There are four performing ensembles at Franklin High. Students are enrolled in a course for each ensemble. Students study instrumental fundamentals, ensemble skills, interpretation, music listening, all while preparing high-quality, ability-appropriate literature. Students are encouraged to study privately. They are also strongly encouraged to pursue many individual opportunities, including Mid-State and All-State bands, among others. Students interested in band should consult a band director to identify the course that best suits their experience level. Course placement is determined by the band directors. Wind and percussion Marching Band participation requires enrollment in a band course.
Concert Band: The first performing ensemble in the Franklin Band program is Concert Band. Members consist of woodwind and brass instrumentalists. Concert Band members join with percussionists enrolled in Percussion for all performances.
Symphonic Band: The second performing ensemble in the Franklin Band program is Symphonic Band. Members consist of woodwind and brass instrumentalists. Symphonic Band members join with percussionists enrolled in Percussion for all performances. An audition is required for entry into this ensemble.
Wind Ensemble: The Franklin Wind Ensemble is composed of the most advanced wind and percussion students at Franklin High. This is an Honors-level course. Members consist of woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. An audition is required for entry into this ensemble. Students who participate in Wind Ensemble are also required to participate in Mid-State Auditions.
Percussion: The fourth course offering In the Franklin Band program is Percussion. Members consist of percussion instrumentalists.
Percussion members join with Concert Band and/or Symphonic Band for all performances. No audition is required for participation in the Percussion Ensemble.