VISUAL ENSEMBLE

  • VISUAL ENSEMBLE

    Our Visual Ensemble group (known as the Color Guard) is an outstanding program open to all grade levels, with no experience needed to start. The Color Guard is a superior-rated state level program that performs at many venues throughout the year.

    MCCA INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

    It is the mission of the MCCA Instrumental Program to develop a student's musical talents to the highest degree through a rigorous performance level. Through exposure to the West Port Instrumental program students learn about character development, tone production, movement, improvisation skills, as well as sight-reading music. Instrumental students are required to participate in after-school practices and performances as a means of applying the skills taught in class.

     

    Students completing the program with an "A" average will be prepared to audition for post-secondary music schools to further their musical careers, as well as to enjoy music as a life-long avocation.

     

    The West Port High School Instrumental Motto: Be the best that YOU can be!

     

    The West Port High School Instrumental Creed: Follow the THREE R's: A WPHS Band Member must be Respectful, Responsible, and Reliable.

     

    If our students understand and follow the Instrumental Motto and Creed then they will be very successful in everything that they do in life and will represent our band to the highest standard that we aim to achieve.

     

    The Marion County Center for the Arts Instrumental program is proud of its facilities, including a Performing Arts Center, band room and seven quality practice rooms, as well as the use of outstanding equipment. Serious instrumental students will have an opportunity to participate in Jazz, Concert, Symphonic, and Honors Bands and compete in district and state festivals. they will study a wide range of instrumental styles, including classical, contemporary, swing, rock, funk, Latin, and march-style music.

     

    Student have numerous opportunities to perform in both small and large groups on and off campus. Applied Music Theory is also offered at the junior and senior grade levels.
     

    MCCA INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

    Students will be required to perform the following:

    1. SCALES: 1) Concert Bb scale. 2) Concert Eb scale. Tempo = 120. (All State pattern with arpeggio).
    2. PREPARED MUSIC: Play two solo pieces of your own choosing. The two pieces must be of contrasting styles (one technical and one lyrical). Sheet music for the two pieces is to be brought to the audition. Please come with these pieces prepared.
    3. SIGHT-READING: You will be given two short sight-reading exercises. Practice sight-reading music prior to the audition (this will help with your sight-reading skills at the audition).

    MCCA INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR


    Mr. Scotty Vance received his degree of Bachelors in Music Education (BME) from Florida State University in 1993 and has taught music for 20 years. He has also taken some coursework towards his Masters degree at the University of Florida. Mr. Vance is a member of the FBA, FEA, FMBC, FMEA, FSMA, MCMA, MCCA, MENC, and the NEA.

     

    He has taught at West Port since the school opened its doors in 2000. His students are focused towards music as a possible career choice after high school. To that end their training is more rigorous than a typical school. Under his direction his bands have received many awards and straight superior ratings. He is also the Florida Bandmasters Association District 19 Chairman governing over 40 band directors in Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties. Mr. Vance's vision strives for each of his students is to work to be happy while finding and working to reach their personal best at everything they do in life.

     

    Mr. Vance Mr. Scotty Vance received his degree of Bachelors in Music Education (BME) from Florida State University in 1993 and has taught music for 20 years. He has also taken some coursework towards his Masters degree at the University of Florida.

     

    Mr. Vance is a member of the FBA, FEA, FMBC, FMEA, FSMA, MCMA, MCCA, MENC, and the NEA. He has taught at West Port since the school opened its doors in 2000. His students are focused towards music as a possible career choice after high school. To that end their training is more rigorous than a typical school. Under his direction his bands have received many awards and straight superior ratings.  

     

    He is also the Florida Bandmasters Association District 19 Chairman governing over 40 band directors in Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties.  Mr. Vance's vision strives for each of his students is to work to be happy while finding and working to reach their personal best at everything they do in life.