'Tis the Season' for the Crusader Chorus Christmas Concert

On Tuesday evening, December 12, the harmonious sounds of the Crusader Chorus and Alumni Chorus filled St. Catherine of Siena Church for their annual Christmas Concert. Not only was all of the Crusader Chorus present, but the Alumni Chorus was featured alongside the Crusader Chorus, as they sang for Brother Martin families and friends. Over 100 chorus members performed an array of songs while Mr. Kevin Caparotta ’88 served as the conductor. Some of the songs performed were “Silent Night,” “Go, Tell It On The Mountain” and many more. Also, a crowd favorite was “The Boatmen’s Dance” with a solo performance by Daniel Wellmeier ’20.

“For me, singing as an individual is frightening. Singing as a chorus is empowering.”    Adam Schwarzenbach ’18

Following the many beautiful musical pieces from our Crusader Chorus members, the Alumni Chorus made their way onto the Altar for their performance of “O Tannenbaum” with Drew Haro ’03 and Paul Boquet ’01 as soloists. They followed with an arrangement of “I Know I’ve Been Changed” with Antonio Domino ’17, Sidney Rougelot ’06 and Justin Blanchard ’14 as soloists.

Director of Chorus Kevin Caparotta ’88 was also present in the group for this special performance. He commented that, “it is always great for the alumni chorus to come back together to socialize and to make music together again. It is also an opportunity to sing together with other alums, sometimes for the first time ever.”DSC07212

Additionally, our Chorus and guests were surprised with a Brother Martin Fine Arts Legacy in the audience. Mr. Michael Cottingham was the founding Director of the Brother Martin Chorus Program in 1969. He directed the Chorus until 1983 when Executive Vice President Greg Rando ’77 took over as Director in 1984. We are so grateful for their opportunity to be pictured together after the concert, and for the hard work that Mr. Cottingham, Mr. Rando and Mr. Caparotta have devoted to the Brother Martin Chorus Program throughout the years.

At the end of the concert, all Brother Martin alumni in the audience were asked to join their fellow choral Crusaders on the Altar to sing “O Sacred Heart,” which is featured in the video below.

Thank you Director Kevin Caparotta ’88 and the Crusader Chorus on their performance during this most wonderful time of the year!


2017-2018 Chorus Officers:
President- Andrew Butler
Vice-President- Cody Elsensohn
Secretary- Justin Savoie
Treasurer- Dylan Di Costantino


2017-2018 Brother Martin Chorus

Tyler Anclade
Ira Austin
Johnathan Authement
Laden Batson
Jacob Benitez
Jacob Bodino
Chandler Bonvillian
Lane Boudreaux
Brock Bourg
Mason Brannon
Andrew Butler *°
Ethan Cassara
Ethan Castex
Cooper Catalanotto
Nathan Catalanotto °
Noah Catalanotto 
Owen Catalanotto
Cole Chauvin
Julien Cook
Chase Cookmeyer
Bryce Davey
Carl Davis 
Evan DeCastro
Mark Delahoussaye
Grant Delord

Dylan Di Costantino
Keelan Didier *°
Drew Dodd
Hunter Dunn *
Caden Durand
Craig Duronslet
Jonathan Eisterhold
Cody Elsensohn 
Owen Ericksen
William Flores
Blake Folse
Colin Gardner
Nicholas Gaudet
Bryce Gauthier
Samuel Gernhauser
Alex Giacona
Aidan Gibson
Owen Gibson
Sebastian Gonzales
Mark Gresse
Aiden Haab
John Heraty
Elliot Hess
Owen Hirling
Jonathan Holder

Ethan Hope
Evan Hope
Spencer Hyde
Justin Jefferson
Cameron Johnson
Darren Jones
Zachary Kaupp
Mayson Keene
Kaleb Kenney
Tahaa Khan
Patrick Leonard
Chase Lormand 
Timothy Maloz
Patrick Marks
Tyler Marks 
Robert McDonald
Bryson Mesa
Brennan Molin
Cody Muller
Hunter Nastasi
Brayden Penny
Tyler Quinn
Louis Raley
Chad Robert

Noah Robichaux
Andrew Romano
Ryan Rouege
Colin Roussel
Jacob Roy
Justin Savoie
Adam Schwarzenbach *
Ethan Sens
Carlo Sharpe
Nicholas Sharpe
Jason Stant
Evan Starring
Adam Strain 
Sullivan Stringer
Jacob Styron
Christopher Sulli
Evan Threeton
Houston Tullis
Vance Vaucresson
Justus Voltolina
Daniel Wellmeier
Brennan Wieber
Dustin Williams
Michael Zuppardo

 LMEA District Honor Chorus Member
* ACDA Men’s All-State Honor Chorus Member
° LMEA Mixed All-State Honor Chorus Member

Brother Martin Alumni Chorus

Justin Blanchard ‘14
Paul Boquet ‘01
Todd Clower ‘00
Jonathan Ray Dacula ‘09
Antonio Domino ‘17
Drew Haro ‘03
Zach Materne ‘01
Ryan Nocito ‘06
Brian Rosenthal ‘05
Sidney Rouglet ‘06
Tommy Thibodeaux ‘07