Awty offers ten instrumental music classes from 6th grade through 12th grade. The band program offers grade level band classes in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade. Students in 6th grade to 8th grade may join the Middle School Honor band that takes advantage of combining several grades together into a large concert band. Our Upper School musicians in grades 9-12 may participate in our Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. As part of our Upper School electives we have two very competitive drum line classes aimed at teaching fundamentals of beginning percussion to advanced levels of drum line performance.
Our bands have been highly competitive for over ten years. Students have won auditions in regional, area, and state-wide concert bands and Jazz Band. Students in our program are encouraged to participate in Solo and Ensemble contests for Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Our band students have consistently won top awards at solo and ensemble contests for over ten years. Members of our band and percussion classes take annual trips to the ISAS Fine Arts Festival and the TAPPS State Instrumental Contest. The Awty Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble consistently compete and earn superior and excellent ratings at our Concert and Sight Reading contests.