The concert band program consists of two symphonic wind and percussion ensembles which engage exclusively in concert performance. The concert bands will learn to perform in several musical styles that include, but are not limited to, concert band repertoire, vocal and orchestral transcriptions, symphonic pops music and multi-cultural arrangements.
Concert band students will be trained in the technical aspects of instrumental musicianship. These include tone quality, intonation, balance, blend, technique interpretation, musicality and other performance factors.
The two concert bands at La Cueva are the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, which will contain the most advanced players in the program. There is an audition to be placed in Wind Ensemble in November, at the end of marching season.
Students in concert bands may participate in solo and small ensemble festival and audition for All State Band and Orchestra and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program.
The concert bands meet during 1st period on Mondays and Wednesdays after 0 hour Brass, Percussion and Woodwind Ensemble, 0 hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and both 0 hour and 1st period on Fridays.