The band program at St. John’s is a pull-out program for students in grades 4-8. Students in fourth grade, and any student who is a new member of the band program, are placed in Beginning Band. Students in grades 5-8 with at least one year of playing experience are placed in Concert Band.
All band members receive one small group lesson and one large group rehearsal during the week. Beginning Band meets for rehearsal on Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:00. Concert Band (Students in grades 5-8) meets after school on Thursdays from 2:15 – 3:00. Wind Symphony (By audition) meets on Fridays from 2:15 – 3:00.
Students also have the option of joining Jazz Band, which meets Tuesdays from 2:15 – 3:00. Students must have at least one year of playing experience and all players (except piano, guitar, and bass) must be members of the St. John’s Concert Band/Wind Symphony to participate.
Students in Beginning Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band perform in the Christmas concert and the Spring band concert. Students in Wind Symphony have an additional performance before the All-school Christmas Program.
Starting in 5th grade, students can elect to be an altar server for school and parish masses. Students must attend training.
All SJB students in grades 3-8 are invited to participate in St. John’s annual drama production. Students have the opportunity to participate onstage or as part of the crew (assisting with the set, lighting, etc.). Performances are held in mid-October. Drama scripts for each year’s fall production are typically available for checkout/rehearsal at “Meet My Teacher Night” the week prior to school starting (with drama tryouts the first or second week of school).
SJB’s Drama Club is an entirely volunteer parent-run organization. This club is responsible for each year’s annual production, from costuming and set design/construction to sound, lighting, choosing the production, directing, casting, rehearsals, etc. Parents of the students involved in the production are required to volunteer some time to the Drama Club and the production. Volunteer positions include assisting with ticket sales, hospitality, publicity, rehearsals, etc.
SJB Students Grades 3-8