The Band Program at Chaminade provides a wide range of musical opportunities for students to develop their inherent spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical potential. Chaminade Bands offers a variety of ensembles for 6-12 students to participate in, regardless of skill level. In addition, the program’s ensembles perform at a wide range of events, including formal concerts, evaluated festivals, competitions, school functions, and football and basketball games.
- Beginning Band
- CMG (Contemporary Music Group)
- High School Jazz Lab
- Intermediate Band
- Jazz Combo
- Jazz Ensemble
- Pep Band
- Men's Chorus
- Middle School Jazz Band
- Wind Ensemble
Students in Middle School or High School who show interest in learning an instrument should enroll in one of the Beginning Band courses. In these courses, students learn about the different instruments, choose an instrument to play, and develop foundational individual and ensemble skills. In addition, students learn how to self-assess, peer-review, plan and achieve goals, and work in a performance-based environment. Students in Middle School and High School Beginning Band are prepared throughout the year to join our Intermediate Band (MS) and Wind Ensemble (HS) the following year.
In Intermediate Band, students continue to develop their musical skills and work with others to perform a wide variety of concert band literature. Students in Intermediate Band also take part in many music opportunities, such as the Bishop DuBourg Honor Band, Metro District 8 Honor Band and Honor Jazz Band, The Annual Chaminade Middle School Band Festival, and the Chaminade Middle School Solo and Ensemble Competition. On some years the Intermediate Band competes at the Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags in the Spring semester.
High School students who wish to further develop their concepts of harmony, form, improvisation and ensemble playing are encouraged to audition for our zero-hour Jazz Combo. This group focuses on learning some of the core repertoire of great Jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver as well as Jazz standards that are frequently used in professional settings.
In Jazz Ensemble, high school students intensively develop a variety of skills related to the jazz idiom. Tone, Style, Time-feel, Harmony, History, and Improvisation are all taught in this course through the context of big band literature. As of 2018, Jazz Ensemble is a full credit class that takes place during the school day.
The Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble at Chaminade. Students in the ensemble perform at formal school concerts, events and ceremonies. In addition, the Wind Ensemble has performed at the MSHSAA Large Ensemble Festival annually for over 35 years and has traveled for the past 20 years to competitions, festivals and universities. Students perform a wide variety of wind band literature in an ensemble of 40-50 other students, and they work with local, regional and nationally recognized conductors, musicians and composers.
The Theater and Drama Program at Chaminade produces a number of shows each school year in addition to the drama classes that are available as part of the student's curriculum. The performance lineup for the 2019-20 school year includes:
Audition information will be posted here as available. We encourage young ladies from the area to audition for the female roles in our productions.
ON THE RAZZLE AUDITIONS
Auditions for our fall HS play, On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard, will be held next Wednesday, 5/15 and Thursday, 5/16 here at Chaminade in the Little Theatre. Note, this is the HS play for next year so all current 8th graders through juniors are encouraged to audition! Wednesday will be open auditions starting at 3pm (ladies arrive when you can after school) and Thursday will likely be call backs.
CLICK HERE to view the audition packet.
I know many of you are not familiar with this play, but it is a really great farce written by one of the world’s greatest living playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Many of his plays are very intellectual in nature but On the Razzle is pure comedy, though done with incredibly “smart” and witty wordplay full of puns, a very clever storyline and fun characters.
There are various video clips or segments of the show you can watch online. Warning – some of them are really bad school productions, some are really out-there strange productions and even the original National Theatre filmed version of the stage play, which you can find the full version of online, is really not entertaining. Surprisingly to me it comes across often as really slow and dry, which is the exact opposite of our production, which will be fast-paced, fun and witty. So I encourage you to stay away from those versions online or at least watch them with a grain of salt.
I should soon have some copies of the script in my office if you care to check one out in advance of auditions and I will publish the audition scenes I will use closer to the time. You can also find chunks of the script online in various searches as well.
So please do some prep, but overall come to auditions ready to play some big characters and make fun, sometimes outrageous acting choices.
Contact Mr. Grumich with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the title of the show to see photos of some of our previous productions.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Imaginary Invalid
Chaminade's Band, Drama & Theater and Fine Arts programs are among the best in the area. Housed in the beautiful Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, the technology and facilities available to all students rivals that of professional venues. Our theater productions, award winning band program and comprehensive art program are a large part of Esto Vir Journey for every Chaminade Gentleman.