The Coldwater Instrumental Music Department strives for excellence in all areas of its performing ensembles, and stresses the importance of learning and enjoying music as a part of a well rounded education. The Coldwater Band Program maintains a tradition of excellence, consistently earning Superior and Excellent ratings at OMEA Adjudicated events. The Coldwater Band Program is designed to meet all the curricular standards established by the State of Ohio through a variety of classroom, performance, and assessment opportunities

5th Grade Band

The 5th Grade Band is comprised of all eligible 5th grade band students. Students in this ensemble are new on their instrument. Students meet in various small groups once per week, and in full band twice per week.

The 5th Grade Band performs a debut show in November, and then joins the 6-8th Grade Middle School Bands to perform shows throughout the school year.

Middle School Bands (6-8th Grade)

6th Grade Band
The 6th Grade Band is comprised of all eligible 2nd year band students. (First year students may join with director approval.Private lessons, prior to the school year are recommended). Students meet in various small groups once per week, and in full band twice per week. Performances occur in December, March, and May

7th Grade Band
The 7th Grade Band is comprised of all 3rd year band students. The full band meets daily. In addition to the December, March, and May concerts, students in the 7th Grade Band also perform a Pregame and Halftime with the HS Marching Band at a football game. Students in the 7th grade are required to perform at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held in the Spring. Advanced students may be nominated for Honors Band opportunities.

8th Grade Band
The 8th Grade Band is comprised of all 4th year band students. The full band meets daily. In addition to the December, March, and May concerts, students in the 8th Grade Band also perform a Pregame and Halftime with the HS Marching Band at a football game. Students in the 8th grade are encouraged to perform at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held in the Spring. Advanced students may be nominated for Honors Band opportunities.

High School Band(s)

Depending on enrollment, one or two bands may be offered on a yearly basis at the HS.

The HS Symphonic Band is the foundation for all ensembles at the HS level. Successful participation in MS Band or Director approval is a prerequisite for HS Band. When two bands are offered, students will be placed into an ensemble based on ability (demonstrated in an audition), experience, and director evaluation. The HS Symphonic Band performs multiple times throughout the school year including the District OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event. Students in this ensemble are encouraged and expected to participate in Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event and Honors Ensembles.

High School Marching Band

The Coldwater Cavalier Marching Band represents the Pride and Excellence of Coldwater Ohio weekly during High School Football Games.

Pep Band

The pep band, composed of volunteers from the high school bands listed above, provides spirited support for Coldwater Athletics including boys and girls basketball.

Cavalier Steel

With our newest group, Cavalier Steel, students have the opportunity to play in a steelpan ensemble. Students can choose play steelpan, electric bass, drumset, or engine room (rhythm section).