The mission of Brother Martin High School is to form young people through a holistic education that fosters academic excellence in a caring, disciplined community which integrates Catholic tradition and the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to meet the needs of a changing world.
This is a full-credit elective course that meets five times a week during the school day. Band is also available to eighth graders – (See Eighth Grade section for details.) Brother Martin’s instrumental performing ensembles appear in public more than forty times per year. Attendance at all out-of-school rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Homework in the form of practice is assigned nightly. The Band program utilizes SmartMusic, an on-line music practice tool, which fosters good practice techniques and the enables the Director to assess musical progress. Other forms of technology are utilized to further aid in the understanding of music theory and creativity.
The Band Department has a limited supply of school-owned instruments for rent. These include percussion equipment, tubas, French horns, baritone horns, oboes, piccolos and bassoons. Rental is $70 per year. In addition, the Crusader marching Band members are assessed a $70 uniform cleaning and refreshment fee for soft drinks at football games. Several local music stores are available to rent brand new instruments for a nominal fee. The advantage to doing this is a readily available opportunity for repair and replacement of band instruments, if necessary.
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals and techniques involved in creating various art forms. Basic elements of artistic design such as color theory, shading, and perspective are covered in depth. Studio activities and assignments include drawing, painting, relief printing, drafting and architecture.
This course is designed to further the students knowledge and skill level in the areas covered in Art I, with special emphasis on the historical perspective of each area covered.
This course is designed to concentrate on the techniques of drawing, painting, and sculpture in a highly individualized learning environment. Prerequisite: Art II and teacher approval.
Art II Technical / Art III Technical
This course is an introduction to the computer as a tool for artistic expression. Students will explore new aesthetic discourses which are unique to computer imagery and learn about digital techniques that are capable of extending traditional forms of artistic expression. Prerequisite: Art I
Fine Arts Survey
This course is a one credit elective intended to develop in the students an appreciation of visual art, theatre, music, and movement. This survey course includes speech, drama, drawing, voice, and an introduction to instrumental music.
Ninth graders with little or no previous band experience may enroll in Beginning Band Class which meets daily. Interested students must schedule an appointment with the band director before selecting this course. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available and may be rented at the discretion of the director.
Students with well-developed musical skills may be placed in Advanced Band, a class which consists of Marching Band and Concert Band. The Crusader Marching Band is organized for performances at marching festivals and contests, half-time shows and Mardi Gras parades. The group rehearses daily during the fourth, fifth, and sixth periods and from 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday and Thursday during football season. After football season, the Concert Band functions as the top instrumental performing ensemble. Membership is by audition and is limited to outstanding players. The Concert Band participates in the L.M.E.A.Concert Band Assessment and performs a variety of concerts and school-wide Liturgies throughout the year. Students may letter in the Crusader Marching Band after three years of service.
Pep Band & Stage Band (See Extracurriculars)
Advanced Chorus (1st year)
Advanced Chorus (2nd year)
Advanced Chorus (3rd year)
Advanced Chorus (4th year)
Chorus class is a full-credit elective course which meets daily. It provides training and experience singing music especially selected for high school male voices. These experiences are planned to develop a love for singing, to encourage participation in choral activities at school and in community, to give students a working knowledge of the principles of good singing, to acquaint them with some of the masterpieces of choral literature and to give proper training to maturing voices. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.
Mr. Dominick Caronna, Jr. ’85, B.M.E., Department Chair
Mr. Chris Bailey ’86, B.A.
Mr. Kevin Caparotta ’88, M.Ed.
Mr. Donald Guidry, M.A.
Mr. David Joyner, M.F.A., M.Ed.