School Mass Choir
- Open to grades 3-8.
- Rehearsals are during the day at recess.
- We sing as weekly mass and the Christmas program. From that group, the 6th-8th grade students are a “select” group that do a little more, such as extra songs and singing in the spring concert.
Parish Children’s Choir
- a.k.a the “Sunday mass choir”
Stay tuned for updates!
Hand Chime Choir
- Students in grades 7-8 can audition.
- Rehearse during the day at activity period.
- No after school commitment except for a couple of performances.
- Typically held in April or May.
- Open to students in grades 6-8.
- Auditions are in December and rehearsals begin in January.
- 7th and 8th graders can also be a part of stage crew.
Through cooperation with Bishop McDevitt High School and Saint Catherine Laboure, students in fourth through eighth grade have the opportunity to join the instrumental program and explore the joys of playing a band instrument. Students will develop the skills needed to perform each instrument with proper technique, read notated music, and perform in an ensemble. Being a service offered by Bishop McDevitt High School, yearly tuition to participate in the instrumental program is required.
The SCLS instrumental program is separated into three groups:
4th Grade Band – Performs “beginner” level music with a focus on proper tone production and beginning ensemble skills.
5th/6th Grade Band – Performs grade .5 and grade 1 level music building on the musical and ensemble skills learned in previous years.
7th/8th Grade Band – Performs grade 1, grade 1.5, and grade 2 level music developing higher-level musicianship skills and preparing the students to be successful musicians in high school.
If your student is a first year band student (all 4th and 5th grade students and any additional 6th-8th grade students who have never participated in band) and they do not have an instrument, please plan to attend Instrument Rental Night in the Band Room of Bishop McDevitt High School. That is set for Monday, September 11th at 6:00 PM. In addition to being an informational night about the elementary instrumental music program, representatives from our partner music store Loser’s in Lebanon will be on hand taking registrations for their rent to own instrument program. This will also be the only time we will accept payments and checks for the program for the year, after that night they will have to be mailed to or paid over the phone to Bishop McDevitt High School. If you are unable to attend this event and would like to utilize Loser’s for your instrument, Mr. Miscannon will have additional forms from Loser’s after the event.
Middle School Band Day – Each year Bishop McDevitt hosts Middle School Band Day. Students in 6th through 8th grade from all the partner schools spend the day at Bishop McDevitt for a day of instrumental music in a festival setting for all students. Typically the students will prepare five or six songs through small group practice and full ensemble rehearsal to perform at a concert that evening.
2023-24 Information for Band beginning in 5th grade:
You tube video- Introduction video: This video should be viewed by all participating families and students. Returning students only need to watch to the four minute mark. Any new student should watch the entirety of the video, as the last eleven minutes go into the instruments offered as part of the program.
Loser’s Music Video: For any families purchasing an instrument, this is a video from our partner music store. You are not required to use Loser’s music to obtain an instrument for your student, but we highly recommend them for both reasons of quality of service and quality of instruments they deal in.
Extra Instrumental Opportunities
McDevitt Middle School Jazz Band – Combined with students from other partner schools, students in 6th through 8th grade who are interested in jazz and pop-oriented music can participate in this traditional jazz band setting. Middle School Jazz typically practices once a week after school at Bishop McDevitt. Mr. Miscannon is in charge of Middle School Jazz and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
McDevitt Crusader Marching Band – Students in 7th and 8th grade are invited to join the high school students in the Crusader Marching Band. The marching band can be seen at all McDevitt football games, Tournament of Bands competitions, and local parades. The marching band season begins during the summer and continues throughout the football season with sparse events throughout the year.