind Band meets daily during the school day.

The Wind Band gives public performances throughout the school year as part of the curriculum.  Such performances include the Holiday Concert, the Mid-Winter Concert, the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival, the  ISSMA Organizational Festival, the Spring Band Festival and the May Festival.  In addition to these concert performances, the SHS Wind Band also performs as part of the school’s Veteran's Day program, and for special events.

The Wind Band has a proud tradition of receiving outstanding ratings at state concert festivals such as the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival and the ISSMA Concert Organization Festival.  Students prepare and perform some of the finest, and most difficult concert band literature written for the modern concert band at these festivals and learn from the comments and clinics provided by the teams educators who assess their performance.

 

Marching Band and Guard

The marching band and Guard is a voluntary co-curricular ensemble that performs for SHS Football Games, parades, and other special events such as college band days and their season ending concert.  The marching band meets during the summer for marching drills and band camp, and then rehearses daily before school in the fall, from 6:30 to 7:25 AM.  On Thursday afternoons, prior to scheduled home football games, the marching band rehearses after school from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

The members of the marching band and Guard learn a different half time show for each home football performance and prepare for band day performances at some of Indiana ’s major universities.  In addition to their marching shows and band day performances, the marching band also serves as the host band for Shelbyville’s annual Bears of Blue River Parade and travels to Seymour , Indiana each fall to represent our school and community at the annual Oktoberfest Parade.  Every 4 years, the members of the marching band represent our school and community as part of the Walt Disney Resort’s Magic Music Days program.

 

Concert Band

The Concert Band is open to any freshman who has participated in the Eighth Grade Band before entering SHS.  The Concert Band meets daily during the school day.

The Concert Band gives public performances throughout the school year as part of the curriculum.  Such performances include the Holiday Concert, the Mid-Winter Concert, the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival, the ISSMA Organizational Festival, the Spring Band Festival and at the SHS Graduation Ceremonies.

The Concert Band has a proud tradition of receiving outstanding ratings at state concert festivals such as the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival and the ISSMA Concert Organization Festival.  Students prepare and perform quality concert band literature at these festivals and learn from the comments and clinics provided by the teams educators who assess their performance.

SHS Guard

The SHS Guard is a part of the marching band.  The guard rehearses daily with the marching band from 6:45 to 7:25 AM, and independently after school from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  Members of the guard learn complex dance, flag, and rifle routines for each performance.  The guard also performs at each SHS home boys varsity basketball game as a part of the SHS Pep Band.  The guard is also a featured group at the annual SHS May Festival. 

The SHS Guard is choreographed by Jill Evans, owner of Miss Jill's School of Dance.

 

Beginning Band

Beginning Band is a class open to any SHS student who wishes to learn a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.  Students enrolled in the Beginning Band will learn how to read music and play a band instrument.  After successfully completing this class, these students will be prepared for active membership in any of the school’s other performance band classes, such as the Concert Band, or even the Wind Band.  Many current band members take advantage of the opportunities offered through this class to learn a secondary instrument in another band.  Beginning Band meets daily during the school day.

Pep Band

 The SHS Pep Band is a voluntary ensemble that performs for SHS home varsity boys basketball games.  The pep band rehearses before school from 6:50 to 7:25 AM.  Membership in pep band is open to any student enrolled in Wind Band or Concert Band.  The SHS Pep Band provides another co-curricular opportunity for students to support the school through music.

 The SHS Pep Band rehearses and performs over 75 different tunes per year.  This music ranges from classic rock and roll, to jazz, to Broadway tunes, to music currently popular. 

 

Instrumental Ensemble

 Students in the Instrumental Ensemble class learn a variety of chamber music throughout the school year.  This music includes some of the finest solo and small ensemble literature available.  Students enrolled in the class perform in a formal recital and for a variety of community functions during the year.  This class meets daily during the school day.  . 

Drumline

 The SHS Drumline is an auditioned ensemble of the band department.  The drumline performs throughout the school year, as a members of the marching band, and alongside the pep band at basketball games and pep rallies.

 

Mr. Russell Smith

Director of Bands

Russell O. Smith, a native of Peru , Indiana , has been the director of bands at Shelbyville High School since 1986.  Mr. Smith received his bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University in 1982 and Masters in Secondary Education from IU in 1988.  While at IU, Mr. Smith studied trumpet with Louis Davidson. 

Mr. Smith served as President of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) from 2003-2005.  He was also a member of the IMEA Board of Directors from 1995 – 2007.  Mr. Smith was the IMEA Convention Chair in 2003 and in 2006, where he planned, organized and facilitated the state convention for Indiana ’s music educators.  Locally, Mr. Smith has served as the President of the Shelby Arts Council (1998-2000), and has been a member of the Blue River Foundation’s Arts Committee since 1999.  He is also the conductor of the Shelby Community Band, a post he has held since 1986.

Mr. Smith was honored with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Apple Award for Most Outstanding Educator in 2005.  He was honored as the recipient of the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s Arts Award in 2007.  He has also been selected several times as one of Shelbyville High School ’s “Most Influential Teachers.” 

Mr. Smith plays trumpet in the Schoolhouse 4 + 3 Dixieland Band and in the Schulhaus 4 + 3 German Band.