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Inspiring Instrumentalists

When the subject of the Christian Brothers Band comes up, what description immediately comes to mind? “The first description I would give Band is fun,” Abraham Francis (‘23) says. The Christian Brothers Band makes regular activities even more enjoyable. However, there is much more to band that isn’t known to many students on campus. Band […]

When the subject of the Christian Brothers Band comes up, what description immediately comes to mind?

“The first description I would give Band is fun,” Abraham Francis (‘23) says. The Christian Brothers Band makes regular activities even more enjoyable. However, there is much more to band that isn’t known to many students on campus.

Band serves a variety of roles for CB, some which you may know and others that might be new to you. Students in band spend a lot of their time contributing to the CB community, including doing shows and performances for athletics, campus ministry events, service learning trips, and many more.

Athletics such as football and basketball are integral to the CB community as we all know. An integral component of athletic events, however, is CB Band.

Band Director Mr. Travis Maslen and the combined bands can often be found on the sidelines of the stadium or even in the bleachers among the crowd. “We also play at athletic games and school rallies,” Mr. Maslen says.

Also, not to be forgotten about is CB Drumline, “It’s been a tradition now for quite a while and we’re glad to be a part of it,” Mr. Maslen says.

Two sections of our instrumental arts program, CB’s Jazz Band and String Ensemble, lead the charge in attracting students during enrollment activities such as Open House, middle school tours, and special concerts during Spring and Christmas for the parents and outside communities. Some of our band students often double as stand ins to assist each other with these cohesive performances to keep everything lively.

Some of our theater productions, like the annual musical, which involve soloists or arrangements in the orchestra pit, are often pulled from Band class, demonstrating that essence of inclusive community as band supports a lot of organizations around campus.

An extension of our concerts, the band festivals festivals play a huge part of community engagement for CB. Prior to COVID, members and often sections of our band got to play at events such as the Reno Jazz Festival and Santa Cruz Jazz Festival.

Some of our students who exceed expectations have a chance to join the Capitol Section Honors Band and the California All State Honors Band/Orchestra. Of course, not every part of Band is serious and regimented — the more relaxed trips are related to our service learning program.

“One of our goals with service learning is to bring music out to those who can’t get out to hear it,” Mr. Maslen says. “We do that every year to express our joy and appreciation by giving back.” Our service learning program is the CB community sharing our skills as a family to the general public who don’t get the chance to come to most events.

With all the events and community building band does, strong bonds are built between its members. ”I think all levels of band really get along,” says Riley Blacklock (‘23). ”Since joining Concert Band, I realized that we’re a family, and now in Honors Band as a senior, that remains a fact. This isn’t a hard class — it’s a fun class. I look forward to coming”.

Band is a tight knit family within the cohesive community of Christian Brothers High School and there is much more to them than meets the eye. CB Band truly emphasizes the “Leave to Serve” part of the CB motto.

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