As far as I know CTK has never had a band program during the school day that coexists with academics. When I stepped in 3 years ago we had an after school MUSE band program that was costly and did not seem like the right fit for CTK. 2 years ago we moved to me as the director and organizer of an after school beginning band program. Today we now have 15 fourth-sixth graders in a beginning band program that practices twice a week after school.
As a new Catholic band parent I have noticed that Catholic schools in Portland do not have thriving or robust band programs during the school day. I would like CTK to be on the map as one of the only catholic schools in Portland that offer a co-curricular band program during the school day. I think this would draw more parents to the school and benefit all aspects of the CTK community.
I encourage you to watch a few of these videos describing how important playing a musical instrument can be for a child.- http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/studentdevelopment/
As listed in this video, playing in band is the only thing in school that activates all aspects of the brain. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw4vqll9cAM
This video describes how hard band can be and why it drives for perfection. It also talks about the percentages and grading of how music sounds. "A piece of music at 95% or academically a grade of A sound bad."
These videos and this advocacy is not to convince you, the parent, to turn your children into musicians. Band is here to develop children into future leaders of today.
"The greatest scientists are artists as well," said Albert Einstein
"If I had not studied music, there would be no Macintosh computers today." Steve Jobs
I encourage you to think about supporting the Band program at CTK, this is an investment on a developing mind.
Thank you for your time. John Donnelly