Symphonic Band is Cardinal Newman’s primary ensemble for students who have experience playing traditional band instruments. This group is held to high standards of musical performance and understanding. The students in this group also participate in the Cardinal Newman Marching Band, which plays at all home varsity football games in the fall of each year. Students in this ensemble are encouraged to participate in statewide auditions and festivals that happen annually, such as SCBDA Region Band Clinic, the All-State Band Clinic, the USC Band Clinic, the Winthrop and Furman Band Clinics. Each clinic is an extremely valuable learning opportunity for students to be around other musicians from other schools, and receive direction from other esteemed conductors. The Symphonic Band is made up of the two courses: Woodwind/Percussion and Brass Classes.
Beginning Band is Cardinal Newman’s band course for students who have little to no experience playing traditional band instruments. The goal of this course is for students to gain the knowledge necessary to move up to Symphonic Band and begin playing the repertoire appropriate for high school band students.