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A College-Prep, Independent Day
School for Grades 8-12

Instrumental Music

For those who express themselves through instrumental music, there are many ensembles to join. Their talents are displayed at various performances on campus and in the community, and instrumentalists can also try out for regional and state honors groups.

Concert Band

Directed by Noah Reeves
The 20-30 piece Concert Band is open to all wind, brass, and percussion players with basic knowledge of their instruments. Depending on the repertoire, pianists and guitarists may also participate. The group plays original wind compositions, transcriptions of orchestral repertoire, arrangements of classic rock tunes, movie soundtracks, and show tunes, sometimes teaming up with the Orchestra.


Directed by Noah Reeves
The Orchestra is open to all string players with basic knowledge of their instruments; skilled players occupy the top chairs. Advanced wind and brass players are invited to join them when the repertoire requires. The Band and Orchestra work together on symphonic band repertoire. There is often an opportunity for a keyboardist to participate in the Orchestra on piano or harpsichord.

Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Eddie Mendenhall
Jazz at York is swinging. Ensembles can range from a combo of five players to a big band of 25 or more. The horn positions are open to all students with basic knowledge of their instruments and all instruments are welcome, not just the traditional “jazz” instruments. The rhythm section is crucial to the success of the group; those who play piano, guitar, bass, and drums need to be experienced and are selected by audition.

The Jazz Ensemble is visited several times each year by the Monterey Jazz Festival Clinicians, talented professional artists who sit in with the group and coach the students. Our students are eligible to be chosen for the MJF High School and Middle School Honor Bands, which, incidentally, rehearse in the York School Music Room.

Musica Maiorum

Dedicated to the performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, members of Musica Maiorum utilize the School’s collection of historical instruments, including a harpsichord, several types of recorder, and a small pipe organ. The group is reorganized each year and membership is by invitation or audition. This is an excellent chamber music opportunity for more advanced instrumental students.

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