The Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble at PRP. This band also performs 5-6 concerts per year along with the Symphonic Band. This group participates in the KMEA concert band assessment performing grades 4, 5 and 6 level literature. Membership in this group is through promotion by the director from the symphonic band or through audition. Entering Freshmen can audition for this group in early spring of their 8th grade year.
The Symphonic Band is one of two concert bands at PRP. This group performs 5-6 concerts per year including a fall / halloween concert, winter concert, festival concert, spring concert and a pops / novelty concert. This group also participates in the KMEA concert band assessment performing grades 3,4 and 5 level literature. Membership in this group requires successful completion of middle school band or through director recommendation. Most incoming freshmen are placed in this performing ensemblel
The PRP marching band is one of the most well recognized and fun groups in the PRP band program. The marching band performs at all home football games, local and regional parades and other various perfoming venues. This groups performs popular style music and enhances the music with movement and choreography.
All members of the PRP Band participate in this group unless they are members of other fall performing groups such as varsity football, cheerleading, or dance team.
Marching band begins at the end of the school year with a short 3 day camp where new marchers are taught marching fundamentals and all members work on the next seasons music. One week before school begins, all members participate in band camp where music, marching drill and choreography is taught and learned. This is not only a week of learning, but a week of camaraderie and collaboration of all band team members. Most members say band camp is one of the best parts of marching band. New members find band camp helpful also because it gives them a chance to learn our campus before school starts.
Once school begins, students will practice marching music during band class and will practice one day a week after school in outside rehearsal putting music , drill and choreography together. These practices will occur on Thursdays, from 3pm-5pm. Normally, there will be no other after school rehearsals (with the exception of color guard and percussion). On Friday of home games, there will be a brief rehearsal prior to game time.
On the Friday afternoon of game days, there will be a brief rehearsal to finalize the evenings performance. In addition to our pregame and half time performances, we will perform in the stands playing our school fight song, and various pop tunes and percussion cadences.
Members of our percussion section will have an additional after school rehearsal in addition to our Thursday rehearsal. This extra rehearsal is needed because of the distinctive requirements of the percussion music.
The color guard is comprised of members of our band and students from the general student body who successfully audition. This groups demonstrates visual interpretation of the musical production through dance, body work, and work with equipment such as flags and rifles. Because of the unique nature of this group, they will also practice after school one extra day a week.
Marching Band Fees
Each student is responsible for marching fees. The total amount for this fee is $125. This fee can be paid by the individual student or can be paid for with Panther Points.
The Panther Pep Band performs is a musical support group for our athletic teams. The pep band performs at all home basketball games and travels to regional and state tournaments when our teams advance. All members of the PRP Band participate in pep band.