Instrumental Music

Performance Ensembles

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Marching Band

The Padua Franciscan “Marching Bruins” are comprised of students of all grades and ability levels who play any wind or percussion instruments, dance, or would like to spin a flag.  The marching band performs at all varsity football games, pep rallies, and other selected events such as parades or band shows through out the year.  Other performances in recent years have included:  The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Parma Labor Day Parade, Downtown Cleveland’s “Winterfest”, and band shows in the surrounding communities.  Throughout the first semester, the band rehearses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  All members must attend summer band camp during two weeks of July.  Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals and performances unless approved by the director in advance of any absences.  Course grade and credit are awarded at the end of the first semester (1/4 credit).

Dance Team

The Padua Franciscan “Bruinettes” Dance Team is one unit of the Padua Franciscan Marching Band. The Bruinettes are comprised of 10-14 girls who are accepted by audition only. Dance experience is highly recommended. Auditions are typically in April and last for a few days, all of which are mandatory. The Bruinettes are responsible for all rehearsals and performances as outlined by the Padua Franciscan Marching Band schedule.

Color Guard

The Padua Franciscan Color Guard is one unit of the Padua Franciscan Marching Band. The guard is comprised of 10 – 14 girls who are accepted by audition only. No prior flag experience is necessary – skills needed will be taught at auditions. Auditions are typically in April and last for a few days, all of which are mandatory. The color guard is responsible for all rehearsals and performances as outlined by the Padua Franciscan Marching Band schedule.

Orchestra

Orchestra is open to all string performers and selected wind and percussion players. This group performs a wide variety of serious musical literature as well as popular, representing all of the major periods of musical composition. Performance opportunities include four major concerts, OMEA contests, string festivals, public events and school performances. Each year many members are invited to perform in the orchestra pit for the spring musical. This group will also go on tour to local elementary schools in the spring. (1 credit)

Stage Band

This musical group meets before first period to study and practice compositions from various periods of popular music. Performance opportunities include four major school concerts as well as the grade school tour. (1/2 credit)

String Quartet

Upperclass students who play the violin, viola, or cello can participate in String Quartet by appointment of the instructor.

Symphonic Band

This group is open to advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players. This group performs a wide variety of serious musical literature as well as popular, representing all of the major periods of musical composition. Performance opportunities include four major concerts, OMEA contests, string festivals, public events and school performances. Each year many members are invited to perform in the orchestra pit for the spring musical. This group will also go on tour to local elementary schools in the spring. Students audition for the instructor. (1 credit).

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