Experiencing and creating coherent, rhythmic patterns of tones and movements is a universal human experience and a central part of the Canterbury School Band program.

Band students in every division have the chance to develop an appreciation for music and grow their skill as musicians. The school year provides many opportunities for students to share their talents with the school community and the public.


Exposure to band instruments begins in Grade 5. Students are introduced to various instruments like the saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums, trumpet, trombone and tuba as members of the Grade 5 band.

Additionally, students in Grades 6-8 who have played an instrument at school, or through private lessons, may enroll in the Middle School Concert Band.


At the High School level, students take Concert Band. This elective course is a performance-based instrumental ensemble that stresses the development of skills, technique, musicianship and ensemble awareness through a variety of interesting music literature.

Students may also elect to take Concert Band as an Honors course, which is weighted more heavily toward their GPA. The Honors course has additional requirements regarding extra performances, competitions, and evaluations of community band concerts.

Additionally, Middle and High School students are invited to show school spirit by joining Pep Band. The band performs during high school basketball games throughout the winter, showing support for their fellow classmates on the court.

Artist. Athlete. Scholar.

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