St. Mary Cathedral School Bands
Blue & White Band - 6th Grade
Begin the year with recorder; learn basic notes and rhythm reading. Students will then transition to traditional band instruments by October where they learn the basics of their particular instrument. Students in the Blue and White band participate in 2 concerts throughout the year.
Snowbird Band - 7th Grade
This year students expand their knowledge of their instrument. They also strengthen their rhythm, extending the range and add different meters. They also learn how to march and play in parade formation and march at the Homecoming and St. Patrick's Day Parades. Students in the Snowbird band participate in 4 concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in Solo & Ensemble as well as Jazz Band.
Cathedral Band - 8th Grade & High School
This year students put emphasis on tone control, scales and complex rhythms. They continue to work on the basics of marching and march at the Homecoming and St. Patrick's Day Parades. They also participate in 4 concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in Solo & Ensemble as well as Jazz Band.
St. Mary Cathedral School Bands Perform at the Grand Hotel
On May 23, 2018 the Snowbird and Cathedral Bands performed in the Grand Hotel for family and guests. The Snowbird band is made up of musicians in the 7th grade and the Cathedral Band is comprised of musicians from 8th- 12th grade. The Jazz Bird ensemble also performed. The musicians ate lunch in the Grand Hotel and then performed a concert in the Ball Room. The St. Mary Bands are directed by Rita LaVictoire.
Two St. Mary Instrumentalists Receive Awards
Two St. Mary Cathedral School seniors received awards for their exceptional contributions. Holly Greif and Andrew Makarewicz were the recipients of the John Philip Sousa Award, which recognizes seniors for their musicianship and dedication to their school band program. Holly Greif also received the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence from the United States Marine Corps. This award recognizes an individual for diligence, dedication, and musical excellence as a performing High school Bandsman and soloist.