Band and Dance Guard Win Top Awards at Granada Hills
On December 8, the Irish Knight Band marched down Chatsworth Street in the 35th Annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade, the largest holiday parade in the San Fernando Valley. The band took home the Music Sweepstakes trophy for the top marching band of the day, and the Dance Guard took 1st Place in the Senior Tall Flags category for the best color guard of the day, and Drum Major Nick Weber took 1st Place in the drum major competition. This comes as no surprise to the IKB, who has taken the top awards every year that they have marched at Granada Hills. It's a great way to cap off a successful marching band season by solidifying the band's place as the best parade band in the San Fernando Valley.
Band Performs at Basketball Games
This winter the band has been busy providing spirit and live music at every home varsity league game for the Notre Dame boys and girls basketball teams. You can see the basketball band as they support our varsity team at home games in the playoffs.
Dance Guard Competes
Marching alongside the band at football games, parades, and band reviews, the Notre Dame Dance Guard has had a successful band review season, winning Third Place at Loara, Fourth Place at Riverside King and an amazing Fifth Place performance at Arcadia. Under the direction of Head Dance Guard Instructor Leticia Alcuran and Assistant Dance Guard Instructor Daniel De Luna, and with a dedicated Dance Guard Team, they hope to improve upon last year’s bronze medal Winter Guard season. Winter Guard competitions begin February 8 and ends with WGASC Championships on April 18. Congratulations Dance Guard on a great fall and good luck in the spring. Here are competition dates and locations:
Saturday, February 8 – Bellflower High School
Saturday, March 7 – Rancho Cucamonga High School
Sunday, March 14 – Arcadia High School
Friday, March 20 – Golden Valley High School
Saturday, March 29 – La Costa Canyon High School
Saturday, April 11 – Mililani High School (Waikiki, HI)
Saturday, April 18 – Championships in Anaheim Area
Percussion Ensemble Competes
After a busy Fall Semester providing the Drum Line for the Irish Knight Band at football games, parades, and band reviews, the Percussion Ensemble has been busy preparing their competition show, “Age of Discovery,” for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) competitions starting in February. They will be competing
in the Indoor Concert Percussion Open category. Last year the Percussion Ensemble has a very successful season, finishing
with a Silver Medal at the SCPA Championships. This year they are even more determined and are poised for another successful season. Here are the competition dates and locations:
Saturday, February 8 – Arcadia High School (SCPA)
Saturday, February 15 – Monrovia High School (SCPA)
Saturday, February 29 – Rancho Cucamonga High School (SCPA)
Sat/Sun, March 21-22 – CSU San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena (WGI West Power Regional)
Saturday, April 4 – CSU San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena (SCPA Prelims)
Saturday, April 11 – CSU San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena (SCPA Championships)
Saturday Band Program
For 35 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 (Beginning Band) 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. Beginning classes will start again with our orientation and instrument petting zoo on the second Saturday in September.
Squires Band courses for Spring semester have already begun but it isn’t too late to join. 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.