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.
This spring, CCP Drama Department will be producing the play A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (And Werewolves), written by Ernie Nolan. This comedy is a classic coming of age story, with several dynamic roles available! Most excitingly, this play will be produced in the style of classic radio show, complete with live sound effects, unique audio engineering, and plenty of technical opportunities for crew. We plan to rehearse this play online, and our goal is to then move into the theatre to record and stream our performance to be shared online with audiences April 22-24. Students will also be able to participate fully virtually if they so choose.
Auditions for A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (And Werewolves) are open to middle school Chaminade students, and any girls in grades 6-8. There are also stage management, tech, and crew roles available for students of all ages. Auditions will be held on Zoom February 11, 17, and 18, with callbacks as needed on February 18.
Please click here to sign up for an audition time. For your audition, please pick ONE side to read, and fill out an audition form to send to Mrs. Lawrence. Sides, audition forms, and additional information can be found in the show’s Google Drive by clicking here.
Students interested in production, stage management, and crew should email Mrs. Lawrence directly at email@example.com. Any other questions, concerns, or requests should also be sent to Mrs. Lawrence directly.
About the play:
It's 1954, and even though he has just become a Badger Scout, young Skipper McCready's life is a big mess. His grumpy next-door neighbor is upset with him all the time; his friend Sally Ann is obsessed with being a girl detective; and his best friend, Lucky, a dog, has gone missing. To top it all off, his mother wants him to befriend the new weird kid in Rolling Meadows, Jonathan Van, a bookish boy with outlandish tales of his monster-hunting father. With his scout survival guide in hand, Skipper sets off with his friends to solve the mystery of Lucky's disappearance. Is it really possible there's a werewolf loose, or are Jonathan's monster-filled tales too incredible to believe? Exploring the topics of friendship, self-reliance, loss and grief, Skipper begins to wonder if the answers to life's uncertainties may be found in his Badger Scout survival guide or if anything—or anyone—is truly what they seem.
Click the title of the show to see photos of some of our previous productions.
Comedy of Errors
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.