Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music offers three different ensembles, performing in four concerts a year, and taking trips.


Instrumental Music currently offers three different performing ensembles. The String Orchestra is open to any student who plays a traditional orchestral instrument; violin, viola, cello, and bass. The Concert Band is the intermediate level wind ensemble open to wind, percussion, and string bass players. The Symphonic Band is the advanced level wind ensemble featuring winds, percussion and string bass.

Instrumental Music students will learn and perform music representing a diverse selection of composers and music in different styles, and from different historical periods. Students will also have the opportunity and be encouraged to perform in small ensembles throughout the year.

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Students in each ensemble will perform in four concerts a year on campus at SRHS. In addition, students will perform at the two ArtQuest Showcase events, graduation, and have the opportunity to travel. In the past our ensembles have performed in locations and concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.


You perform in four concerts per year in October, January, March, and May.


You perform a variety of music representing different styles, cultures, and time periods.


In addition to the large ensembles, you are encouraged to perform in small ensembles such as trios and quartets.


Our Instrumental Ensembles receive invitations to perform in festivals nationally and internationally.


Tim Decker

Tim Decker is an alumni of Santa Rosa High School, graduating in 1998. After graduation from SRHS he earned a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education degree from Sacramento State University, where he studied Instrumental Conducting with Dr. Robert Halseth. Decker has been honored as the Prudential Education Foundation Outstanding Teacher in 2009, The Rohnert Park Patch Readers’ Choice Best Teacher in 2012, and was twice awarded the SF Giants and Wells Fargo Step up to the Plate for Education Grant.