The Pelham High School Marching Band is the most visible performance group at Pelham High School and has a history of excellence through performance. The marching band performs at all football games, at least four marching competitions, as well as various pep rallies and community/school events. The 2018 Competition Show is entitled ASCEND. All members of the band program participate in the marching band and its corresponding rehearsals and performances. The marching band consists of all wind players (woodwind & brass), percussionists, and members of the Visual Ensemble. All members of the marching band participate in mini-camp, band camp, and weekly afternoon rehearsals. The Marching Band rehearses after school on Monday (3:30-6:00), Tuesday (7:00-9:00), and Thursday (3:30-5:00). The Pelham High School Marching Band is an active participant in Bands of America and Music For All. In only their second year of participation (2017), the Pelham High School Marching Band received Best in Class Regional Award and two Caption Awards (Outstanding Music & General Effect). Most recently in 2018, the Pelham Marching Band was named a Regional Finalist (Top 10) and earned a Superior Rating at the Bands of America Alabama Regional. The marching band is a consistent Best in Class and Grand Champion band at local competitions. The Pelham High School Marching Band will provide a means for uniting members of the Pelham High School band Program from the 9th through 12th Grades. The marching band's focus is to provide entertainment, school spirit and a "state of the art" contemporary program while teaching students concepts in leadership, responsibility and music education.
The Pelham Wind Ensemble, the premier performance group at Pelham High School, has performed at numerous state and regional conferences and competitions including the Music for All National Festival, Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic (SEUS), Grand National Adjudicators Invitational, The Atlanta International Band & Orchestra Conference, Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference and the Alabama Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (1990, 1994, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2018). Under the direction of Justin P. Ward, the Pelham Wind Ensemble has been invited and performed as a featured ensemble at the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic (2015), The University of Alabama Honor Band Festival (2016), the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational (2017), the UAB Concert Band Invitational (2017), the Alabama Music Educator's Association In-Service Conference (2018), and will perform at the Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival (2019). Membership in the Wind Ensemble is determined by audition that is conducted during the previous school year. All members will also audition twice during the school year (August & January) for chair placement.
The Pelham Symphonic Band is the second concert ensemble at Pelham High School and consists of instrumentalists of varying grades (9-12) who rehearse during the day as well as after school rehearsals/sectionals during the spring semester. The group performs at least 4 concerts a year in addition to the Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The Pelham Symphonic Band was invited and performed at the 2017 UAB Concert Band Invitational. Membership in the Symphonic Band is determined by audition that is conducted during the previous school year. All members will also audition twice during the school year (August & January) for chair placement.
There are two Pelham Jazz Ensembles which are composed of instrumentalists of varying grades (9-12) who wish to participate in a performance based group that focuses on the jazz genre and the corresponding sub genres of jazz. The groups perform at 3-4 concerts a year, the Pelham Tree Lighting, regional competitions, as well as other community and school events. The Pelham Jazz Ensembles perform a wide variety of music that passes through the genre and sub genres of jazz. The Pelham Jazz Ensembles also consist of several smaller Jazz Combos that perform throughout the school and community. Placement auditions for the Pelham Jazz Ensembles take place during the Fall Semester.
The Pelham Visual Ensemble is comprised of the the Color Guard, Dance Team, and Majorettes. These teams are auditioned based and composed of students of varying grades (9-12) who wish to rehearse and perform in the Visual Component of the Pelham Band Program. The group attends mini-camp, choreography camps, band camp, all weekly after school rehearsals, as well as additional rehearsals relative to the winter component of these programs. The Visual Ensemble performs at all pep rallies, football games, local, regional, and national competitions, as well as various performances as scheduled by the Visual Ensemble Instructors.