Band Program

Providence Academy is proud to offer a comprehensive wind band experience for students in grades 5-12. During the second semester of their 4th grade year, students begin the process of instrument selection though a hands-on introduction and trial facilitated by an expert on that instrument. Once a final instrument is chosen, LS students are placed in the Cadet Band and begin weekly lessons and group rehearsals.

After one year in the Cadet Band, students continue their musical training as members of the Concert Band in grades 6-8 and the Symphonic Band in grades 9-12. Students attend weekly individual lessons and meet as a complete ensemble four times each week throughout their scholastic career.

Students who transfer into Providence Academy are also welcome to join the band program at any grade level. These students will meet with the band director to create an individualized course of study appropriate to their current performance level.

PA Bands are proud to have a repeated history of musical excellence as demonstrated through multiple superior ratings at MSHSL Large Group and MSHSL Solo/Ensemble contest. In addition, PA is regularly represented by players in many regional honor bands such as the CMBDA Honor Band, UST Honor Band Festival, and the Minnesota Music Educators All-State Band/Orchestra Program.

Cadet Band (5th Grade)

Rehearsals: School Day (one time per week)
Private Lessons: School Day (one time per week)
Performances: Evening (Three times a year)

Concert Band (Grades 6-8)

Rehearsals: School Day (four times a week)
Private Lessons: School Day (one time a week)
Performances: Evening (Three during the year)

Symphonic Band (Grades 9-12)

Rehearsals: School Day (four times a week)
Private Lessons: School Day (once a week)
Performances: Evening (four times a year), MSHSL

Pep Band (9-12)*

Performances: (12-15 Athletic Events each year)

Jazz Band (9-12)*

Rehearsals: Before School (once a week)
Performances: Two to Three times per year

*Jazz and Pep Bands are subsets of Symphonic Band.

PA Wind Instrument Choices

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Contra Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion (Must have prior piano background and instructor approval)
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