Senior Concert Band
Owing to the strong musical foundation our students receive at the Junior and Middle School levels, our award-winning Senior Concert Band remains one of our most popular electives and features over 50 students. All Grade 9 to 12 students may join the Senior Concert Band, provided they have previous experience on a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. Offered as a credited course, band runs both inside and outside of the regular timetable, depending on the grade level. Students must also commit to before-school and lunchtime practices and performances and must attend full band rehearsals during the weekly Fine Arts Block.
The school believes that public performances enhance the musical education of our students, and therefore provides our students with a number of opportunities to perform, both within the school community and beyond. Approximately every other year, the band takes a major trip off the Island and represents GNS in a series of concerts. In the past, the band has performed in Hawaii, Washington, Disney World, and at various locations in Canada.
Like Senior Concert Band, the Senior School Jazz Band is a credited course, but one that may require an audition. A smaller ensemble, this band is more portable than the Senior Concert Band and performs regularly at small venues around the city, including Hermann’s Jazz Club.
Throughout the year, students also perform in a series of GNS Jazz Nights, which are a hit with students, staff, parents, and the community at large.