Arts

Band

The Irish Knight Band Tradition:

The Irish Knight Band (IKB) has been a part of Notre Dame High School tradition since 1947. Since that time the band has earned a stellar reputation for its standard of excellence. The award-winning Irish Knight Band has performed in numerous band review competitions throughout Southern California.

NDHS Band Program

• The grade in band classes is derived from periodic evaluations of student progress in areas of performance which include technical proficiency, historical and theoretical knowledge as well as participation in all rehearsals and performances. 
• Students are expected to attend at least one evening practice a week. The practice is usually on a Wednesday or a Thursday evening as determined on the school calendar. 
• In addition to the evening rehearsals, students are expected to participate in all scheduled weekend activities. These may include rehearsals, concerts, festivals, parades and performances at certain athletic events. These events will be published in the school calendar and the band newsletter. 
• All students, both new and returning, must participate in Band Camp which takes place in August two weeks prior to the start of classes in the fall. 
• Three consecutive years of participation in marching band/dance-flag classes will satisfy the ND physical education requirement. 

News from the IKB

Irish Knight Band Presents Final Concert of the Year

Saturday, May 18, the Irish Knight Band and Dance Flag Team presented their final concert of the school year.  The Concert Band performed “Jefferson County Overture” by John O’Reilly. The Wind Ensemble performed “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold. The Symphonic Band performed “First Suite for Military Band in Eb” by Gustav Holst, “Variations on ‘Bingo’” by Steve Reistetter, “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by John Williams. 

Symphonic Band at Graduation

The final performance for the band program will be at Graduation on June 1 at 9:00 a.m.. The non-Senior members of the band will be joined by returning alumni band members to help celebrate this year’s graduating class.

The Band Gathering
It is our pleasure to invite you to “The Gathering” on Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m. We welcome all IKB alumni member and alumni boosters and their families to attend. “The Gathering” is hosted by former IKB staff, boosters and alums with the purpose of connecting and reconnecting IKB alumni and boosters from years past. The event will begin in the gym with a performance from the ND Alumni Band, and followed by dinner and social time in the gym courtyard. This event is closed to current students as beer and wine will be available for guests 21 and over. Current booster parents are welcome to attend. Join in an evening of camaraderie and memories of your time in Notre Dame High School’s oldest tradition! For more information and registration go to www.ndhs.org/thegathering

Band Camp Dates

July 29 (Monday) Band Camp begins for all new students
July 30 (Tuesday) Band Camp begins for all members of Band & Dance Flags
August 8 (Thursday) Band Camp ends
August 14 (Monday) Band plays at Freshman Orientation
August 15 (Wednesday) First Day of School
August 16 (Saturday) Band performs at Football Kickoff Rally

Saturday Band Program for Grades 4-8

For 34 years Notre Dame High School has sponsored a band program for elementary school students in grades 4-8. Separate classes are held each week for beginners and more advanced musicians (Squires Band) at a modest cost of only $20 a month. Two concerts are held each year, one at the end of each semester Classes for beginners are full but you are welcome to contact us and get on our mailing list for fall. Or you may stop by on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the Band Center to receive more information from an instructor about the program.

Squires Band courses for Spring semester have already begun. If you know of any musicians who would like to join the Squires Band, have them bring their instruments and report prior to 9 a.m. to fill out a registration form. The class meets every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. More information is available from the Band Center at (818) 933-3672.

Courses Offered

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  • Band I Percussion

    This is a percussion class for students with beginner to intermediate percussion skills. Students will be auditioned/interviewed in the spring for placement in Band I or Band IV percussion classes. Students are expected to continue in the band program at Notre Dame and will participate as part of the marching band pageantry unit.

    Prerequisites/Comments - This course is open to 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. Entering 9th grade students may enroll and will be called for an interview prior to the finalization of the class roster. 10th and 11th grade students need the consent of the instructor to enroll. Instruments are provided by the school. Students need not be able to read music. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Band I Winds

    This is a beginning winds class. Students will learn to play a wind instrument. Students taking Band I are expected to continue in the band program at Notre Dame and will participate as part of the marching band pageantry unit. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - 
    This course is open to 9th, 10th and 11th grade students who wish to learn a wind instrument. 10th and 11th grade students need the consent of the instructor to enroll. An instrument is provided by the school. Should a student wish to learn an instrument not available from the school, he/she will have to provide it. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Band II (Concert Band)

    This is a class for students of intermediate ability with previous training and experience on their instrument. Concert Band will join with the Wind Ensemble to form the Symphonic Band. Members of Band II will perform as part of the Marching Band. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - All students who meet the proficiency requirements may enroll in this course. Consent of the instructor is required. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Band III (Wind Ensemble)

    This is a class for students who demonstrate the ability to prepare and perform more advanced music literature. Students may be required to prepare solo or ensemble compositions outside of class. Members of Band III will perform as part of the combined Symphonic Band and the Marching Band. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - This course is open to students on all grade levels who demonstrate the proficiency on their instruments to study and perform advanced composition. Consent of the instructor is required. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Jazz Band Independent Study

    This is a performance-oriented class designed to allow members to meet together for the purposes of study and rehearsal. The class meets during x-periods not scheduled for other school activities. Preparation of music outside of class is expected. Performances may be scheduled outside of the school day and are a required part of the class. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - 
    Written consent of the instructor is required. A letter grade will be given that counts toward the cumulative GPA and Honor Roll. (UC “f” VPA) 
  • Percussion Ensemble

    Percussion students with demonstrated skill proficiency may enroll in Band IV. The course will emphasize percussion performance skill development. Students will form the marching percussion section, provide percussion for the concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band and basketball band and form concert percussion ensembles. 

    Prerequisites/Comments - 
    Consent of the Band Director or the Percussion Instructor is required. The class size may be limited. Entering 9th grade students should enroll in Band I – Percussion and will be called for an interview/audition prior to the finalization of the class rosters. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA) 

Faculty

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