Mr. Sandon Chevlin – Sandon.Chevlin@stlucieschools.org
Under the direction of Mr. Ricardo Renelus, the middle school band program provides students with an opportunity to study woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the band setting. Multiple band classes are offered at a variety of skill levels from beginning to advanced. Students will experience different styles of music that include classical, jazz, and modern. At CAST, participation in the band program develops a love of, appreciation for, and curiosity about music, while building confidence, imagination and knowledge of musical skills and concepts.
As students continue through the band program, they develop the skills necessary to explore a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
Extended Middle School Band Opportunities
All instrumental music students have opportunities to perform for the school and community throughout the year. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for All-State and All-County bands and participate in FBA Performance Assessments as appropriate. CAST offers band classes to students enrolled in 7th and 8th grade regardless of prior musical experience. Band classes are separated by the director into beginning, (first year members) and advanced (students with band experience). Students who are new to band will work with the director to select the instrument to play. All students work on foundational skills on their instrument through class time and performances. Advanced students will have the opportunity to perform in small ensembles as well. Throughout the year, all CAST band students will perform regularly on and off campus. This will include school and local community performances, solo and ensemble competitions and District Music Performance Assessments.
Band Teaches Me….
To stay positive in stressful situations
To be a team player
To be a leader
To be confident, even when I’m not perfect
To conquer my fears
To not just listen to music, but to experience it
To push myself past my limits to see how far I can go
That hard work pays off!