Ensembles

The Band Program in the Benton Community Schools form an important part of the total school life. It is a highly visible part of the school and of the community. We are ambassadors that perform throughout the state, while representing Benton County and the surrounding area. We represent our school with the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct.

“Quality is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”


The goal of the Benton Central Band Program is to offer students a solid and well-rounded musical education in a setting that is safe, challenging, and enjoyable.

 
The band program at Benton Central allows students to participate in a variety of performing ensembles suited to their abilities and desires. A basic assumption for all students is the willingness to improve and be part of a group effort. Those students who have successfully completed the Junior High band program are welcomed and encouraged to continue their musical studies in High School. Curricular Band classes include: 6th Grade Elementary Band, Cadet Band (7th grade), Concert Band (8th grade), Symphonic Band (HS), Wind Ensemble (HS), and Percussion Ensemble (HS).


For those students in the High School band program, the Bison Marching Band provides the opportunity for students to participate in musical events throughout the community and state. The BMB works during the summer and fall participating in contests, parades, and provides entertainment during Benton Central home football games.


After marching season is over, the BCMB segues into the Benton Central Pep Band providing entertainment and encouragement at a selection of home girls’ & boys’ varsity basketball games.


Other activities that students are encouraged to be part of include: Three Jazz Bands (two HS, one JH), which practice after school or during homeroom on Fridays and joins in concert events throughout the year; ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest; All-State Band; IBA All-District & All-Region Honor Bands; Purdue Summer Concert Band; private lessons; and numerous small group playing experiences. The Benton Central Band program is also supported by the parents and friends making up the Benton Central Band Boosters. The group is an integral part in the success of all of the bands at Benton Central.


The Band Department presents four annual performance events. In October is the Fall Festival of Music concert, which combines the talents of all of the Benton Central Bands and ends with a performance by the Marching Band. The holiday season provides another opportunity for parents and the community to enjoy the musical talents of the BCSC students with our "Sounds of the Season" concert. In the spring, the Bands share their talents by performing the musical pieces that they will take to ISSMA contest. Near the end of the second semester in May, the Fine Arts Festival showcases the talents of our Visual Art, Woodworking, Choir, and Band students in a weekend-long event.