The instrumental music program at GRACE provides students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to participate in band. In addition to band, high school students can participate in a strings elective class.
Students can start band in fourth grade and continue in band though twelfth grade. The performing groups we have are as follows:
- 4th Grade Band
- 5th Grade Band
- 6th Grade Band
- 7th/8th Grade Band
- High School Band
- Brass Ensemble
The 4th grade band performs twice a year, once at Christmas and again in the spring. The 5th and 6th grade bands have four performances a year. The first one is Grandparents’ Day in the fall, the Christmas program, the spring Barnes & Noble Book Fair, and a concert in the spring. The 6th grade band also participates in the ACSI Fine Arts Festival.
The 7th/8th and high school groups put on several concerts per year. Performance opportunities include Grandparents’ Day, trips to two assisted livings during the Christmas season, the ACSI Fine Arts Festival in March, the Christmas Concert, and a chapel performance. High School students have the additional opportunity to play in the annual spring musical under the direction of the Theatre Department.
In 2013-2014 GRACE introduced its first strings elective class. A small dedicated group of students brought their instruments, their talent, and their enthusiasm to launch this class, now in its fourth year. Students should be able to play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double base) and want to play together in an ensemble. Music will be arranged for differing abilities within the group. This ensemble will perform at GRACE’s Grandparents Day, Winter concert, Fine Arts Chapel, and Spring concert.