"If music be the food of love, play on!" William Shakespeare
The St. Gabriel the Archangel Band program provides an enthusiastic, fun and supportive environment for students to begin, or continue growing their instrumental skills. Focus is placed on fundamental techniques and musical knowledge of the instruments, growing musicianship skills through playing more challenging and diverse repertoire, and becoming appreciators of the arts. We also place a great emphasis on the community aspect of band, where everyone has a place to belong.
Through our school board students are able to rent an instrument for only $100 and this includes any repairs that may need to be done, as well as insurance.
Throughout the band season students will have performance opportunities including a Christmas concert, and a final band concert. In the future, students will also have the chance to participate in our overnight band camp, as well as the Alberta International Band Festival.
We offer a Junior Band for each grade (one band for each of grade 7, grade 8, and grade 9), as well as a High School band, the St. Gabriel the Archangel Symphonic Winds.
The Symphonic Winds runs year round, and each students receives 8 high school credits per year. The Symphonic Winds rehearse every day during the first semester, while completing the course Instrumental Music 10/20/30. In the second semester, the rehearse 2-3 times a week outside of the timetable, and complete a 3 credit Band course. This ensemble also receives more performance opportunities than the junior high bands.
All are welcome whether you’ve been practicing for years or are looking to challenge yourself with something new!
If you have any questions or are just curious, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Allen through the school phone or at firstname.lastname@example.org.