Band

Cardinal Gibbons Band Program

The Cardinal Gibbons Band Program provides students the opportunity to explore the genres of Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and Chamber Music in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. The program seeks to foster individual interests in conjunction with the full ensemble, while educating students in the mediums of self-confidence and self-discipline.

Click here for a complete list of courses.

2018 - 2019 Performances

The Wind Ensemble performs as a Pep Band at all Friday Home Football games:
* August 24th
* September 7th (Family Football Night)
* October 5th (Homecoming)
* October 19th (Middle School Band Night)
* November 2nd (Gibbons Senior Night)
* November 9th & 16th (1st & 2nd Round Playoff Games)

Both Bands perform three required Sunday formal concerts each year:
* December 9th, 2018 - Br. Michel Bettigole Christmas Music Festival
* February 10th, 2019 - St. Francis Jazz & Pop Music Festival
* May 5th, 2019 - Sisters of Notre Dame Spring Music Festival

The Wind Ensemble marches as a Pep Band in the Raleigh St. Patrick's Parade:
* March 16th, 2019 - Saturday Parade will be 9 - 11:30am

Both Bands participates in a Spring Trip each year:
* Performance at The Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina
* Friday April 12th, 2018 - All Day Trip

The Wind Ensemble performs at our Graduation Ceremony:
*
May 26th, 2019 - Sunday from 11am to 4pm

**All performances are required as part of our Wind Ensemble and/or Symphonic Band classes**

Where Have We Been?

Recent Performances

In the Royal Gardens at Tryon Palace (New Bern, NC)

          On the steps of The Biltmore Estates (Asheville, NC)

Playing at Friday Night Football Games

Providing spirit at our Homecoming Pep Rally

Sharing our gifts during All-School Mass


Formal On-Campus Concerts and Performances

Recent Student Achievements

Recent Student Achievements!

Members of the Cardinal Gibbons High School band have received numerous honors and awards including All-State Orchestra, All-State Band, All-District Jazz Band, and the NCAIS Honor Band. Below are some of our more recent accolades:

Congratulations to Alexander Waguespack (Junior - Alto Sax) on placing in the University of North Carolina - Wilmington on November 30 - December 1.

Congratulations to the following students on placing and performing in the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Honor Band for 2018!

James Brooks - Trumpet (6th Chair)
Amanda Currie - Clarinet (7th Chair)
Johann Galilea - Alto Sax (3rd Chair)
Jackson Griffin - Trombone (4th Chair)
Erich Kronschnabel - Trombone (1st Chair)
Carolyn Padfield - Flute (4th Chair)
Samantha Roberson - French Horn (1st Chair)
Aidan Sessler - Trumpet (11th Chair)
Alexander Tudor - Euphonium (2nd Chair)
Alexander Waguespack - Alto Sax (1st Chair)
Ruairi Ward - Flute (6th Chair)

Congratulations to Samantha Robeson (Freshman - Horn) on placing 6th Chair in the NC Central All-District 9 - 10 Honor Band at UNC Chapel Hill!

Congratulations to all of these students on proudly representing the Gibbons Band Program!

Ask about how you can be a part of these great ensembles and musical opportunities!

Become A Member

Placement Audition

Placement auditions are an opportunity for incoming students to get to know the Mr. Cashin, the band class offerings, and learn about all potential music opportunities at Cardinal Gibbons.

Auditions are for placement in one of the two band classes, not for whether you will be accepted into the band program. At Gibbons, Band is a family and we want you to be a part of ours!

Band Placement Audition Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Band Room #135

Please RSVP to Mr. Cashin at mcashin@cghsnc.org so we can plan for your arrival.

Students may play any major scales that they know, and two small excerpts of music from a recent band concert. Make-up auditions are by appointment only.

The deferment policy for Health/PE applies.

Symphonic Band Class

Course: Symphonic Band* (Honors Option)

Grade Level(s): 9-12; Pre-requisites: None; Credit: 1

Symphonic Band is a course for students with no prior band experience, students who have been out of a band class for one or more years, or students seeking a fundamental review on their instruments. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of playing a specific instrument, reading music and music theory. Students will prepare to perform their own material, and some material with the Wind Ensemble on major concerts. Students should provide their own instruments unless other arrangements are made with the instructor.

Wind Ensemble Class

Course: Wind Ensemble* (Honors Option)
Grade Level(s): 9-12
Pre-requisites: Symphonic Band or teacher recommendation
Credit: 1

Wind Ensemble is a course for students who have met the standards for Symphonic Band. Members will learn aspects of playing an instrument, including reading music, completion of a music theory book each semester, and performing various wind band literature (Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Jazz Band and Small Ensemble). Concerts, Gibbons home football games, specified community parades and home practice are required. Students should provide their own instruments unless other arrangements are made with the instructor.

Comprehensive information about all Band Courses may be viewed on the CGHS course description pages.

Middle School Band Partnerships

Middle School Band Partnerships

Middle School Band musicians have many opportunities to experience what band will be like at Cardinal Gibbons before even stepping foot into the band room! Here are just a few of the ways your middle school band student can become involved at Cardinal Gibbons:

Jazz & Pops Festival Performance!

Middle School Band Programs are able to perform on the Cardinal Gibbons Jazz Festival, which takes place in the Mainstage Theatre on our campus. This is a unique opportunity for current middle school students to perform in a high school auditorium in a professional music setting!

This year's Jazz Festival will take place on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 from 1 - 4PM

Participating Schools

2016: Immaculata, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Thomas More
2017: Cathedral, Franciscan, Immaculata, St. Michael's
2018: Cathedral, Our Lady of Lordes, Immaculata

Play with our Pep Band!

Current 6th - 8th Graders are able to Perform with the
Gibbons Pep Band at a High School Football Game!

Thank you to our 20 Band Members who joined us in 2018

Here are the details of our Friday, October 19th Fellowship Performance:

Attire: School or Band T-Shirt and Jeans (Sweatshirt if they are cold).
4:45-5 pm: Drop Off at CG Band Room.
5:00-5:30 pm: Socialize and Eat! By the way, parents can always tailgate with the band parents outside of the band room two! If they are interested, it is a potluck meal.
5:30-6 pm: Practice with our HS and MS school student leader
6-6:20 pm: Full band practice
6:20-7 pm: March to stadium, playing in parking lot for tailgating
7:00 pm: National anthem performance with all students
7:05-8:30 pm (Approximate): Perform and/or hang out in the stands with our band as we cheer on the football team!
8:30-8:45 pm (Approximate): MS kids perform or watch halftime performance with Cardinal Gibbons Band
8:45-9:15 pm: Students are picked up by parents at CGHS

Partnering Directors

Click on the Director's Name to contact them!

Matthew Barbee: The Franciscan School Director

Mark Cashin: Cathedral School & Our Lady of Lourdes Director

Susan Fritts: St. Timothy's Episcopal School Director

Andrew Hawks: St. Raphael Catholic Schools Director

Matt McLaughlin: Immaculata Catholic School Director

Jacobi Davis: St. Mary Magdalene Director

Judy Okamoto: St. Michael the Archangel School Director


For more information, contact Mark Cashin, Director of Bands
Follow us on Twitter: @band_cghsnc

SUMMER WIND ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

 

July 9 - 13, 2018
9am to 4pm

Grades: Rising 9th through 12th Grade
(At minimum 3 full years of playing experience on current instrument)

Description:
The Cardinal Gibbons Wind Ensemble Camp is for all Band Instruments (including Percussion) and allows students to further their individual musicianship while enhancing their ensemble performance skills.

We will study fundamentals, chorales, small group and full group band pieces. Sections will have their own instructor for the week of camp.

Equipment: Students must provide their own instrument, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis. Percussionists should bring a pair of SD-1 General Drum Sticks by Vic Firth.

Camp with conclude with a short performance for parents on the final day of camp at 3:00 pm

 

Register Here!

 

SUMMER SYMPHONIC BAND PROGRAM

July 16-20, 2018
9am to 4pm

Grades: Rising 6th through 9th Grade
(At minimum 1 year of playing experience on current instrument)

Description:
The Cardinal Gibbons Symphonic Band Camp is for all Band Instruments (including Percussion) and allows students to further their individual musicianship while enhancing their ensemble performance skills.

We will study fundamentals, chorales, small group and full group band pieces. Sections will have their own instructor for the week of camp.

Equipment: Students must provide their own instrument, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis. Percussionists should bring a pair of SD-1 General Drum Sticks by Vic Firth.

Camp with conclude with a short performance for parents on the final day of camp at 3:00 pm

Register Here!