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 program has more than doubled in size, includes six concert bands, and 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 will perform in Spring 2018 at the US Bands National Concert Band Festival at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, PA. 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 bring 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 over the past nine years.
Pinecrest Academy has partnered with the Ascension Music Academy to offer private lessons on all band instruments and piano, instruction in music theory and composition, ensemble coaching, and college/honor band audition preparation and recording, all with the convenience of never having to leave campus.
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 bandmates.