At St. Giles School we are very proud of our Band Program.
More than one hundred 4th through 8th graders participate in Band every year. Band truly provides one of the special extras of a St. Giles education. Students participate in a curriculum of full rehearsals, sectionals and private lessons taught by professional musicians. Band is a fee-based program.
In the Spring, interested third graders are introduced to various instruments, choose one to play, and often sign up for summer lessons. Students new to the band join the Beginning Band and progress to Concert Band after one year. From the Concert Band, students then progress to the Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of music including classical, jazz and popular selections.
In addition, students who have an interest in performing more jazz and rock style music can join Jazz Band I and graduate to Jazz Band II.
Mr. Bob Gloppen conducts the Beginning, Concert, and Wind Ensemble Bands. Mr. Mike Knauf conducts the Jazz bands. Both can be reached through St. Giles School 708-383-6279.
Band Recognition and Awards
The band performs in several concerts, festivals and assemblies each year. Outstanding students perform as soloists in concerts and contests. Also, students have an opportunity of competing for annual scholarships offered by the band. Last year Band members participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association Honors Band Festival at Chicago State University. One student was awarded first chair Tenor Saxaphone in the top Honors Jazz Band. Jazz Bands One and Two joined the Guerin Prep High School Jazz Band for a special Jazz Night performance.
8th Grade Liturgical Choir
Eighth grade singers and musicians led by the parish music minister and eighth grade teacher prepare songs for the monthly all school masses, the junior high weekly mass, and other special liturgies. The choir practices during lunch on selected days.
Children’s Liturgical Choir
Interested fourth through seventh graders led by the parish music minister and St. Giles music teacher prepare songs for special weekend and some all-school liturgies. They are joined by other youth singers from the parish for weekend liturgies. The choir practices during lunch on selected days.