George Washington High School

GWHS Bands


GWHS Bands


Congratulations to the members of the G.W. Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for their outstanding performances at the 2012 District Six Concert Assessment. The Symphonic Band received two Excellent and two Superior ratings resulting in an overall rating of Excellent from the judges. The Wind Ensemble received all Superior Ratings from the judges and Straight A's from the judges for their stage performance. This marks the twenty-second Superior rating for the Wind Ensemble in the past twenty-four years under the direction of Mr. Purvis. Way to go Eagle Bands!



The bands and orchestra of GW provide an opportunity for students who are interested in
music and who have an instrumental background to participate in organized musical activities
throughout the year. The Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and
Symphony Orchestra are open to qualified applicants.

a. Jazz Band (Purvis)

The Jazz Band is a voluntary organization chosen by the band director. It is a very select group made up of
saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm. The group performs at some school concerts, local
engagements, dances and possible competitions.

b. Marching Eagles (Purvis)

The playing unit of the marching band is composed of members of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic
Band. Each member receives a schedule of performances and practices, including afternoon practices,
football games and competition performances. Each member is required to attend all practices and all
performances. Students who complete requirements are eligible for a band letter and awards. The non-
playing unit is composed of two auxiliary units: the flag line and the rifle line. The members of these units
are chosen by audition in the spring of the year. They are subject to the same attendance requirements as
the members of the playing unit. In addition, they can take a colorguard class during the first semester.
This non-credit class will be devoted to additional practice and to execution of marching routines.

c. Symphonic Band (Purvis)

The Symphonic Band is the second performing group in the school and is open to those students who qualify by audition. The band performs at concerts held throughout the school year plus at some competition festivals and also at some local engagements. Out-of-town appearances are scheduled whenever possible. These students also are eligible to compete on an individual basis for all-regional and all-state honors.

d. The Wind Ensemble (Purvis)

The Wind Ensemble is the top wind band performing ensemble at George Washington High School.  It is open to all students by audition only, and performs advanced Wind Ensemble literature.  The Wind Ensemble performs four concerts during the school year and students participate in district ensembles, college honor bands, and the state concert assessment.  Members of the Wind Ensemble must participate in the marching band program unless they are involved in a fall sports activity sponsored by George Washington High School. 


e. Flag Corps, Rifle Team (Purvis)


Sponsors: Mr. Purvis