"An Oratory without music is like a body without a soul." - Saint John Bosco
The St. John Bosco High School Band Program is recognized as one of the finest and most comprehensive high school band programs in Catholic education. Its performing ensembles include the Liturgy Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensembles, Drum Line, and the Advance Band. In the fall, all of these groups combine to form the Bosco Braves Marching Band.
- 9th Grade Concert Band
Open to incoming 9th graders interested in learning an instrument; no experience necessary. Students will discover the world of music through hands-on work with concert band instruments. Musical terminology, rhythmic figures and reading skills will be learned to further enhance this experience. Concert Band is considered a performance group. Instruments being offered are Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Mallets and percussion. Participation in Marching Band is optional. Private lesson program is available (Prereq: None).
- Advance Band
Advanced Band is yearlong course open to students with previous instrumental music experience and who already know how to read music. Students will participate in pep band, marching band and concert band performances. Students are required to attend after school private or semi-private sectionals/lessons on a regular basis. In addition, students will have individual opportunities to participate in optional events like Solo and Ensemble Contest, IMEA and the Conference Music Festival. Attending all full band performances is a course requirement. Members will also practice marching techniques and music to be used in performances at football games and parades. Members will be expected to attend rehearsals outside of regular class time. (Prereq: Open to students who: have successfully completed 9th Grade Concert Band with a “B”, and/or display equivalent competence on a band instrument through audition, and/or have successfully completed Instruments 2 the previous school year, and/or Director approval.)
- Drum Line/Percussion Ensemble
Specialized course open to all students upon successful audition and/or approval from the instructor. Instruments include snare, Quads, Bass drum, cymbals, timpani, mallet percussion, drum set, and auxiliary percussion instruments. Students will make up the percussion section of the Advance Band, and Marching Band. Solo and small ensemble performance opportunities are available. Private lesson program is available. Co-enrollment in Period 7 Advance Band (1st semester) is required.
- Jazz Ensemble
Intermediate ensemble is open to all students upon successful audition and/or approval from the instructor. Styles covered include swing, blues, funk, Latin jazz, etc. This ensemble will give several public concerts and perform in local festivals and Music Theater. Private lesson program is available. Students must be enrolled in Advance Band to qualify in the Jazz Band. Co-enrollment in another instrumental course is required.