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Academics

Catholic High School is a college-preparatory high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, founded in 1930 that strives to challenge boys academically while also teaching the truths of manhood – faith, integrity, and, as Father Tribou often stressed, duty.

Academic Departments

Band

 

Welcome to the Catholic High School Band page. The band has been in existence since 1970. The band has received numerous honors and awards, including superior and excellent ratings at judged contests for its concert band and jazz ensemble and invitations to play at functions from presidential visits to Razorback games. Many of our members have been selected as All-State and All-Region Band members and have been awarded music scholarships at in-state as well as out-of-state colleges based on their high school band accomplishments.

During the first half of the school year, the full band performs at several Catholic High football games, pep assemblies, and various civic events. In addition, a select group of members, called the Jazz Ensemble, has several “gigs” throughout the year. Jazz Ensemble members are chosen by audition. Every opportunity is given for musical expression.

Private Lessons

The private lesson teachers will schedule private lessons.  For more information on arranging a private lesson, please contact Matt Golladay at mgolladay@lrchs.org.

Fundraisers

Ninety-five percent of the band budget is derived from these fundraisers.

  • Razorback Concessions – Parents and students run a concession stand at the Little Rock Razorback Games. Ellen Serven (Chair)
  • Fruit Basket Sales – Students take advanced orders for Christmas fruit baskets. Baskets are assembled and delivered the last Saturday before Christmas Break. Phyllis DeClerk (Chair)
  • Catholic High has Talent! – Spring fundraisers. Students sell tickets. Door prizes awarded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any student who has had a least one year of band class may enroll in the band.

There is a nominal band fee, which will be collected at registration.

Most band students own or rent their horn. The school supplies tubas and percussion. There are a few school horns that may be rented.

Yes.  All band students are required to take private lessons. A list of private lessons teachers will be provided to your son the first day of school. Private lessons are taught during the school day and are 30 minutes in length. Lessons cost is $20.00 per lesson . Lessons usually average four per month.

Catholic High School does offer a beginning band class. If a student has no experience on an instrument then he should sign up for beginning band during registration. Students signing up for beginning band will not be required to audition.

All band members are required to purchase and use a Smartmusic subscription (www. SmartMusic.com)

Students playing these instruments will also be required to take private lessons on a wind instrument.  Ex. Saxophone, trumpet,clarinet, etc.

The CHS band rehearses during the school day.

Freshman year will be an adjustment and you will have to work hard, but freshmen join the band every year and are frequently ranked at the top of their class.

No. The Catholic High School Band does not march. We do attend all home football games at War Memorial Stadium and play in the stands.

The band plays at all football home games, pep assemblies (during school, with one night assembly), band contest, solo and ensemble contest, spring concerts, and spring tour.

If you filled out an application and mentioned that you were interested in band, then you will be receiving information in the mail. If not, and you are interested, then you should call the band room and leave your name and address to be added to our mailing list.

Jazz band members are chosen by audition. Jazz auditions will be heard the second week of school.

No. Members of the jazz band are also members of the full band.

Entering any new school can be a difficult transition for some. Band members enjoy the benefits of making friends and belonging to a group before school starts. Studies have shown that music students get better math, science, and language grades and score higher on their SAT scores. Band is also a great activity to list on college and job applications. Colleges know that band students develop a sense of discipline and hard work needed to do well in college. In addition, most colleges offer generous scholarships for band students. A student does not have to major in music to receive a college band scholarship.