Yellow Jacket Marching Band

The Taylor High School Marching Yellow Jackets perform at many different events, including: band competitions, all home football games, various away games, community parades, and more. The marching band currently competes in MSBA (Mid-States Band Association) competitions. The purpose of the group is to provide high-energy/quality entertainment at football games/community functions and to perform at a high level at band competitions. Students in the marching band will learn leadership skills, how to work as a team, how to attain goals, continue to progress on their primary instruments, and many more lessons that are valuable throughout the course of their lives.


This is an audition based ensemble.  Please see your band director for information.

In 2018, members of the marching band will be eligible to participate in the trip to NYC during spring break. 

Marching band is part of the band program at Taylor High School. A marching band member is required to be at a band camp, rehearsals, and all performances. This course counts as 1 PE Credit.

 Mid States Band Association Finals Qualification: 2013, 2017
 Mid States Band Association Finals Placements: 5th, 8th
OMEA State Qualifying Years (Rating of Superior): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Taylor High School Symphonic Band

The Taylor High School Symphonic Band is a 9-12 wind ensemble. The group performs at school concerts, music festivals, community functions, and more. The band performs a wide-variety of music, ranging from different styles and different time periods of composition. Students are placed in a "chair" through an audition process and have opportunities throughout the year to challenge up a chair to progress in the band. Students are graded on a weekly participation grade, playing tests, and written assessments. All performances are mandatory. Every section of band participates in pep band and OMEA Solo and Ensemble competition. 

There are three different sections of band offered within the same ensemble:

  • Concert Band- Entry level section for students not involved in marching band. 
  • College Prep Band- Students who are involved in band and marching band.
  • Honors Band- All previous criteria, varsity marching band, additional assignments per semester. This section is a weighted honors course. 
The Taylor High School Symphonic Band qualified for OMEA State Contest for the first time in over 15 years in 2017 after earning a 'Superior' rating at OMEA District Contest. 


Jazz Band

The jazz band rehearses daily in a separate bell period from regular band. The jazz band performs jazz music by big band/standard composers from multiple eras, including sub-genres of jazz: swing, big band, latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, and more. Students in jazz band will also learn the history of jazz, how to improvise, and gain knowledge about jazz theory. The jazz band performs at school functions, music festivals, and more. All wind players/drummers must also be enrolled in band in order to participate in jazz band. Rhythm section players (bass, guitar, piano) are exempt from enrolling in band. This group is highly regarded, with members being selected for the District 14 Honors Jazz Band.



Pep Band

The pep band performs at multiple venues, but primarily at the THS Men's Basketball Games. This high-energy ensemble performs hits from every decade, including artists like: Queen, Demi Lovato, Twisted Sister, and Portugal, The Man! This group can also perform at community pep rallies, woman's basketball games, and other events. You must registered in band to be in pep band. Pep band is required for all high school band members, but middle students may participate for extra credit. 

Guard-The SPORT of the Arts!

The Taylor High School Color Guard works in direct correlation with the Taylor Marching Yellow Jackets. This group of highly-artistic women and men provide an amazing show of talent, concentration, unity, and art throughout the marching show. Members are expected to be at all events that involve the THS Marching Band, including: band camp, rehearsals, football games, competition shows, parades, and more. This group works extremely hard and complete dedication is expected from all members. This course counts towards a high school PE waiver. Paperwork must be filed with the office to receive this waiver. 

Please visit the Guard Section of this site for more information on Color Guard and Winter Guard.


6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Bands

The band program at Taylor begins in the 6th grade. Students travel through the 8th grade in a program that develops them as young musicians. Through the years, students develop their music theory, tone quality, musicianship, technical abilities, and other aspects in a succinct order. Students in 7th and 8th grade participate in Music in the Parks at Kings Island in the spring. Many students join the after school marching band or color guard in the 8th grade on an audition basis. 


Special Groups

Solo and Ensemble Contest
Students in the THS Band Program perform at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. A student may perform a solo or make an ensemble (saxophone quartet, percussion ensemble, etc.) and perform for a judge that is a specialist on that instrument. The student will receive critique and a rating from that judge. Students will gain more independent knowledge of their instrument and learn how to prepare a piece in a different setting. Students from Taylor have consistently received high ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra
The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra offers a high-level challenge in a big band setting. Emphasis will be placed on developing professional musical, improvisational and performance skills. CYJO performs a wide array of styles within the big band genre, with performances held on- and off-campus. Any students playing an instrument within standard big band instrumentation, as well as vocalists, are encouraged to audition for this group.
http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/music/ensemble/Jazz.html


Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble
The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble is a skill-enhancing and enriching experience that supplements but does not replace students’ experience in their own high school bands. CYWE rehearses once a week and time is divided between full rehearsals, small group sectionals, and chamber ensembles. Attendance is expected at all rehearsals and concerts.
http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/music/ensemble/CYWE.html


Pit Orchestra

Select members of the THS band are selected by the director/volunteer their time to be in the pit orchestra for the high school musicals. Taylor drama consistently gains high praise throughout the region and nominations for the Cappie Awards. The pit orchestra is a big part of the success of musicals at Taylor High School.