About the Program


The Hightower Trail Band is the primary feeder for the award winning Pope High School Band and has produced outstanding musicians for the past 22 years.  The band program consists of 350 students in grades 6-8.  The bands have achieved consistent superior ratings at the District 12 Band Large Group Performance EvaluationBand members consistently earn positions in the District Honor Bands and All-State Bands.  Achievements include:

Band Program
  - GMEA Exemplary Performance Award (2011)

8th Grade Symphonic Band
  - University
of Georgia MidFest
(2006, 2010, 2013)
  - University of Alabama MS Band Festival (2014)

  - GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah (2008, 2012, 2018)
  - Music For All Southeast Regional Concert Band Festival (2015, 2017)

  - Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis (2010)

Low Brass Ensemble
  - GMEA In-Service Conference (2004)

Classes rehearse for 42 minutes daily.  In 8th grade, students are typically divided by ability level.  Extracurricular opportunities include Small Ensembles such as Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Double Reed Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, 7th Grade Jazz Band, and 8th Grade Jazz Band.  Directors are available for help every day before and after school.  Students use this time to pass-off method book lines, prepare for auditions, and satisfy their weekly practice requirements.