Roanoke Catholic school Bands

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

– Victor Hugo

what makes band special?

Band differs from the general music class, or most other courses, in that we seek to develop and put to use a skill. It involves learning and applying math concepts (rhythm) and a new system of notation, developing fine motor skills and the ability to really hear, and becoming sensitive to the sounds we make, to the sounds others make and to the musical demands of the piece. It requires cooperation among a large team of musicians working together toward a common goal.  And of course, it also requires practice at home, performances, and investment in an instrument. 

Band involves responsibility to the group.  The sound each student makes changes the sound of the entire group.  I have encountered few students who lacked the musical and mental skills necessary to be fine student musicians.  Success is assured if the student desires to learn, the parents and student understand what is required for success and the parents share responsibility for the music education of their child.  Being in a band program provides skills and learning experiences that will be useful in any endeavor your child pursues.  And perhaps most important, they experience the joy of accomplishment.

upper band

Upper Band is open to 8th through 12th grade students at a mature level of development, who are proficient in music reading, scales, tone production and articulation. 

7th grade band

Beginning Band is required for all 7th Grade students.  Previous musical training and music reading is helpful, but not necessary.