Raymond Cree Middle School Ensembles


Listed below are the different ensembles students can be a part through the Instrumental Program.  We welcome you to get to know these ensembles.


Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is a one-year course designed to teach advanced instrumental skills and have proven through audition that they are ready for the highest-level ensemble.  This group performs at many concerts and parades during the year including required attendance at the Winter and Spring Concerts, music festival in March and May.  Other mandatory events include off campus tours and Marching Band trips.

  • To maintain your instrument and be able to spot-check mechanical problems.
  • To produce an advanced tone quality consistent with your instrument.
  • To read and write advanced level musical notation.
  • Advanced level performance skills and etiquette.
  • Appropriate major/minor and chromatic scales.
  • Advanced level music theory.
  • Expanded note range and music vocabulary skills.
  • To prepare a solo or small ensemble piece for festival or classroom.
  • Play and movement techniques associated with marching band performance.
  • To work well with others towards a common goal and skills to make a successful transition to a high school instrumental program. 
  • Experience a variety of performance opportunities. 


Wind Ensemble Past Repertoire

  • Adrenaline Engines by Randall Standridge
  • Agressivo by Randall Standridge
  • Allied Honor March by Karl L. King
  • Amazing Grace by Robert Sheldon
  • Antares by Elliot del Borgo
  • Apparitions by Brian Balmages
  • Armed Forces March by Michael Sweeney
  • Fanfare on Ode to Joy by James Curnow
  • Fantasy on an Irish Air by Richard Saucedo
  • Fantasy on Yankee Doodle by Mark Williams
  • General Lee by Karl L. King
  • Make Way for Melody by Metcalf
  • Moscow 1941 by Brian Balmages
  • Omaha Beach by John Edmondson
  • Pandora by Randall Standridge
  • Pevensy Castle by Robert Sheldon
  • Shaker Variants by Elliot del Borgo
  • Shananegans by Robert Sheldon
  • Spirit Dance by George Farmer
  • Structures by Roland Barret
  • Symphony No. 3 Finale by Mahler/arr. Richard Saucedo
  • Rage by Randall Standridge


Advanced Band

Advanced band is a one-year course designed to teach intermediate/advanced instrumental skills to students with one or more years of prior experience. Students are required to be part of the Marching Band. This group performs at many concerts and parades during the year including required attendance at the Winter and Spring Concert and music festival in March. Other mandatory events include off campus tours and Marching Band trips.

  • To maintain your instrument in good working order.
  • To produce an advanced quality sound/tone on your instrument.
  • To read and write traditional musical notation.
  • Performance skills and etiquette.
  • To expand knowledge and proficiency of music theory.
  • To expand your note range and vocabulary of performance skills.
  •  Memorization of Major Scales.
  • To work with other musicians towards a common goal.
  •  Playing and movement technique associated with marching band.


Beginning Band

Beginning band is a one-year course designed to teach beginning instrumental skills to students with no previous experience or some experience at an earlier level.  

  • To assemble and maintain your instrument.
  • To produce a good quality sound/tone on your instrument.
  • To read and write traditional musical notation.
  • Performance skills and etiquette.
  • Basic music Theory.
  • To work with other musicians toward a common goal. 


Marching Band

Comprised of Wind Ensemble and Advanced Band students.  Students perform in three parades in the fall and other community events.  Students rehearse two to three times per week after school.  

  • Season from October thru December


Solo and Ensemble

Comprised of second and third year members who have the opportunity to experience performing in a chamber music setting (solo, duet, trio, quartet, quintet) in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival hosted at Cree.  Students also have the opportunity to perform in the Annual Tea Party Fundraiser and Regional Festival at Cal Baptist University in Riverside

  • Season from January thru May


Beginning Honor Band

An after school ensemble that meets once per week beginning mid January comprised of Beginning Band students who have demonstrated proper developed skills, classroom etiquette, a high grade in Trimester 1 and look for a challenge outside of the normal school day.

  • Season from January thru May


Stage Band

Comprised of second and third students who meet once per week to learn a few pieces for end of the year activities such as Honors Dessert and 8th Grade Promotion.  Most music is pop related.

  • Season April thru June


Instrumental Program

Annual Performances


Shakey's Night Band Fundraiser

PSHS Homecoming Parade

Veterans Day Parade

Festival of Lights Parade

Holiday Community Tour

Beginning Band Holiday Sampler

SCSBOA District Solo & Ensemble Festival

SCSBOA Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival

Tour de Palm Springs

Winter Concert

SCSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival

Tea Party Fundraiser

Forum Music Festival

Awards Concert

Honors Dessert

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony