Walter L. Sickles High School Bands

HOME OF THE GRYPHONS  ~  7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626


Concert Ensemble participation for wind/percussion students runs concurrently with marching band, however, there are no after school concert band rehearsals until after marching season is over.
The Sickles HS Concert Band is open to all students at Sickles HS. The band is divided into a woodwind class and a brass/percussion class. Concert attire for Concert Band is black dress pants/shirt/shoes/socks/belt. Ladies also have the option to purchase the black band dress. 


Students with an interest participate in the Sickles High School Jazz Program through auditions with the Director.  Jazz is an elective class; all forms of jazz and time periods are studied and performed.   In 2019, due to growing interest and talent, the Sickles Jazz Program has increased to over 40 students in two performing ensembles.

In addition to performing at school concerts and in the local community, the Jazz Ensemble participates in a music performance assessment (MPA) at the District and state level.  For smaller community venues, there is a Jazz Combo that performs.  Performance dress for student musicians consists of all black; black shirt, socks, pants, belts, shoes, and a green uniform tie provided by the school.  There is also a green Jazz Polo worn for outdoor venues; purchased through the class fee. 

In 2018, the SHS Jazz Ensemble had the honor of playing in Jackson Square, New Orleans and for the Hillsborough County School Board.  In 2019, they were thrilled to play the iconic Daytona Beach Bandstand.  Always a treat to hear, and with a strong student and community following, the Jazz Ensemble has also played the holiday stage at Chick fil A on Waters Avenue, Tampa, the Citrus Park Mall, Arbor Terrace ALF, and more. 

Membership in the Sickles Symphonic band is based on audition. The Symphonic Band consistently performs at all concert and music performance assessments.  Concert attire for Symphonic Band is black dress pants/shirt/shoes/socks/belt. Ladies also have the option to purchase the black band dress. 

The Sickles Wind Ensemble is the top-auditioned group of the Sickles Band Program. The Wind Ensemble performs the highest level of the concert band repertoire, and performs at several concerts and all Music Performance Assessments, both district and state level. Concert attire for Wind Ensemble is a black tuxedo for gentleman, and black band dress for ladies.