6th Grade Band
Band for first year students. Students will learn the basics of music theory, music reading, and performance on their instrument.
7th Grade Band
Band for second year students. Students will expand upon concepts learned in their first year in addition to learning new concepts. The 7th Grade Band will also participate in MSBOA District 3 Band Festival. There are more optional extra curricular band activities for 7th grade students. This includes: Solo and Ensemble, All State Auditions, Honors Band, and Jazz Band
8th Grade Band
Band for third year students. Students will expand upon concepts learned in 7th grade band. The 8th Grade Band will also participate in MSBOA District 3 Band Festival. Students will also get to participate in collaborative performances with Mr. Senkmajer and the Port Huron Northern High School Bands. Just like in 7th grade, 8th grade students are allowed to participate in extra curricular band activities. This includes: Solo and Ensemble, All State Auditions, Honors Band, North Street Jazz Ensemble, Beginner Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.
Jazz Band is one the premier ensembles at Fort Gratiot Middle School. This is an audition based group for 7th and 8th grade students. Students must demonstrate proficiency in their regular band class in order to participate in this ensemble. Members of Jazz Band study jazz style, jazz theory, and
improvisation. Jazz Band rehearses from 6:30 AM- 7:10 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fort Gratiot Band Room starting in November.
Port Huron Northern Thunder Percussion
Competitive Winter Drumline. Select 8th grade students are invited to fill any spots not filled by high schoolers.