Saint Paul High School is proud to offer several instrumental music opportunities. We pride ourselves on providing only the best in music education covering all aspects of performance as well as music theory, rehearsal technique, and individual responsibility and accountability. We all know the importance of having a balanced education. Having the cultural and extracurricular experience of music is not only beneficial to your student’s high school career, but it also instills in them an awareness of music’s important role in the enrichment of the human spirit.
Our award winning Marching Swordsmen Band and Color Guard is a dynamic ensemble consisting of the Band, Drumline, and Color Guard. Performing at all football games, pep rallies, and school functions, the Marching Swordsmen have established themselves as a staple element to the Saint Paul family. Having grown over One Hundred percent over the last year, the Marching Swordsmen are the fastest growing group on campus. There is nothing like feeling the excitement of putting on the uniform knowing that you will be performing for hundreds of people. The camaraderie and lifelong friendships that are made in this ensemble are priceless.
Our Beginning Band class is a great place to learn what it means to be a musician. The class covers college preparatory levels of music theory as well as beginning instrumental techniques. The Beginning Band performs at both the Winter Concert as well as the Spring Concert. If you are looking to learn how to play an instrument, regardless of what level you are at, this is the class for you.
Jazz Ensemble is one of the elite ensembles at the school. The Jazz ensemble performs jazz standards and other exciting music for school and community functions. Students in Jazz ensemble learn high level music theory and history in addition to working on ensemble playing and improvisation skills.
The award winning Wind Ensemble of Saint Paul is our premier concert ensemble. The Wind Ensemble has performed in many festivals including the Heritage Festivals in both San Diego and Anaheim. They prepare music in a classical setting, performing contemporary works as well as standards of the wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble also performs at both the Winter Concert as well as the Spring Concert.
We are proud to also offer a Praise Band and Choir here at Saint Paul. This group prepares all the music for our masses here. We provide an outstanding musical environment to help bring our spirits closer together during that most reverent time during our Catholic High School experience.
For the drummer in all of us, we have the Saint Paul Percussion Ensemble. This group functions as both the Drumline during the fall semester and the Concert Percussion Ensemble during the spring semester. Percussion Ensemble concentrates on teaching proper percussion technique as well as exposure to all the different percussion instruments. This ensemble performs throughout the year and is seeing tremendous growth as well.
Color Guard is a performance ensemble which develops aspects of dance as well as performing with various equipment including flags, rifles, and sabers. It is open to both men and women and meets regularly throughout the school year. The Color Guard performs during the fall in conjunction with the marching band to make the field show a truly vibrant and visually appealing extravaganza. During the spring, the Color Guard develops and performs a show for competitions as well as the Spring Concert.