Saint Viator Bands

Course Descriptions:

Concert Band

Prerequisite:Previous band experience

Concert Band stresses the fundamentals of music performance while preparing for concerts at school, and local and national festivals. Participation in performances is required for a passing grade.

Symphonic Band

Prerequisite:Audition

This course is designed to further the musical growth of more advanced musicians. Students will continue to work on fundamentals of music performance, while studying music of various time periods, orchestral transcriptions and programmed music. Students in this ensemble should expect to practice daily in order to meet the demands of the music. Participation in performances is required for a passing grade.

Jazz Band

Prerequisite:Audition

Jazz Band is an auditioned performance group which performs concerts at school and at area festivals. Students learn various jazz styles as they concentrate on the fundamentals of music performance and jazz improvisation. Jazz Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. throughout the entire year. (Occasionally, meeting times/days must be changed/cancelled due to conflicts.) Participation in performances is required for a passing grade.

Percussion Ensemble

Prerequisite:Students need to have previous experience in band at the middle school level or studied piano privately

High School Percussion Ensemble is offered to high school students who have an interest in learning the techniques of playing percussion instruments in a performance class. The course will focus primarily on snare drum, bass drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani technique. Auxiliary and world percussion will also be studied. Students will develop musical literacy (reading and writing musical notation, both pitch and rhythm), competence on standard classical and world percussion instruments, knowledge of improvisation and composition, as well as an appreciation of stage presence and presentation in the art of performance. Performances may include solos, percussion ensembles, and participation with the band at concerts/pep band performances.

Co-Curricular Band Activities:

Pep Band

This band performs at home football and basketball games. See Mr. Genualdi for a practice schedule.

Musical Pit Orchestra

Provides accompaniment for the school musical; attends the cast party and has fun! Auditions are with Mr. Genualdi. Rehearsals are November through February.