The ACA band is a group who strives for excellence in music, performance, and Christian character. ACA band staff aims to provide a unique experience in order to uplift and push our students to be the best they can be. It is a goal that requires hours of work, motivation, and camaraderie. More information regarding all bands at Alabama Christian Academy, including the award-winning ACA Marching Eagle Band and Colorguard, can be found at www.acamusic.org.
MARCHING EAGLE BAND
The ACA Marching Eagle Band is an award-winning marching band that travels and competes throughout the state of Alabama. The Marching Eagle Band is one of the largest and most closely-knit organizations at Alabama Christian Academy. This group is comprised of young musicians and color guard members that develop and perform a field show for competition. These students share a passion for performing and strive for excellence. ACA's Marching Band is made up of 8th-12th graders who have met the playing requirements to be in Advanced Band Class. The current requirement for Marching Band is that students can demonstrate mastery of the skills learned in Beginning & Intermediate Band. In addition, students must demonstrate the ability to perform all 12 major scales.
Advanced Band is also referred to as Marching Band (marching season) or Symphonic Band (concert season). Due to the difficulty of music played in Advanced Band, it's crucial that students can thoroughly demonstrate the concepts previously learned in Beginning and Intermediate Band.
The Intermediate Band is comprised of both middle school and high school students who have completed their first year of band, but have not yet met the playing requirements for the Advanced Band.
The Beginning Band is for players who have never played a band instrument. Students will have the opportunity to choose and learn a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.
Advanced Band students may elect to audition for the ACA Jazz Band. Students will learn how to interact and perform through jazz literature. They will also learn the foundations of improvisation and jazz theory. The entire Jazz Band will begin rehearsing after school in the weeks following marching band season.
Membership in the ACA Percussion Ensemble is required for all Advanced Band percussionists. Wind players may also participate in Percussion Ensemble if interested for certain performances. Being in the Percussion Ensemble allows students to dig deeper into the fundamentals of a variety of percussion instruments and musical styles that are normally not covered in Advanced Band. Additional after school rehearsals are usually held in order to prepare for concerts & competitions. The percussion ensemble is taught by Andy Martin, ACA’s percussion instructor.