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

Band Represents ND throughout Southern California

In addition to its appearances at all ND varsity football games, our band has been busy representing ND in band reviews and parades on Saturday mornings. In October and November, the Irish Knight Band appeared in the Loara Band Review in Anaheim, the Riverside King Band Review, and the Arcadia Festival of Bands. The IKB once again performed well this season, receiving Third Place at Riverside King, and Fifth Place at Arcadia. Congratulations to all of the members of the Irish Knight Band and Dance Guard for representing Notre Dame so well in front of thousands of spectators at these events.

Color Guard Competes

Marching alongside the band at football games, parades, and band reviews, the Notre Dame Dance Guard has had a successful Fall season, winning Fifth Place at Riverside King and an amazing Second Place performance at Arcadia. Thanks to the coaching of Head Dance Guard Instructor Leticia Alcuran and Assistant Instructor Danny DeLuna, and the dedication of the Dance Guard Team, the Dance Guard will use their momentum from the marching season to improve upon their successful Winter Guard season from last year. Winter Guard competitions begin on February 9 and run through WGASC Championships on April 13. Congratulations Dance Guard on a great fall and good luck in the spring.

Drum Major Represents the Irish Knight Band with a Strong Season

This marching season has been successful for the Band and Dance Guard, but it has also been successful for Drum Major Tiffany Chavez. Competing in the Open Mace division, received Second Place at Riverside King, and finished strong at Arcadia in Fourth Place. We are all very proud of the leadership and skill Tiffany has displayed this marching season. 

Irish Knight Band Marches in Disney

On Sunday, January 13th the band will march down at Disney as part of the Disneyland Community Arts Showcase. The location (Disneyland or California Adventure) and performance time has not been announced, but this is a great opportunity to visit one of the great Disney parks and see our IKB perform. Venue and performance times will be announced in mid-December. Please check the band calendar on our website for updated details. 

Bandcake Breakfast and Family Mass

Mark your calendars for the Band Booster's traditional Bandcake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, February 3rd. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon from all band families, and admission includes performances by the Notre Dame Jazz Band. You will also have the opportunity to bid on some great gifts at a silent auction during the event. We hope to once again have a wonderful display of vintage automobiles courtesy of the Model T Club of the San Fernando Valley and the Vintage Chevrolet of America Club. The Holy Cross Family Mass will also be on Sunday, February 3rd, and will begin at 9 a.m. in the Notre Dame Gym. You can enjoy the Mass and stay after to bid on some silent auction items and enjoy breakfast and jazz band performances. What a great way to start your Super Bowl Sunday. More information will be available after the holidays. This is your opportunity to show your appreciation and support for our band.

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.

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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