The band program at Saint Mark Lutheran School consists of two bands – the Beginning Band and the Band. Instruments in the school band include the flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone. baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion (drums and mallet instruments). Fourth and fifth grade students at Saint Mark may enroll in the Beginning Band. The Beginning Band is for students who want to learn to play a band instrument and who want to learn to read music. The students will learn basic playing techniques and how to read music. Students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade who have successfully completed Beginning Band or who can demonstrate their playing ability through a brief audition may enroll in the Band. The students enrolled in the Band learn new playing techniques and work to improve their playing techniques and music reading ability.

Most students will need to obtain an instrument since the school has only a few large instruments available – bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba. The students who play percussion instruments will use percussion kits that include a drum pad, bells, sticks, mallets and carrying case.

Rehearsals for Band are before school from 7:25 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Beginning Band rehearses from 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Beginning Band students use the Essential Elements 2000 method book. Band students use the Essential Technique method book and sheet music.

Both bands perform in the Christmas Concert, the Spring Concert and at the Eighth Grade Graduation Service. The Band also performs in the Hawaii Lutheran Schools Music Festival Concert in a combined band consisting of students from the other Lutheran elementary school bands in Hawaii. The students perform a variety of music for band from classical and sacred works to popular and patriotic songs.

Saint Mark band students who study privately have participated in solo and ensemble contests and select bands sponsored by the Oahu Band Directors’ Association.

There is a $250.00 annual fee for each student enrolled in the band program.

At Saint Mark, we believe that there are many benefits that students receive as a result of their participation in a musical ensemble such as band. Most students develop greater self-discipline, a healthier self-image, better listening skills and good study habits. They learn to work in groups.

Recent studies have shown that students who study music generally perform better in their academic studies than those students who do not study music. Although only a few students at Saint Mark may ever seek careers as professional musicians, many will continue to enjoy music as they share their musical talent with their family, church and community. Finally, participation in music provides a wholesome activity that a person can enjoy throughout his or her life.

Our music teacher is Mr. Allen Bauchle. He has taught at Saint Mark for over 20 years. He has performed with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He is an active member of the Music Educators’ National Conference, the Hawaii Music Educators’ Association and the Oahu Band Directors’ Association.

If you have questions or need additional information about the music program at Saint Mark, feel free to contact Mr. Bauchle (247-5589).