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Music Department 307
Music Department
 
BANDS
 
Concert Band
This ensemble is also known as the junior band, comprised of beginner and advanced grade nines, as well as beginners from any grades and second ensemble players. This band always has a great selection of music to play from and has a great time playing it.
 
Intermediate Band
This ensemble is also known as the Grade 10 Band, comprised of grade nine and advanced grade nine instrumentalists.
 
Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is made up by grade 10, 11 and 12 students who are experienced in playing their instrument. This ensemble performs a great variety of pieces from marches to popular songs. Often, the pieces are quite challenging and push students to perform their absolute best.  In addition to the school concerts, this ensemble participates in MusicAlive and Kiwanis each year.
 
AM Stages
This is Alexander Mackenzie High School's show band and often gets invited to play at community events. The most common pieces for this band to play are jazz, funk, and Latin and everyone has a great time playing them. This is the band where you can let loose - the pieces are fun to play, and are often loud and fast with catchy rhythms that will be stuck in your head forever. Places this band performs include the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, the Mill Pond Splash, Fanfare, Showcase, the Coffee House and Silent Auction, school assemblies and much more.
 
Jazz Junkies
This band is also known as junior jazz band. The music is slightly easier than that of A.M. Stages but sounds great. This band does not always play jazz, but it plays a combination of jazz, swing, pop, and pieces that are in general, a lot of fun to play. Even if you don't play a "jazz instrument", feel free to join anyways - it's jazz, there are no rules.
 
STRINGS
 
String Orchestra
The string orchestra is made up of experienced players of the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. 
 
Full Orchestra
The full orchestra is made up students from the string orchestra as well as brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments players.
 
Beginner Strings
The beginner string ensemble is made up of violin, viola, cello, and string bass players who are enrolled in the beginner strings course.
 
VOCAL
 
Mackenzie Singers
This is a group of students who use an instrument everyone has... their voice!!! The Mackenzie Singers sing various styles of pieces including choral repertoire, songs from musicals, popular songs, African songs and much, much more.  They perform in three concerts, Showcase and Fanfare at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and Spring Celebration at the Richmond Hill United Church, as well as participating in music festivals and tours. If you like singing, then this group is for you!!!
 
Women’s Choir
This is a group of female students that perform SSA choral arrangements.  Many members of the Mackenzie Singers join this group as a second ensemble.  The women’s choir participates in MusicAlive and/or the Ontario Vocal Festival each year as well as the school’s concerts.
 
Chamber Choir
The Chamber Choir is an auditioned group of vocalists who perform advanced SSATTB repertoire which is frequently a cappella. They participate in festival such as MusicAlive and MusicFest each year in addition to school concerts.​
 
Jazz Choir
This is a smaller auditioned group who perform jazz, Latin, and pop music. Vocalists and instrumentalists are involved in this ensemble. 
Show Choir
This vocal ensemble performs popular and music theatre repertoire along with choreography.
 
Musical Theatre
Each year students in the grade 10, 11, and 12 musical theatre courses put on a full musical production in December.  Grade 9 students can often audition for small roles or chorus in September as an extra-curricular.  Instrumental students are selected to perform in the pit orchestra.
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