St. Cajetan Band
The mission of the St. Cajetan Band is to provide an opportunity for children to discover, explore and develop their musical talents through the study of wind and percussion instruments. By joining the band, your child can develop musical skills, build confidence, practice self-discipline, and discover a love for music.
Our band teacher is Mr. Henning, who holds a degree in Music Education and has extensive experience working with youth. The band presents two major performances each year - a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert for both the school and a general audience. In addition, the senior band competes at the Catholic Band Contest in March of each year, and all students are encouraged to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Contest in February.Lesson ScheduleLessons are held in small groups arranged according to instrument and/or ability. They are 30 minutes long and are given on Wednesdays during the school day. A rotating schedule is used so that no student misses the same class time on a regular basis.RehearsalsStudents who reach a certain level are asked to participate in the Senior Band. This level is usually achieved after one year of musical study. Band rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:10 pm. And students continue with 30 minute group lessons during the school day. There is no before or after-school component to Beginning Band.Home PracticeMusic is not an instant success. Patience and dedication are required. If students practice for at least 15 minutes four or five times a week, they should see positive results. Band members will receive a report to record their number of practice minutes, and parents are to sign this report each week before their child’s weekly lesson.Tuition RatesTuition for band is $50 per month, or three payments of $147 ($49 per month) depending on the payment plan that families choose. Tuition envelopes are distributed at the beginning of each month and are due sometime within that month. The fee for band is on a tuition basis and not a per lesson or rehearsal basis. There is no charge for concerts or extra practices. The tuition does not cover the cost of the Solo and Ensemble contest. Checks should be made payable to Patrick Henning.BooksThe method book for Beginning Band students costs $10 and typically lasts the entire year.InstrumentsThe band does not provide instruments. The student is responsible for obtaining a quality instrument in good working condition. It is recommended that parents rent an instrument on a trial basis in order to determine their child’s interest and aptitude. Instruments obtained in other manners are acceptable, but the band director must first approve the instrument.
PARTICIPATION IN THE ST. CAJETAN BAND PROVIDES CHILDREN WITH THE JOYS OF MUSIC THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.Mr. Henning can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.