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Bands

The application for the 2024–25 academic year is live. Apply Now!

Meet the Director of Bands, Eleanor Núñez

Eleanor Núñez is a Spanish-American conductor, pianist, and educator currently based in Southern California. She had her international debut in August 2022 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción in Asunción, Paraguay, where she conducted Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor by F. Chopin with soloist Chiara D’Odorico as well as the debut of Symphony No. I by the prolific composer Daniel Luzko.

Eleanor programs unique concerts that bridge the gap between the audience and musicians on stage. Her belief that music should be accessible to all shines through her creative repertoire programming, enthusiastic rehearsals, and inviting concert environment. Musically, Eleanor loves exploring “the classics” and pairing them with new, modern works. Her conducting experience spans orchestral, wind ensemble, and choral repertoires since she enjoys working with musical groups of all disciplines and genres.

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Ensembles

Concert Band

The Concert Band is an ensemble designed for middle and high school wind and percussion students who demonstrate playing ability at the intermediate level. No previous band experience is required. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills.

Age Requirement
11–18 years

Schedule
Saturdays, 4:15–6:45 pm

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is intended for high school intermediate through advanced level wind and percussion students. Repertoire includes original and arranged works for winds. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills, as well.

Age Requirement
13–18 years

Schedule
Saturdays, 1:30–4 pm

All ensembles meet for 16 weeks each semester.

Audition Information

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024–25 academic year. Apply below!

Audition Requirements
Live auditions for the 2024–25 academic year will take place this summer. Audition details will be emailed to all applicants soon. Please see the audition requirements below:

  • Excerpt for your instrument – excerpts will be emailed to applicants.
  • Full range chromatic scale
  • F, B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat Major in as many octaves as you can play

If you have any audition-related questions, please contact the Band Coordinator, Arnulfo Reyes, at areyes@colburnschool.edu.

Minimum Age Requirements
Concert Band: 6th grade (some age exceptions made)
Wind Ensemble: 9th grade (some age exceptions made)