Band and Orchestra
Our Orchestra travels to compete at music festivals every spring. Here are students at the National Adjudicators Invitational in Atlanta.
Band and Orchestra students regularly participate in All-State and Honor Bands, like these students at Samford University’s Thirteenth Annual Honor Band Festival.
Altamont holds many visual and performing arts events on campus every year, including orchestral and jazz band concerts, banquets and showcases.
We are one of the few schools in the state to offer an Orchestra program. Our students travel across the Southeast to compete at music festivals as well as into the Birmingham community to perform at local elementary schools. Students can also participate in the Pep Band, which plays at big home volleyball and basketball games!
Our ensembles include Beginner Strings, Beginner Band, Middle School Jazz Band, Middle School Orchestra, Upper School Jazz Band, and Upper School Orchestra. Two popular non-performing music classes are Studio Recording & Songwriting and Music History & Theory.
Jazz Band and Orchestra Winter 2021 Concert
The 7th-8th Grade Jazz Band, the Upper School Jazz Band and the Orchestra performed their winter concert on Dec. 9. The Jazz Bands played classics from Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and The Beatles. The Orchestra played two contemporary pieces by Michael Oare and Larry Clark as well as two classic pieces from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky: “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Starting as early as fifth grade, our students learn the language of music and music's design and structure. They perform choral music from all periods and truly begin to express themselves through singing. Specialty concerts are performed twice a year.
In addition, to the opportunity to take eight years of vocal instruction, Altamont students can participate in musical theatre and in our annual solo competition.