Secondary students band together in musical celebration

Superband? More like super talent.

On May 5 Bishop Ryan welcomed St. Thomas More, St. Mary, Cathedral, Cardinal Newman, and St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic secondary schools for a celebration of music that highlighted the exceptional instrumental talent across the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

The event took place in the Bishop Ryan Performing Arts Theatre and showcased jazz bands, stage bands, concert bands and drum lines performing before their peers and elementary feeder schools.

"There's a lot to celebrate in our system," said Superintendent of Education, Sandie Pizzuti. "We really have invested in the arts, because we believe the arts engages youth, helps you find your passion, and helps you recognize the gifts and talents you were gifted with as well."

Superband is an opportunity for students to highlight all their hard work, while enhancing student engagement and connecting with other students across the board who share their same passion.

"The whole philosophy behind this day is for us to experience musicianship across our school board. It’s developmental in every way and it's co-curricular in every way," said Director Dave Tabone.

Tabone kicked off the show with the BR Celtic Fusion, which included arrangements of "Lightning," "Galatic Episode," and "Beauty and the Beast," followed by the BR Celtic Groove Jazz Band which highlighted Grade 9 vocalist Elle Delizo during a performance of "Girl from Ipanema."

A non-competitive event, schools showed enthusiastic support as each band took their turn on stage to jam and have fun.

Bringing the big screen to the theatre, the CN Concert Band performed soundtracks to crowd pleasing movies, like Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the theme from The Godfather.

"It was definitely worth the preparation and dedication to attend and participate in an event filled with musicians from all over our school board," said grade 10 St. Jean de Brébeuf student Robin. "I can't wait for next year!"

Under the direction of Dave Curto, Robin joined the SJB Concert Band to perform high energy pieces, called "Whirlwind" and "Majestica," before finishing with a medley of tunes from the legendary band "Queen."

Closing the show, Director Rob Santos of the STM's Jazz Ensemble noted the benefits of Superband extend further than musical talent, saying his students aim at not only developing their skills as a musician, but as a "well-rounded person."

"Research shows, that the art of improvisation improves self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and improves overall well-being."

A huge applause to every band that helped make Superband another successful event!




Secondary students band together in musical celebration
Under the Direction of Rob Santos, the STM Jazz Ensemble has won various medals at Heritage Festivals in New York, Chicago, Boston, Quebec and Ottawa. Throughout the academic year, the band performs at various school events, school assemblies, Grade 8 Information Night, Festivals and local venues. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.
Under the Direction of Rob Santos, the STM Jazz Ensemble has won various medals at Heritage Festivals in New York, Chicago, Boston, Quebec and Ottawa. Throughout the academic year, the band performs at various school events, school assemblies, Grade 8 Information Night, Festivals and local venues. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.

Under the direction of Corey Pearce, St. Mary Marching Arts brought its school spirit as members showed off their drumming skills.
Under the direction of Corey Pearce, St. Mary Marching Arts brought its school spirit as members showed off their drumming skills.

The BR Celtic Groove Jazz Band is currently in its second year of existence under the direction of Dave Tabone. Performing a variety of swing, blues, Latin and funk tunes, the Celtic Groove enjoys improvising and working on creative arrangements.
The BR Celtic Groove Jazz Band is currently in its second year of existence under the direction of Dave Tabone. Performing a variety of swing, blues, Latin and funk tunes, the Celtic Groove enjoys improvising and working on creative arrangements.

Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.
Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.

Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.
Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.

Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick
Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick

In addition to performing regularly for feeder schools, Cathedral Concert Band has also participated in the heritage music festival in both New York City and Chicago. Under the direction of Mike Walker, the band is made up of students from grade 9 – 12.
In addition to performing regularly for feeder schools, Cathedral Concert Band has also participated in the heritage music festival in both New York City and Chicago. Under the direction of Mike Walker, the band is made up of students from grade 9 – 12.

Founded in 1999 under the Director of Dave Tabone, the BR Celtic Fusion has made a name for themselves, receiving many silver medals in past heritage music festivals in New York City, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Washington D.C., and Boston.
Founded in 1999 under the Director of Dave Tabone, the BR Celtic Fusion has made a name for themselves, receiving many silver medals in past heritage music festivals in New York City, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Washington D.C., and Boston.

“The SJB Concert Band is made up of dedicated music students from grade 9 – 12. The only prerequisite for being a member of the ensemble is a love of music and at least one music course,” says Director Dave Curto. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.
“The SJB Concert Band is made up of dedicated music students from grade 9 – 12. The only prerequisite for being a member of the ensemble is a love of music and at least one music course,” says Director Dave Curto. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.

 Under the direction of Andreja Racki-Mahovlich, Cardinal Newman Concert Band has a long and proud history of successful endeavours placing 1st and 2nd in The Golden Horseshoe Musicfests 10 straight years in a row, and placing Platinum and Gold in The Classic Music Festivals held in Philadelphia, Charleston South Carolina, and Washington. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.
Under the direction of Andreja Racki-Mahovlich, Cardinal Newman Concert Band has a long and proud history of successful endeavours placing 1st and 2nd in The Golden Horseshoe Musicfests 10 straight years in a row, and placing Platinum and Gold in The Classic Music Festivals held in Philadelphia, Charleston South Carolina, and Washington. Photo by Connie Fitzpatrick.

Secondary students band together in musical celebration
Secondary students band together in musical celebration
Secondary students band together in musical celebration