Through cooperation with Bishop McDevitt High School and Holy Name of Jesus, students in fourth through eighth grade have the opportunity to join the instrumental program and explore the joys of playing a band instrument. Students will develop the skills needed to perform each instrument with proper technique, read notated music, and perform in an ensemble. Being a service offered by Bishop McDevitt High School, yearly tuition to participate in the instrumental program is required.
The HNJ instrumental program is separated into three groups:
4th Grade Band Performs "beginner" level music with a focus on proper tone production and beginning ensemble skills.
5th/6th Grade Band - Performs grade .5 and grade 1 level music building on the musical and ensemble skills learned in previous years.
7th/8th Grade Band - Performs grade 1, grade 1.5, and grade 2 level music developing higher-level musicianship skills and preparing the students to be successful musicians in high school.
Middle School Band Day - Each year Bishop McDevitt hosts Middle School Band Day. Students in 6th through 8th grade from all the partner schools spend the day at Bishop McDevitt for a day of instrumental music in a festival setting for all students. Typically the students will prepare five or six songs through small group practice and full ensemble rehearsal to perform at a concert that evening. This day and concert typically take place in the winter.
Extra Instrumental Opportunities
McDevitt Middle School Jazz Band - Combined with students from other partner schools, students in 6th through 8th grade who are interested in jazz and pop-oriented music can participate in this traditional jazz band setting. Middle School Jazz typically practices once a week after school at Bishop McDevitt. Mr. Miscannon is in charge of Middle School Jazz and can be reached at email@example.com
McDevitt Crusader Marching Band - Students in 7th and 8th grade are invited to join the high school students in the Crusader Marching Band. The marching band can be seen at all McDevitt football games, Tournament of Bands competitions, and local parades. The marching band season begins during the summer and continues throughout the football season with sparse events throughout the year.