The Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department provides 5th -12th grade students the opportunity to develop and express their God-given gifts and talents through instrumental music. We believe that students should enhance their individual potential to understand music as an art form, promote the use of music as a form of self-expression, value music as an aesthetic experience, and use music as an inspiring form of worship.
Symphonic Band is comprised mainly of 9-12th graders, and is open to auditions. The Symphonic band members participate in marching band, Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Solo & Ensemble and Concert Assessments, Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) Fine Arts Competition, school concerts, drama department musical productions, and many community events each year. Students learn and perform high quality, varied styles of music in concert settings. The Symphonic Band is a four-time 1st place winner in the state at FACCS, and has earned 2nd place twice. They have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at FBA Concert Music Performance Assessment each year. The RBCS Symphonic Band has traveled to Orlando to participate in Disney Magic Music Days, and performed in the Drama Department's performance of the musical Bye, Bye, Birdie. The Symphonic Band performs in many community events each year, such as National Day of Prayer and Pastor Appreciation Day. They have been involved in welcoming home World War II Veterans at Northwest Florida's sponsored Honor Flight.
Open to all 6th-8th graders, the RBCS Concert Band is a group of talented young musicians who wish to continue their instrumental music education. They participate in Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Concert Music Performance Assessment and Solo & Ensemble, school concerts, and Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Junior Fine Arts Competition each year. After two years in a band program, students have the option of marching with our Marching Knights.
Open to all 8th-12th grade students, RBCS Marching Knights is comprised of all members of the Symphonic Band, and select members of the Concert Band. The Knights perform on the field and in the stands at football games, community events and parades. Marching season starts in late July, where students learn a full field show, from memorizing music to learning synchronizing movements on the field. In 2010, the Marching Knights have received many accolades and awards including 1st place at the Little Big Horn Marching Competition in Opp, Alabama; Superior ratings at Daleville High School Band Competition, and Excellent ratings at the District FBA Assessment. The Knights have traveled to many competitions and won many awards, including a 1st place award winning performance at the Cotton Bowl.
The RBCS Jazz Band is open to auditions for anyone in 8th grade or above. The Jazz band performs advanced music of various styles throughout the year in many school and community events. They perform in the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Jazz Music Performance Assessment, and local events such as Orange Fest, Saturday in the Park, and Rocky's Fall Festival each year.
Beginning band is a class offered to 5th and 6th graders who wish to learn a wind or percussion instrument. A students' first introduction to instrumental arts is vital for learning proper technique, quality sound production, and performance etiquette, and music enjoyment. Please contact the Band Director for more information.