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Students studying a musical instrument are required to participate in an ensemble. Ensembles are offered from beginner to advanced and offer a variety of styles.
The following Ensembles are available for students to join:

Wind Ensemble – 7:25am – 8:30am Tuesday

This will be another choice for those learning woodwind, brass and percussion. New to the school in 2015 due to the growth in our program, this is our beginner Concert Band. This is a band for students wanting to experience the concert band ensemble but are still learning their instrument.

Jazz Band – 2:55pm – 4:00pm Tuesday

Jazz Band is a beginner ensemble for students who are still in the early stages of learning their instrument. This is a group for students who would like to be extended on their instrument and enjoy the chance to play a wider variety of music including popular and swing styles.

Southport Singers – 7.25am – 8:30am Wednesday

Newly formed in 2018, Singers comprises of students who love singing and would like further choral experience in addition to their involvement with Choir. Singers is auditioned by attendance only – those who show up are welcome.

String Orchestra 2 – 7:25am – 8:30am Wednesday

Students are welcomed to the strings program at Southport State High School as a member of String Orchestra 2. Our ‘junior’ string orchestra, this group is an exciting chance for young string players to find or develop a love for ensemble playing and refine their music making skills. All violin, viola, cello and double bass players are welcome to experience and contribute to this ensemble.

String Orchestra 1 – 2:55pm – 4:00pm Wednesday

String Orchestra 1 is our advanced string ensemble, which extends the most elite players at Southport State High School. This program provides a fantastic opportunity for students demonstrating excellence in violin, viola, cello or double bass to develop their chamber music and orchestral skills. Students are challenged musically and technically, encouraged to develop a love for ensemble playing and are guided to become self-sufficient and collaborative musicians.

Stage Band – 7:25am – 8:30am Thursday

Students playing alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drumkit, piano, guitar and electric bass can join the Stage Band, which plays a variety of swing, rock, modern day and Latin styles.

Concert Band – 2:55pm – 4:00pm Thursday

Students studying woodwind, brass and percussion instruments can join a concert band that suits their ability level. This is the group playing the most senior music in this format.

Choir – 7:25am – 8:30am Friday

Formed in 2014, Choir is auditioned by attendance – those who show up are welcome. Any student that enjoys to sing is welcome to join. This group sings a wide variety of repertoire! Choir is a great opportunity for students to find their voice in a safe and fun environment. In addition, we welcome all those who think they can’t sing to come learn how.

Small ensembles, quartets and trios

Small chamber ensembles such as saxophone ensemble, string quartets and flute trios are formed for advanced Instrumental Music students, giving them the opportunity to develop their ensemble skills and experience beyond their involvement in the larger instrumental ensembles. The types of small ensembles offered changes from year to year, depending on student ability and instrument groupings.​