The band program at USJ has been continuously successful in producing well-seasoned musicians. Nearly every senior who leaves the program is offered some type of college scholarship for band. The program sets the standard for excellence as it consistently has the highest number of students selected to the All-Northwest Honor Band each year. Band members also have opportunities to perform on campus in jazz bands and concert bands and in the community through Jackson Symphony’s youth orchestra, Jackson Area Community Band, and more.
Band instructor Tom Grant starts recruiting students for band in fifth grade. He visits music classes and demonstrates instruments with band members, who also play for various Lower School events. Grant first introduces new band students to the various instruments so they can choose what they want to play. “It is all about exposing them to the instruments in the first week and encouraging them not just to play what their friends play,” said Grant, who has been teaching band for more than 30 years.
Congratulations to Elisa Kapunan who was accepted to Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts as a violinist. Thank you Tom Grant for fueling our students' passions.
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