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What’s the marching band season like? (late July – October)

  • It’s fun! Students work hard and have a blast doing it. As parents or guardians, the more involved you are, the more fun you have.
  • The marching band is a supportive, close-knit group that promotes teamwork and builds a healthy sense of competition.
  • The Air Academy Marching Band season kicks off with Mini Camp soon after school ends in late May/Early June.
  • Sectionals occur weekly throughout the summer months. Each section gets together to practice, learn the music and some steps!
  • Band Camp takes place 2 weeks before school starts in late July/early August. Learn the new program drill, fine-tune those marching and musical skills.
  • During the School year: the marching band rehearses after school a couple days each week during the marching season.
  • The Thursday after school rehearsals feature a fun dinner break provided by section parents. Come with dinner and stay for the weekly Kadet Krew meeting! 
  • Competitions take place several times throughout the season, frequently on Saturdays. If you’ve never been to a marching band competition, you’re in for a treat!
  • We also perform for our home crowd (the Kadet Krazies!) at halftime of AAHS home football games (usually on Fridays).

What’s the concert band season like? (November – May)

  • After marching season, we switch things up and go into concert band season. Students audition and are placed in either Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.
  • The bands, including Jazz band, compete in local, regional, and state competitions.
  • We perform several concerts at Air Academy – generally a holiday concert and a spring concert.
  • Winter Guard participates in WGI and state competitions.
  • We march in the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade in December.
  • We play for several AAHS home basketball games as part of Pep Band.
  • The band performs at the AAHS Graduation ceremony.
  • Students are encouraged to audition for outside city and state honor bands; participate in individual competitions; and take part in other performance opportunities.