Band Program Information
Century High School has over 1100 students and boasts some of the highest academic acheivements. CHS has been in the top 1200 schools list in America for several years running and continues this excellence by offering the most applied studies classes in District #25. Century’s Mission Statement “To develop in our students the knowledge, skill, and ability to be life-long learners and responsible citizens in a democratic society and a competitive, changing, and global economy” is embodied by the music program. The goal of the music program is to create independent musicians that have the skills to continue playing, enjoying, and learning music for the rest of their lives. This involves a strong fundamentals-based curriculum that fulfills the national, state, and district standards for music education.
The music program consists of Bands, Choirs, and Orchestra. The band program began in 2000 when the school opened. There were about 16 students enrolled in band the first year; now there are over 70 students involved in the program and it is still growing. CHS has award winning Symphonic and Jazz Bands that frequently feature professional soloists from the surrounding community and universities. The Percussion Ensemble, started in 2009, grew from 6 students to 20 students first two years and has become an acclaimed ensemble throughout the State of Idaho, performing at the IMEA Conference Opening Ceremonies in 2014. The award winning Marching Band competes in major competitions throughout Idaho and Utah. Century’s Jazz Combos expose the student body to jazz music and perform in the community for various events. Many of our band students have started their own bands and combos as a result of their music education. The program frequently collaborates with music education and performance majors from Idaho State University and other Idaho colleges. 80% of the band graduates have continued playing in university or community ensembles.
The Bands program is very involved with the community. Students enjoy sharing the gift of music with those who live in our area. They send out invitations to local middle and elementary schools, retirement and veteran homes, senior citizen’s centers, and local libraries. Students The Symphonic Band performs at an annual Veteran’s Day Assembly at CHS to honor those who serve our country. The Drumline performs at the annual Pocatello Marathon in the fall. Many of our band alumni have received large music scholarships and/or are involved in university music groups throughout the nation.