Chris Ewan, director
Other performing ensembles include Concert Band (grades 10-12), Freshman Band, Percussion Ensemble, “Little Cyclone” Marching Band, a pep band, several jazz bands and an orchestra. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a school-sponsored solo and ensemble contest, All-State Music Festival and various honor bands. Students in the band program receive a weekly 45-minute lesson during the school day. Lessons are heterogeneous in grade and instrumentation and range in size from six to 12 students.
Students begin the study of their instruments in the fall of fifth grade. Approximately 200 students begin band each year. The majority of these students attend one of five elementary schools where the band rehearses once a week before school. In addition, these young musicians receive one homogenous group lesson per week.
Ames has one middle school with approximately 325 students in the band program with a band at each grade level. Each band meets every other day and students receive a weekly homogenous group lesson.
Under the direction of Milton Trexel, the Ames High School Band appeared at the IBA conference in 1973. The Symphonic Band participated in the 1997 IBA conference serving as a clinic band for Dan Presgrave, Washington University. The Symphonic Band was the guest high school band at the 2004 Iowa State University Honor Band Festival and the 4A Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band in 2009.