Studying Fine Arts promotes positive development in the academic, social and emotional realms. Adding arts to a comprehensive educational program makes us most human, most complete as people.
From music fundamentals to advanced music, the bands at Indian Creek work to develop the entire musician for a life-long approach to instrumental music. Indian Creek High School has two bands during the School day. Concert (Beginning and Intermediate) Band is open to students in grades 9-12, and Symphonic (Advanced) Band is open to students in grades 10-12. Both bands rehearse as a class for credit during the school day, and perform a Fall, Winter, Spring, and ISSMA Concert throughout the year.
Students learn musicianship through repertoire, performing music from classic band literature, to jazz, to contemporary music from composers. In the Indiana State Music Association, Concert Band performs for adjudication in Group III, and Symphonic Band performs for adjudication in Group II or I.
Both bands consistently earn Gold Ratings in both their stage performance and in Sight Reading. Many of our Band Students audition into honor bands throughout the year, with students selected to perform at the Indiana Music Education Association State Honor Band, Ball State University Honor Band, Indiana State University All-Star Honor Band, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.
The Marching Braves
The Indian Creek Marching Braves focus on leadership, excellence, movement, and musicianship. The Marching Braves are open to any student in grades 8-12, and meet as a group outside of the school day. Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Color Guard all work together to create a show for the field! The Marching Braves perform at home football games, parades, and in ISSMA Competition, where they are a two-time ISSMA Class C Semi-State Finalist, and a two-time ISSMA Scholastic B State Finalist.
The Indian Creek Winterguard is an extracurricular group that combines dance, musicality, and equipment work in a gymnasium. Using the same equipment as Fall Color Guard, the Winterguard uses Flag, Sabre, and Rifles to spin and perform to recorded music. While many of our guard members are also musicians in the concert band program, students who are not enrolled in the band are invited and encouraged to be a part of the Guard program.
United Sound is a national organization that provides musical performance experiences to students with special needs through peer mentorship. This amazing group builds leadership and fosters positive relationships for all students, and gives every child a chance to be a part of the band! The Indian Creek chapter of United Sound was the first High School Band Chapter in the state of Indiana, and our students have performed at Clowes Memorial Hall for the National Concert Band Festival, Lucas Oil Stadium with Drum Corp International and Bands of America, and with the Franklin College Band. Indian Creek United Sound has performed with the Michigan State University Marching Band, the University of Alabama Marching Band, and the Jacksonville State University Marching Band.
Supporting our school community is important to us, and we love the chance to do so during the basketball season. The Indian Creek Pep Band performs at Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games at the High School. This group plays a wide variety of rock, pop, and jazz music from different eras, and is an extracurricular activity open to all band students in grades 7-12.
The ICHS Jazz Band meets as a club during high school IRP time. This group is open to all high school band members in grades 9-12, and we learn and perform jazz repertoire, jazz style, and some rock and pop music as well! ICHS Jazz Band performs at the Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts.
The ICHS Percussion Ensemble meets as a club during high school IRP time. This group is open to all high school band members in grades 9-12, and we welcome non-percussionists in the group to learn a second instrument! This group learns a wide variety of music and percussive techniques, and they perform at the Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts. In 2020, the percussion ensemble achieved a Gold rating at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest, a first for ICHS.
Solo and Ensemble
Indian Creek Band Members participate in great numbers at the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Some perform solos, trios, quartets, or in larger groups like the Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Choir, and Woodwind Quintet. Many of these ensembles and solos advanced to the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble level each year.
AP Music Theory
AP Music Theory is a course offering at ICHS that prepares students in band, choir, and music with advanced Theory and Composition work. Students can take the AP Test in the spring, which can assist with college credit, or placement in theory classes at the college level.
Indian Creek Band Boosters
The Indian Creek Band Boosters is a volunteer parent organization that provides monetary and manpower support to all the Indian Creek Bands including ICMS and ICHS Concert Bands, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Soloists, and Ensembles. Our parents work so hard to help to provide music, transportation, contest fees, and any assistance that each band at the High School and Middle School might need throughout the year.
CHOIR AND THEATER
DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL ARTS
The Dramatic and Musical Arts extracurricular program is growing and striving for performance excellence. Students rehearse after school to prepare a fall musical and spring play production to perform for the community.
All students grades 9-12 are encouraged and invited to audition and participate. Students also actively participate in the construction and development of props and scenery for the production. Some students have the opportunity to learn and work in the lighting & sound booth to develop skills on the technical side of theatre.
Previous productions include James & the Giant Peach, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Bold, the Young and the Murdered. Each production is different in challenging the students in a variety of ways to encourage post-graduation participation in theatre.
Chamber Ensemble is a beginner choral ensemble open to all grades 9-12. The students are rigorously learning music literacy via theory comprehension, musical structure, rhythmic sight-reading, as well as Moveable Do based solfege sight reading in both melodic and harmonic formats. Students perform at a variety of locations throughout the year to showcase their abilities, talents, and love of music which include the Mistletoe Music Festival at the Arts Garden in downtown Indianapolis and most recently at The Appleworks in Trafalgar.
The Rhythmaires is a mixed male and female show choir that competes at Indiana State School Music Association show choir competitions each spring. These students are building on a previously developed strong foundation of music literacy which enables them to perform more complex music in 6-8 divisi parts. Continuously progressing in complexity these students are rigorously learning music literacy via theory comprehension, musical structure, rhythmic sight-reading, as well as Moveable Do based solfege sight reading in both melodic and harmonic formats. Students prepare musical literature from classical, jazz, contemporary, a capella, foreign language-based, and spiritual songs for performances throughout the year. Performance locations vary including the Holiday Tree Lighting in Franklin, Indiana, The Appleworks, sporting events, etc.
The Jazzettes is a new all-female show choir that competes at Indiana State School Music Association show choir competitions each spring. These students are building on a previously developed strong foundation of music literacy which enables them to perform more complex music in 3-6 divisi parts. Continuously progressing in complexity these students are rigorously learning music literacy via theory comprehension, musical structure, rhythmic sight-reading, as well as Moveable Do based solfege sight reading in both melodic and harmonic formats. Students prepare musical literature from classical, jazz, contemporary, a capella, foreign language-based, and spiritual songs for performances throughout the year. Performance locations vary including Music at the Creek, The Appleworks, Santa’s Workshop in Sweetwater, sporting events, etc.
Solo and Ensemble
All choral members are encouraged to participate in the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions each winter. Students participate in a variety of competitive levels ranging from III to I receiving gold and silver rankings against a rigorous rubric evaluated by professional musicians and vocalists. Some perform solos, trios, barbershop quartets, small and large ensembles. A majority of students participating in Group I qualify for state competition. Solo & Ensemble is a great evaluative tool to give students valuable feedback on vocal performance and technique which enhances their technique in future performances and encourages an ever-growing mindset of improvement.
The Madrigal Singers is a new ICHS club that meets during IRPs throughout the year. The club's focus is on renaissance-based pieces with tight harmonies and fun, playful rhythms. Oftentimes performances feature live musicians on guitar, drum, or flute. The Madrigal Singers performed at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble and received a silver rating in group I. The Madrigal Singers also put on a yearly dinner performance in December for the public to attend featuring a home-cooked meal and a night of music in costumes!
Musical Theatre is a course offered to all ICHS students grade 9-12 where all types of students are introduced to the historical development and significance of musical theatre across the globe. An introduction to character development through a variety of mainstream projects encourages each and every actor or actress to learn the skills of method acting. Stage terminology and stage directions are learned and developed through a variety of class dramatic activities, monologues, and scenes. All students design, develop and create props or scenery for the fall musical, as well as participate in some capacity in the performance either on the stage, with the lights and sound, or with stage management. Upon completion of the course, students have a greater appreciation for the art and skill of acting as well as embody the talent to perform on stage in the future.
Applied Music-Piano and Electronic Keyboard
Applied Music in Piano & Electronic Keyboard is a course offered to all ICHS students grade 9-12 where students are introduced to the electronic keyboard with the goal to learn to operate and play the instrument with proper posture, finger placement, and technique. Students will learn to read music via sight-reading and applying the appropriate rhythmic structure to the notes played. Students will learn all major scales including the I chord inversions. Students will perform a variety of music ranging from classical, jazz, folk, and contemporary pieces. Students will learn to evaluate and listen to music to assess musical qualities of performance techniques. Students will learn basic music theory as well as how to read chord progressions on a lead sheet. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to read piano music and be able to self educate on how to properly play a piece.