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.

"Knightly Knewsletter" - Fall 2018

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. 

Saturday Band Program for Grades 4-8

Since 1979 Notre Dame High School has sponsored a band program for grammar school students in fourth through eighth grades. Students learn to play a band instrument in a one-hour class lesson each Saturday. Two classes are offered, one for beginning students and one for students who already play an instrument.
 
Beginning Band is for students who want to learn to play an instrument. Registration day is Saturday, September 15 in the ND cafeteria at 9:30 a.m. Students and their parents should attend. The program will be explained, and students will have a chance to try the various band instruments in order to select the one they want to play. An instrument rental program will be available. The class meets every Saturday from 10 - 11 a.m.
 
Squires Band is for students who already know how to play an instrument. The first class and registration will be on Saturday, September 8 at 9 a.m. in the Band Center. Students should bring their instruments and report before 9 a.m. to fill out registration forms. The class meets every Saturday from 9 - 10 a.m.
 
The cost of the class lesson is $20 per month per student. There are two concerts a year, one at the end of each semester. More information is available from the Band Center at (818) 933-3672.

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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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