Band Final Exam Information


The band final exam is in two parts. All students will take the final exam with the exception of Seniors who are exempt.

Part 1: Playing – Either perform at Graduation with the band OR play the following six major scales: Bb, Eb, F, Ab, Db, B, E. These are YOUR key, not transposed

Part 2: Written – You will have fifty terms you need to study. These terms are taken from the music we have played this year.

WIND ENSEMBLE ONLY: You will also need to complete a Circle of Fifths from memory with the correct number of sharps and flats next to the note name. I’ve attached a copy of the circle of fifths you need to memorize. It is simply a matter of learning the order clockwise and the sharps and flats are in order.

To study the terms, I’ve made a study guide on Quizlet. Join the class by clicking this link:



Seniors: Thursday 6/8 Symphonic Band, Friday 6/9 Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, 6/13: 6/14: 9th Grade Woodwinds

Wednesday:  9th Grade Brass & Percussion, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

Thursday: 6/15: Wind Ensemble

Friday; 6/16: Graduation

Spring Band Concert

Join the Great Bridge High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble June 1st at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for our Spring Band Concert! The ensembles will perform:


Symphonic Band
Instant Concert
Baba Yetu
Highlights from Star Wars: Rogue One

Wind Ensemble
Phantom of the Opera
Rhapsody for Flute
Variations on the “Carnival of Venice”
Lightning Field

Chesapeake Middle School Band Clinic

Great Bridge High School will host the first annual Chesapeake Middle School Band Clinic! This year’s adjudicators include Mr. Kelly Dee, Mr. Joe Kasmark and Hal Leonard composer Mr. Richard Saucedo. The concert begins at 6:00 PM and features Greenbrier, Great Bridge and Hickory Middle School’s Eighth Grade Bands.

Richard Saucedo is currently Director of Bands, Emeritus after retiring from the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz and marching band. The CHS Wind Symphony performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999 and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band in 2013. The group also performed at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named National Champions in 2005 and 2012. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99, and the Indiana Music Educators Association named him the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Indiana for 2010.  HALFTIME, SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA, and BRASSWIND/WOODWIND magazines have highlighted his accomplishments in recent articles. Mr. Saucedo was inducted into Music for All’s Hall of Fame in March 2015.

Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band and orchestral works, as well as many choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff of Hal Leonard Corporation. His concert band works have been performed all over the world by middle school and high school bands, as well as by college and university groups. His most recent work for orchestra, “Essay #1 for Orchestra,” was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Saucedo has received commissions from all parts of the United States and Japan, and in the near future will be releasing numerous works for university, high school and middle school bands and orchestras. He is the author of two DVDs entitiled “Dynamic Music,” on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section. He is also featured in two DVDs on concert band rehearsal techniques, available from Dynamic Music/Marching.

Mr. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra. He will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15 different states during the 2014-15 school year. He was an adjudicator/clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival in July 2014. He has been a featured clinician at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the annual convention of the Texas Music Educators Association, and numerous other state MEA conventions. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and as a music judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) for many years. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000-2008; the Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times during his tenure. He is currently music coordinator as well as brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is an educational consultant for Music for All, as well as for Bands of America. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America Marching Band Competitions.

Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington, and finished his master’s degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is married to his wife Sarah and is most proud of his daughter Carmen, who is about to begin her teaching career after studying elementary ed at Ball State University. His son Ethan is in second grade and loves music and basketball.

VBODA District Band Assessment – THANK YOU

Thank you to the parents, students, and directors of the VBODA District IV Bands for a wonderful weekend of music making at Great Bridge High School! Both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble gave fantastic performances and received Excellent Ratings from the panel of adjudicators.

Because we did not receive a Superior Rating, the GBHS Band is not a State Honor Band for the year, but every member of the program should be proud for their hard work and preparation for this year’s band assessment. Thank you to all!