The high school bands provide students their first experience with marching band. Marching bands are comprised of wind, percussion and colorguard students. The colorguard is an auxiliary unit that provides a visual and theatrical component to marching band shows. Colorguard membership is obtained through an audition process in the spring semester, and includes both male and female students.
The THS marching band rehearses outside school hours (before or after school). They perform at all football games as well as all UIL district/post-district football games. The THS Marching Band also competes in the UIL Marching Contest at the regional and area levels.
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The Temple ISD jazz band program is the longest running in the state of Texas. It was been in existence for over 60 years consecutively. Jazz is a PROUD tradition in TISD and the city of Temple. Each middle school has an auditioned 7th grade and 8th grade jazz band that is offered during the school day. Students are required to take a concert band while also participating in a jazz band. Temple HS has two performing jazz bands, the THS Highlighters and the THS Blues. These groups are auditioned. They often compete at the national levels traveling to areas of the country such as New York City, New Orleans, and Savannah, Georgia.