In general, incoming ninth graders will enter the band program into Concert Band. This will enable students coming from a variety of middle school band program structures to come into the fold with their school-aged peers for a foundational experience in the Southwest Band program. This ensemble has been designed to build a solid foundation of ensemble and individual skills based upon the standards and ethos of Southwest HS as well as to allow students to feel a sense of community and belonging to the Southwest Band program. No audition will be required for students, but they must have at least two years of playing experience on their instrument (or demonstrate the requisite skills in an audition) to join this ensemble. Through increased collaboration and communication with the middle level band directors, the curriculum for Concert Band will be a logical extension of the middle school band experience.