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RCS Junior High Jazz Band (Gr. 6-8)

Adding to the musical experiences Rochester Catholic Schools Junior High students is the option to participate in the RCS Junior High Jazz Band. This group welcomes students in grades 7 and 8 to a dynamic jazz ensemble. Musically, students will perform pieces by jazz composers, and gain experience in improvisation and advanced rhythmic techniques. Socially, students build a strong network of friends from across our three grade schools (St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School, St. Francis of Assisi School, Holy Spirit Catholic School).

Auditions
To participate in the RCS Junior High Jazz Band, a student must be a member of an RCS school band program. Auditions are required for students who play percussion, keyboard, or guitar. For students playing saxophone, trombone or trumpet, no audition is required. Major performances include a Rochester Catholic Schools Spring Tour, two system-wide band concerts, and the Lourdes Night of Jazz event.

Rehearsal
The RCS Junior High Jazz Band meets at the St. John the Evangelist campus at 7:00 a.m. with regular rehearsal running from 7:15-8:15 a.m. Rehearsal will conclude in time for the start of the normal school day.

If you are a student that has interest in participating in Junior High Jazz Band, please contact Mr. Mark Scheitel at mascheitel@msn.com

Instrumental Extracurricular Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

Color Guard

The use of flags, as well as dance and movement, is part of the exciting experience of Color Guard. This group performs with the competitive marching band during the fall season. The Color Guard is a vital visual representation of the music and drill team. One exciting dimension of Color Guard is the costumes utilized by members to add dramatic effect to the “storytelling” aspect of the overall presentation. These costumes are designed to fit the theme/era of the music being presented. Color guard strives to connect our audience musically, physically, emotionally, and visually to the sights and sounds on the field.

To learn more about involvement with Color Guard, contact Ms. Britian at mbritain@rcsmn.org

Hi-Lighters

Our LHS jazz and improvisational instrumental ensemble, the Hi-Lighters performs both locally and regionally. The Hi-Lighters is an audition only ensemble with auditions held in the fall. Once the group is established for the year, our jazz musicians gather weekly for practice. The Hi- Lighters perform at galas, conferences, concerts, schools, competitions, jazz festivals and other venues to the delight of a wide variety of audiences. Be a part of dynamic musical ensemble which routinely receives enthusiastic response!

To learn more about involvement with Hi-Lighters, contact Ms. Nicole Skifton at
at nskifton@rcsmn.org

Jazz Combo

Jazz Combo is a non-audition Jazz Group welcoming all instruments and skill levels. In Jazz combo, students;

  • Understand the basic fundamental elements of jazz music including melody and rhythm .
  • Participate in processes associated with jazz music including listening, performing, notating, analyzing, and creating (improvisation).
  • Enhance comprehension of jazz historical musical genres
  • Read and interpret jazz music at an intermediate level.
To learn more about involvement in Jazz Combo, contact Ms. Skifton at
at nskifton@rcsmn.org

Winter Drum line

Winter Drum line is a competitive indoor percussion ensemble that is open to students through audition. This ensemble incorporates the elements of musicality, marching, and theater into its performances. The drum line season includes local, regional, and national shows. Catch the beat! Come join us!

To learn more about involvement with Winter Drum line, contact Mr. Krueger at
at lkrueger@rcsmn.org

Winter Guard

Winter guard is a competitive marching activity similar yet separate from the LHS Marching Band Color Guard. In Winter Guard, students perform choreographed steps with flags, rifles, sabers, and air blades giving music participants an exciting platform on which to perform.

The LHS Winter Guard performs at events such as basketball games and Winter Guard competitions. The season runs from December-April. No audition is necessary and LHS Winter Guard is open to RCS students in grades 7-12.

The LHS Winter Guard is an excellent opportunity for making new friends and developing new skills. We welcome all current LHS music students to join winter guard as it helps prepare you with experience for your other musical endeavors such as the color guard section of marching band.