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All-State Band

All Watertown High School band members may audition for All-State Band. Band students compete with musicians from across the state of South Dakota by auditioning with prepared solos and scales, taking a written test of musical terms and playing a sight reading exam. Musicians chosen for All-State Band receive the honor of performing for the annual All-Dakota and a guest conductor of renown. All-State Band rehearses during late March or early April at different locations each year in South Dakota.

Advisor: Jackie Stacey

Flag Corps

Flag Corps is a unit of high school woodwind or percussion girls who perform with the marching band in the fall. Students enrolled in band are eligible to audition for this activity. Band members interested in participating in the flag corps should contact the band director.

Jazz Ensemble

Students who play trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass guitar and drum set may audition for jazz ensemble. The group rehearses before school and performs in concerts and for groups and clubs in the Watertown area. Each year, the Jazz Ensemble performs at various jazz festivals across the state. Depending on student interest, two groups are sometimes formed.

Advisor: Jackie Stacey

Regional Music Contest

The Region III Solo and Ensemble Music Contest is held in Watertown during early April. All students in band, chorus or orchestra are eligible to participate by performing prepared solos or by performing in ensembles with their peers. The students play for judges and receive a rating of I, II, III or IV based upon the quality of their performance. Award are given for a I or II rating.

Advisors: Jackie Stacey

All-State Orchestra

All-State Orchestra is comprised of approximately 150 of the best high school string and wind players in the state. These musicians have the opportunity to work with some of the best directors in the country. To be eligible for All-State Orchestra, you must be a member of a high school orchestra or band. Students must audition on the selected orchestra music and etudes, along with taking a written term test. Membership is determined by the scores of the performed music and written test. Auditions usually take place on the third Wednesday in October. All-State Orchestra is held annually the first weekend of November, rotating between Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Watertown.

Advisor: Ross Markey


Wire Choir

Wire Choir is a small ensemble of 14-20 members, consisting of string players, pianist and occasionally a set drummer. This group provides entertainment for local service clubs, conventions, holiday festivities, dinner music, etc. Light classical, pop, country, Broadway musicals and holiday music are performed. Members of Wire Choir must be director approved. Rehearsal schedules are set.

Advisor: Ross Markey