Band

Middle School Band

Middle School Band begins in the fifth grade and is the first exposure to instrumental music for students at Fort Worth Country Day. Students have the opportunity to learn traditional band instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, percussion, and tuba), plus several nontraditional instruments like the guitar, bass guitar, and piano. The goal of the middle school band program is to create excitement for learning a new instrument, a level of individual musicianship with regard to reading notes and rhythms, and fundamentals of performance. The band students participate in three to four concerts per year depending on their grade, in addition to a solo and ensemble contest, and an optional honor band audition. The pace of class is such that all students can participate, regardless of their level of practice or commitment, while giving the more advanced students ample opportunity for growth.

Upper School Band

The jazz combo is a select group of 4-8 musicians. Membership for the Jazz Combo is by audition and director selection.  As a rule, the instrumentation for Jazz Combo will closely follow a traditional small jazz ensemble set-up. The group will include drum set, piano, bass, guitar and two or three wind instruments (saxophone, trumpet, and trombone). During the course of the year, the students involved in the combo work to improve their understanding of various styles of small group jazz and consistent growth as creative improvisers will be expected.  The jazz combo performs on all of the concerts with the large jazz ensemble.  It is recommended students also enroll in the Rock History or Music Theory course. 

Upper School Jazz Combo

The jazz combo is a select group of 4-8 musicians. Membership for the Jazz Combo is by audition and director selection.  As a rule, the instrumentation for Jazz Combo will closely follow a traditional small jazz ensemble set-up. The group will include drum set, piano, bass, guitar and two or three wind instruments (saxophone, trumpet, and trombone). During the course of the year the students involved in the combo work to improve their understanding of various styles of small group jazz and consistent growth as creative improvisers will be expected.  The jazz combo performs on all of the concerts with the large jazz ensemble.  It is recommended students also enroll in the Rock History or Music Theory course. 

Band Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Dr. Chuck Kraus 

    US Music
    817-732-7718
    University of North Texas - Doctor of Education
    University of North Texas - Master of Education
    University of North Texas - BS Music
  • Mr. Jonathan Hinton 

    Director of MIddle School Band
    Southern Methodist University - Master of Music
    University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelor of Music
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.