Glossary of Terms
Away Game – A sports event held at the location of the competing team (contrast to Home Game)
Band Camp – a mandatory, two-week long training camp for the Marching Band program which takes place prior to start of school in the fall and consists of basic training, marching fundamentals, drill performances, uniform fitting, and group building in preparation for the upcoming competitive season.
Battery – or Batterie, see “Drumline”
CG or Color Guard – a section of Marching Band that interprets the music played by the marching band or drum corps via synchronized dance of flags, sabres, rifles, and other relevant props.
Chevrons – program kudos bestowed on a student who is in an approved leadership position.
CIF – California Interscholastic Federation. The governing body for high school (public and private) sports in the state of California. CIF comprises of 10 administrative sections which are designated regions across the state. (Ref https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Interscholastic_Federation)
“Comp” – vernacular for competition
Drumline – the section of Marching Band that performs with snares, tenors, and bass drums. Also known as “Battery” or “Batterie.”
Golden Ticket – program kudos bestowed on a student who has achieved the following: a) completed 4 years of Classroom Music, b) attended all performances unless excused by the Director, and c) has no major disciplinary action on record.
IP or Indoor Percussion (aka Winter Drumline) – consists of the Drumline (or Battery) and Pit (or Front Ensemble/Frontline) sections of Marching Band which are formed following the end of marching season and typically perform in an indoor arena.
Hall of Fame – highest level of program kudos bestowed on a student who has achieved the following: a) completed 4 years of Classroom Music, 4 years of Marching Band/Color Guard, and 4 years of Winter Program; b) attended all performances unless excused by the Director; c) has no major disciplinary action on record; and d) served as a positive role model for the program.
JB or Jazz Band – is an elite group of musicians wishing to gain experience in musical idioms based on the “Jazz Tradition,” which include Early Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Modal Jazz, Blues, Fusion, and Funk.
Letters – program kudos bestowed on a student who has achieved the following: a) participated in Marching Band for 2 consecutive years, or 3 consecutive years in Classroom Music; b) attended all performances unless excused by the Director; c) has no major disciplinary action on record.
LHHS – Laguna Hills High School
MB or Marching Band – includes all marching instrumental musicians and Color Guard. Marching Band is the most visible component of the Instrumental Music Program at Laguna Hills High School. This program is open to all students who are interested in participating in marching band. Marching Band performs in competition, at home football games, and at selected other community and school events.
OR or Orchestra – comprises musicians who play the violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, and harp. Students are taught the fundamentals of proper string technique, music reading, music history, and music theory.
Pit – the Frontline or Front Ensemble section of Marching Band. Instruments in Pit usually consist of mallet instruments (marimba, vibraphone, bells, and xylophone), keyboard percussion, timpani, cymbals, gongs, and drum kits.
SB or Symphonic Band – comprises accomplished musicians with advanced skill who play moderate to difficult music. Rehearsals stress preparation of concert music, fundamentals of proper wind and percussion technique, music reading, music history, and music theory.
WBA – Western Band Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes high school music education and organizes many marching band competitions for high schools in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Its championships event is considered to be the second-largest single marching contest in the country. (Ref https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Band_Association)
WE or Wind Ensemble – an elite group of wind and percussion players that perform the most advanced and challenging compositions. The course is designed to continue the development in all areas of musical performance and understanding which were introduced in Symphonic Band.
WG – Winter Guard is a facet of Color Guard assembled after marching band season and performs in an indoor arena using recorded music rather than a live band or musical accompaniment.