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!