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Dr. Michael Gatti, Chair, and Mr. Jim Roper, Director of Bands

The primary goal of the Music Department is to help the music student become more aware of and attain a greater appreciation for a variety of musical styles.

The performance classes (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Concert Band II, Concert Band I, Advanced Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble II, Percussion Ensemble I, Concert Strings, Concert Strings I, Sinfonia, Voices of DeMatha, DeMatha Harmonics and DeMatha Singers) stress and encourage a high degree of proficiency on the individual student's instruments. Students are placed in classes according to ability.The proper atmosphere is set so each student may strive for the highest degree of musicality possible.

The academic classes (Theory and Harmony and Music History) give the students necessary background and insight into compositional techniques to help them enjoy and interpret music intelligently. Ear training and sight-singing will also be included in the theory and harmony classes.

The extra-curricular instrumental and vocal ensembles (Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Pep Band and Gospel Choir) give the students an additional vehicle for performances. These groups also serve for school and public functions.

Each student is required to have at least one fine arts course to graduate. Students may satisfy this requirement in this department by taking any of the courses offered. Students who participate in any course in the Music Program will automatically fulfill the fine arts requirement.