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Information for new members

Joining the Band program at Granite Bay is a decision you shouldn't take lightly. However, if you do choose to be part of our team you are in for an incredible experience. Here's what you can look forward to:

Learning about music and being a great performer

Making life long friends

Being part of a hard working team of champions


The band program at GBHS is of the highest caliber and has earned the distinction as one of the best bands in Northern California .  The Marching Band and Color Guard have competed several years with an undefeated NCBA season and have been the WBA CHAMPIONS in our division.  The Emerald Brigade consistently earns top scores in all aspects of competition.   The Concert Band has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  In addition to performing with the Emerald Brigade, the students are still able to accomplish great things.


GBHS Band students have:

  • Average GPA: 3.77

  • 24 people have a GPA over 4.0

  • 65 people have a GPA over 3.5

  • 56 people reported taking at least one Honors or AP course

  • Of those 56 people, the average number of honors and AP courses taken is 4.88 with a low of one and a high of fifteen.


Cheat Sheet for Freshman Classes

It is sometimes confusing to sign up for classes as a freshman, so here is a little primer.

4x4 block schedule means you schedule 4 classes each semester

8 classes per year

10 classes if you are in band since Marching Band is zero period


When you fill out your class request for your freshman year it should look like this:

Percussion Ensemble  OR Wind/Brass Ensemble OR ColorGuard  (Fall classes)

English 9 – required, one semester

PE 9 - required, one semester

Health and Safety- required, one semester

Marching Band (zero period Fall)

Band (zero period Spring)

Symphonic Band (Spring freshman year only unless you audition and make jazz band)

Three Classes to fill as you need

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