The Holy Child Music Department offers three instrumental band ensembles to develop and challenge the various musical levels of its students. These groups include Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble. Please read the following information prior to registering your child for the band program.
Mr. Michael Norton
- Lessons on the following band instruments are offered:
- Woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
- Brass: trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba
- Percussion: battery and mallet percussion - students will learn both battery (i.e. snare drum, bass drum, etc.) and mallets (i.e. bells)
- All students will receive a 30-minute group lesson (3-6 students per group, on average) every week
- Lesson times will rotate weekly so students do not miss the same class every week. Students must consult the lesson schedule, published monthly, to find their lesson times
- All students should come prepared to their lessons with their instrument, music, and a pencil
- Practice is a very important part of learning an instrument. We ask that students practice 30 minutes, six days a week. Consistent practice is the key to success.
Advanced and Beginner Concert Band
Instruments and Equipment
- Instruments should be rented or purchased from a reputable music dealer. Recommended stores:
- Music & Arts, Newtown Square (610)-356-4674
- Taylors Music, West Chester (610)-696-1812
- Please note, purchasing instruments from dealers who do not specialize in musical instruments is not recommended. If you have questions about obtaining an instrument, please contact Mr. Norton.
- A limited number of school-owned instruments are available as well, please contact Mr. Norton for more information.
- Students are responsible for all instrument parts and accessories. Reeds, valve oil, cleaning kits, etc. can be obtained from any local music store. Any instrument repairs must be taken care as soon as possible. A fully functioning instrument is essential for a student’s success in the band program.
The Wind Ensemble is a small, select group of musicians chosen by Mr. Norton.
The Wind Ensemble plays at the Christmas Liturgy, Graduation, and other special occasions.
The Jazz Band is a select group of musicians in grades 6-8 chosen by Mr. Norton. Students interested in participating in Jazz Band must audition in September - Jazz Band rehearsals will begin on later that month. Please contact Mr. Norton for Jazz Band audition materials.
- Students may audition on any Concert Band instrument, as well as piano, guitar, bass, and drum set. Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion students must also participate in the Concert Band.
- The Jazz Band will perform at the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and also at Jazz Festivals in the Spring.
Instrumental Student Concert Attire is mandatory for all instrumental groups:
- Boys: Black bow tie; long- sleeved, white oxford shirt; black pants; black belt; black socks; a black shoes
- Girls: Black bow tie; long-sleeved, white oxford shirt; black skirt (can use choir skirt); beige stockings; black shoes
- Black bow ties may be purchased through the school for $8. If you wish to purchase a tie, please indicate this on the registration form and include payment with the band fee.
Please contact Mr. Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org
HCA Rock Band
Dr. Leo Dugan, Director
The HCA Rock Band has been a huge success with our young guitarists and percussionists at HCA.
Students who are vocalists or who play guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, drum set, or electric keyboard are invited to join the HCA Rock Band.
- Students must be in Grade 4 or above.
- Students must have their own instruments.
- Students currently must be taking lessons at HCA or from a music professional elsewhere. Instrumentalists’ lessons must be on their desired Rock Band instruments.
- Students must have at least one year of lessons on their desired Rock Band instruments.
- Rock Band members will be required to practice their music at home.
Rehearsals for the rock band will occur at HCA during the school day.Please contact Dr. Leo Dugan