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 fall, Chaminade Drama Department will kick off our 21-22 season by producing the wonderful play Anon(ymous), written by Naomi Iizuka. This modern retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey thrusts a classic story into today’s world, with themes of immigration, home, memory, and resilience. This emotional, unexpected, and thought provoking show has several dynamic roles available.
Auditions for Anon(ymous) are open to any Chaminade students, and any ladies in grades 6-12th. There are also stage management, tech, and crew roles available for students of all ages. Please feel free to share this email with anyone interested!
Auditions will be held at Chaminade on Saturday, August 21st (10:00am - 1:00pm), and Monday, August 23rd (3:30pm - 5:30pm). Callbacks (if needed) will also be held on Monday, August 23rd.
For your audition, please pick ONE side to read, and fill out an audition form. Sides, audition forms, and additional information can be found in the show’s Google Drive by clicking here.
If you cannot attend auditions, you are invited to record a video audition and send it to email@example.com. If audition slots fill up, we will add more times on 8/23, and request you submit a video audition if possible.
Students interested in production and crew should email Ms. Lawrence directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other questions, concerns, or requests should also be sent to Ms. Lawrence directly.
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.