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Band

Our Band Program

The Pinecrest Academy Band program was founded in the Fall of 2009 with fewer than 100 beginning band students in grades 4th-11th. Nineteen months later the band performed at the Heritage Music Festival in New York City, winning their class, and receiving an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall the following spring. Since then, the private school band has been invited to perform at many prestigious music festivals throughout the world.

The High School Wind Symphony has performed in world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Band performed at the US Bands National Concert Band Festival at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, PA in the spring of 2018. Students have also performed at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and received an invitation to perform for the Pope at the Vatican for the “Day of Peace”.

Throughout the years our program has commissioned, and premiered, several new works for the wind band repertoire from distinguished composers including Jack Stamp, Colonel Don Schofield, and Leonard Insalaca. We also brought in world class college conductors several times a year to work with our bands, including directors from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the University of Maryland, and the University of Georgia.

Our students have performed in numerous honor bands including the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All-State Band, the GMEA All-District Bands, the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) All-Select Bands, University of Georgia Honor Bands “Janfest”, Troy University Honor Bands, Young Harris College Honor Bands, and the Reinhardt University Honor Band. Our bands have received superior ratings at every evaluated festival they have participated in.

Although our award-winning Band program may be small in numbers, we have achieved a great level of success in a short period of time. In line with our motto “Catholic Formation through Performance in Band” the smaller numbers allow each student more individualized attention from the instructors, and the ability to form lifelong friendships with their fellow band mates.

Courses

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  • 4th Grade Recorder Band

    This class is geared for students who are preparing to play in 5th-grade band by learning recorder.  The class meets twice a week and will focus on reading notes and rhythms, tone development, technique, articulation, breathing, listening, and goal setting. They perform on the Christmas program, Dessert Concert, Lower School Showcase, and Band Spring Concert.
  • 5th Grade Band

    This class is geared for students who are learning a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument for the first time. The class meets twice a week and will focus on reading notes and rhythms, tone development, technique, articulation, breathing, listening, and goal setting. They perform on the Christmas program, Dessert Concert, Lower School Showcase, and Band Spring Concert.
  • Middle School Symphonic Band (Advanced)

    This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of wind performance. Emphasis is placed on tone quality, intonation, phrasing, breathing, technique, reading, listening, and goal setting. This class is designed for the student with a minimum of 1 year experience in band. Instruments offered are flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and concert percussion. Students will perform in concert in both the fall and spring semesters and may require rehearsals outside of the school day. They perform on the Band Fall Concert, Christmas program, and Band Spring Concert.
  • High School Wind Symphony

    This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of wind performance. Emphasis is placed on tone quality, intonation, phrasing, breathing, technique, reading, listening, and goal setting. It is an honors level course and is designed for the advanced musician who has 3 years of prior experience. Instruments offered are flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and concert percussion. Students will perform in concert in both the fall and spring semesters and may require rehearsals outside of the school day. They perform on the Band Fall Concert, Christmas program, Open House, Band Spring Concert, Graduation, and at a National Music Festival each spring.

Meet Our Band Instructor

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  • Jason Sneath, Director of Bands

    Mr. Sneath's responsibilities include the Director of the 4th and 5th grade Paladin Bands, Middle School Band, and the High School Wind Symphony Band.
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Here's what parents and students are saying:

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  • Lisa Gonzalez, Parent

    Michael loves everything about Pinecrest, but being in the Band has provided unique experiences, wonderful friendships, and many opportunities for personal growth that have made all the difference in his education.  And, joining the drum line this year has been the icing on the cake (with cherries on top!). He has shown such ownership and maturity when it comes to this group, and the bond that these kids are developing is truly special to witness.
  • Christine Welsko, Alumni Parent

    The Band program proved to be one of the greatest lifelong gifts our daughter Lizzy received during her 14 years at Pinecrest Academy. She started playing in 5th grade and grew her talent through the years to make All-District Band for five consecutive years. She served in officer positions for four years and as Band Captain her Senior year. The program is run in such a way that students develop inner discipline to practice and strive for far-reaching goals of talent and leadership. Lizzy enjoyed the camaraderie of time spent with multiple grade levels of both boys and girls, and annual trips to musical competitions, which formed a tight bond centered on performances of excellence. Participating in the band program is one of Lizzy's favorite memories, so much so that she has incorporated music into her college experience.
  • Ryan Clever, Student

    Band at Pinecrest Academy is an experience like no other. Learning to play an instrument and being able to make others happy while playing it is the most exhilarating feeling. Music really has changed my life, and has changed the way I see the world and others. Some of my best friends have come out of band and I know that they will always have my back because we all have something in common - our love for music!

Awards & Accolades

  • Performed at New York Heritage Music Festival - Straight Superior Ratings, 1st Place - 2011
  • Performed at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall, New York City - 2012 (not rated)
  • Performed at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center -2013 (not rated)
  • Performed at the Worldstrides Festival of Gold at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL - 2014 (not rated)
  • Performed at Worldstrides OnStage! Music Festival in Williamsburg, VA - Straight Superior Ratings, 2nd place overall - 2016
  • Performed at Worldstrides OnStage! Music Festival at Universal Studios - Straight Superior Ratings, 1st Place - 2017
  • Performance scheduled for the US Bands National Concert Band Festival - Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA - 2018 (not rated)
  • Received numerous invitations to perform at prestigious music festivals throughout the world

Honors, Guest Conductors & World Premiers

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  • Guest University Conductors

    Dr. Ken Dye, University of Notre Dame
    Prof. Gary Green, Frost School of Music at the University of Miami
    Dr. David Gregory, Georgia Wind Symphony
    Dr. Douglas A. Harris, Western Kentucky University
    Prof. John Kilkenny, George Mason University
    Dr. Mary Land, Young Harris College
    Dr. Mike Robinson, University of Georgia
    Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, University of Maryland
    Dr. Jack Stamp, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Cynthia Johnson Turner, University of Georgia
    Dr. Jason Worzbyt, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Student Honor Band Participation

    GMEA All-State Band
    GMEA All-District Band
    GISA All-Select Band
    UGA Honor Band “Janfest”
    Troy University Honor Band
    Young Harris College Honor Band
    Reinhardt University Honor Band
  • World Premieres

    Were You There? - Leonard Insalaca
    Hallelujah Fanfare - Don Schofield
    Ellacombe Variations - Jack Stamp
    Heroic Fanfare - Leonard Insalaca
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