131 Bakers Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26508

(304) 291-9275

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Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds is the program's top audition-only ensemble for wind players and percussionists that performs advanced concert band repertoire.  The UHS Symphonic Winds is widely considered one of West Virginia's top concert ensembles.

All members also participate in Marching Band.


 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • WVMEA Honor Ensemble: 2000, 2014, 2019

  • Superior (I) Ratings every year since 1993

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo

Jazz Ensemble is an audition-only, traditional big band jazz ensemble consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and a rhythm section.  Students will have the opportunity to perform many different jazz styles.  We also have a smaller Jazz Combo that will be made up from members of the ensemble.  All members also participate in Marching Band.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • WVMEA High School Honor Jazz Ensemble: 2013, 2014, 2015

  • WVMEA's first Honor X-Ensemble: 2016 (Jazz Combo)

  • Performed with jazz trumpeter Sean Jones

  • Performed with jazz composer/arranger Mike Tomaro

  • Superior (I) Ratings every year since 2001

Concert Band

A traditional, full-instrumentation band class that performs literature based on the ability level of the ensemble.  Concert band is open to all wind players and percussionists without audition. 

All members also participate in Marching Band.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • Superior (I) Ratings eighteen times since 2000

Symphony Orchestra

The UHS Symphony Orchestra is an advanced performing ensemble that combines the school’s orchestra and symphonic winds.  Students in this ensemble will study and perform orchestral masterworks from various musical periods and cultures.  This ensemble performs at the combined University High School / Morgantown High School Orchestra Concert in the spring and is only available on a year-by-year basis.
 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • WVMEA Honor Ensemble: 2020

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is one of the school's extracurricular chamber ensembles.  Students of the ensemble learn a variety of music - from classical music to pop music - and play percussion instruments such as marimbas, xylophones, snare and bass drum, timpani, trash cans, buckets, and more!

Students wishing to enroll in Percussion Ensemble must be a member of the band and must get director approval.  The ensemble performs at the "Ghost-Notes!" concert in October and the "Night of Percussion" concert in March.
 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • WVMEA Honor X-Ensemble: 2020

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UHS Color Guard

The Color Guard is an audition-only group that consists of members working with flags, rifles, sabres, and batons.  The guard performs primarily with Marching Band.  Guard members must play an instrument and be enrolled in either Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, or Marching Band OT.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • Several First Place Guard Awards at Preston "Music in the Mountains" TOB Competition 2008 - 2017

  • 2013: First Place Guard at Baldwin (PA) TOB Competition

  • Many UHS Color Guard alums are members of the WVU Marching Band Color Guard.

UHS Hawk Marching Band

A co-curricular ensemble that consists of members of all the curricular ensembles and includes summer band, in-school and after-school rehearsals, and performances.  The Marching band is the most active ensemble at UHS, and is the program's most important public-relations tool.  In order to be eligible to participate in any other UHS ensembles, students must participate in the Marching Band, either by marching in the field show (along with parades), or parade-only if the student plays a fall sport.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • 2008, 2010-2017: First Place Group IV at Preston "Music in the Mountains" TOB Competition

  • 2013: First Place Group IV at Baldwin (PA) TOB Competition

  • 2009: First Place Group IV and overall at Northern Garrett (MD) TOB Competition

  • 2008: Grand Champion of Ritchie County USSBA Competition

  • 2008: Runner-up Grand Champion of WV Oil and Gas Festival Competition

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UHS Marching Percussion

The UHS Marching Percussion ensemble is an audition-only group that consists of the battery (drumline) and front ensemble (keyboard percussion, drumset, synthesizer, and more!).  Members of the Marching Percussion ensemble must be enrolled in either Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, or Marching Band OT.


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ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES:

  • Undefeated in competition since 2008

  • Many UHS Drumline alums are members of the WVU Drumline.