|BDTV||BDTV (Ben Davis Television) is the Emmy-award winning high school television production facility that serves Wayne Township. We want to inform and educate our audiences about all of the positive things happening in Wayne Township.||Mr. Goins|
|Concert Band||Concert Band provides students with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert bands, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have opportunities to experience live performance by professionals during and outside of the school day. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom. In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.||Band Directors|
|Concert Choir||Accents – Intermediate Women’s Concert Choir. Accents offers a variety of learning experiences for choral musicians of all levels. This ensemble studies a variety of musical styles while incorporating music theory, music history, and vocal technique. The Accents Choir performs at all major concerts and participates in ISSMA organizational contest each year as well as other events as necessary.
Debut – Intermediate Mixed Concert Choir. Debut offers ladies and gentlemen an experience in singing SATB concert music while focusing on building choral skills. This ensemble studies a variety of musical styles while incorporating music theory, music history, and vocal technique. Debut performs at all major concerts and participates in ISSMA organizational contest each year as well as other events as necessary.
Expressions – Women’s Concert Choir. This concert choir offers a variety of learning experiences for the aspiring female musician. This ensemble studies literature of all styles and eras while incorporating music theory, music history, and vocal technique. The Expressions perform at all major concerts, Butler Women’s Festival, ISSMA organizational contest each year as well as other events as necessary.
Purple-Aires – Advanced Mixed Concert Choir. The Purple-Aires Concert Choir offers a variety of learning experiences for choral musicians who wish to attain a high level of singing. This robed choir studies a variety of musical styles while incorporating music theory, music history, and vocal technique. Purple-Aires performs at competitions in February and March, all department concerts and participates in ISSMA organizational contest each year.
|Giant Visions Magazine||This arts and literary magazine is published once a semester. The magazine features short stories, artwork, photography, poems and musical lyrics written by Ben Davis students. Contact Tom Hayes in Room X109 to find out more information.||Mr. Hayes|
|HOSA||HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.||Mrs. Wolfe|
|JROTC Drill Team||To be a member of the MCJROTC Eagle Battalion Team, you must be a cadet in the MCJROTC class. This is a year-round sport which runs August through May. The team will consist of 24 to 32 members. There is a mini-camp for all new and returning cadets the last two weeks of July and placement training is the first three weeks of August. The team roster is published the last Thursday in August. All members must be in good academic standing to be eligible to participate. The team practices twice daily and competes in 7-8 drill meets both in and out of state. The season culminates in the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach Florida.||1st Sgt. Borghese|
|JROTC Marksmanship Team||To be a member of the JROTC Marksmanship Team, you must be in the JROTC class. This is a fall sport which runs September through December. The team will consist of 12-15 members and tryouts are held during September of every year. We will participate in a league made up of 8 local schools. We will also compete in a number of postal competitions as well as a few weekend tournaments.||Lt Col Thompson|
|Jazz Band||Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual setting for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. The instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through: (1) improvisation, (2) composition, (3) arranging, (4) performing, (5) listening, and (6) analyzing. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas.||Band Directors|
|Keyhole||The Keyhole is the student-produced yearbook covering Ben Davis High School. The 284-page, four-color yearbook is distributed every August and covers the entire school year. The yearbook is produced by students in Student Publications III and IV. Students plan, write, edit, photograph and cover all the school activities during the year and then design and edit an award-winning yearbook that is a 2008 Hoosier Star winner.||Mr. Hayes|
|Marching Band||Marching Band is a Performance Based Class. The Ben Davis Marching Giants are proud of many accomplishments including 14 Class A State Championships. Major performances have included the Tournament of Roses, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and 500 Festival Parades. The Ben Davis Band has played for 6 United States Presidents, including two inaugural parades. The Ben Davis Band was a Bands of America National Finalist in 2004, and in 2008, and were awarded the Al Castronovo Esprit de Corps Award at the 2000 Bands of America Grand National Championship. The Ben Davis Band is headed to Pasadena, California for the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade for a record 7th time, more than any other band in the country outside of the state of California!||Band Directors|
|Orchestra||This class is for string players who have played more than two years in the past. The Symphony class is an audition only, competitive ensemble. The Chamber class is an intermediate group of string players.||Mrs. Noble|
|Show Choirs||Premiers - Mixed Show/Concert Choir. Premiers is an opportunity to cover many areas of choral music. Students will study a variety of music including, but not limited to: Pop, Jazz, Classical, and Broadway. This auditioned ensemble will compete throughout the months of February and March, as well as perform at all of the school’s concerts, ISSMA Organizational Contest and other events. There is also a one week, required camp that will be held in July each year. There will be many performing opportunities for this elite ensemble.
Sounds – Women’s Show/Concert Choir – Sounds is an opportunity to cover many areas of choral music. Students will study a variety of music including, but not limited to: Pop, Jazz, Classical, and Broadway. This auditioned ensemble will compete throughout the months of February and March, as well as perform at all of the school’s concerts, ISSMA Organizational Contest and other events. There is also a one week, required camp that will be held in July each year. There will be many performing opportunities for this elite ensemble.
|Skills USA||Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. Skills USA helps each student excel. This national organization offers regional, state, and national competitions in over 90 program areas in which students can win tools, supplies, and scholarships.||Area 31 Career Center Program Instructors|
|Speech/Debate||An extracurricular activity providing competition in different events ranging from team debate to humorous and dramatic interpretation. All active students are eligible for membership in the National Forensic League, which gave its start to such celebrities as Oprah, Brad Pitt and Kelsey Grammer.||Mr. Volz
|Spotlight (School newspaper)||The Spotlight is the student-produced newspaper covering Wayne Township with emphasis on Ben Davis High School. The newspaper is published at least 12 times during the school year and is produced by students in Student Publications I and II classes. Students write, edit, photograph, design and distribute the award-winning publication, which is published every third Friday during the school year.||Mr. Hayes|
|String Quartet||This group is chosen by the conductor of BDSO to perform at community, school and corporate events. The BDSO Quartet gets real life experience at performing for weddings, benefits and much more. The group members can also earn money for playing gigs they are hired to play.||Mrs. Noble|
|Student Trainers||Student athletic trainers assist the Certified Athletic Training staff care for the health of the Ben Davis athletes. Student Athletic Trainers commonly perform the duties of taping athletes before practice, treating minor wounds with first aid techniques, managing the water intake of the athletes, assisting with treatments by applying ice bags or stretching athletes and being another set of eyes for the Certified Athletic Trainer. Students are encouraged to take the “Athletic Injuries” classes at Ben Davis High School before considering taking on these duties. There is an application process that interested students must complete before being accepted as a student athletic trainer. The student athletic trainer can expect to be utilized each night after school and on Saturdays for games.||Mr. Lahr|
|Theater Crew||Also called "The Crew". Actors act but "The Crew" makes it happen! Being part of "The Crew" means we take an idea, develop and create, build and paint, rehearse then execute for a live audience. If you like being part of a team that works hard, has fun and plays with pretty cool tools, being part of "The Crew" might be for you.||Mr. Montgomery|
|Theatre Troupe (Drama)||Membership for anyone interested in any aspect of theatre; no prior experience is necessary. Group meets four times a year to plan and discuss field trips, scholarship opportunities and special productions. Open to everyone.||Mr. Owens
|WBDG||WBDG is a student-run, school operated radio station at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Broadcasting on a FM frequency of 90.9 MHz, the station went on the air full time on February 14, 1966. Today, the station operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Student broadcasters constitute the air staff of WBDG. Students are supervised by a member of the Ben Davis High School/Area 31 Career Center Faculty. WBDG has won several national and state awards. WBDG is a member of the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters and is one of just an estimated 150 high school radio stations on the air today in the U.S. and one of five in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.||Mr. Easter|