Joan Luenenburg

Saint John Vianney school offers four bands:  Beginner (grade 4), Intermediate (grades 5 & 6), Advanced (grades 7 & 8) and Jazz band (selected students). Students are arranged based on their grade in school.

The opportunity to take private band lessons is provided for students in grades 4–8.  Lessons are arranged with the band instructor during the regular school day and group practice is held after school.  The program includes one 20 or 25 minute private or semi-private lesson and one group class weekly.

Band students perform during the Christmas concert, the school play and at an end-of-year concert. Fall Fest Band Concert and Winterlude Concert are also opportunities to perform.


You must register for band. Band fees are collected in September and January for the whole year.


The Essential Elements 2000 band method is the primary method of instruction.  Other materials to supplement the goal to produce a well-rounded performer are provided. The year is divided into two semesters with 14 weeks of instruction. Private and semi-private (2 or 3 students) lessons are offered during the school day (scheduled by the homeroom teacher) and group band is held after school.

Beginner Band (Grade 4)

Students beginning in band have only private/semi-private lessons from September through December.  In January, group lessons begin.  Group lessons start Wednesday, January 7 from 2:50–3:30 in the Presentation Hall.  Beginning band students do not participate in the Christmas concert but rather have a separate concert later in the year for parents. 4th grade concert is January 21.

Intermediate Band (Grades 5 & 6)

Intermediate group band practices on Thursday, from 2:50–3:35 pm. in the Presentation Hall.

Advanced Band (Grades 7 & 8)

Advanced group band practices on Tuesday, from 2:50–3:45 pm. in the Presentation Hall.

Jazz Band (Selected Students)

Jazz Band group lessons are held 7:10 am – 7:50 am on Wednesdays in the Presentation Hall.

Jazz Band students perform in the regular concerts as well as the Open House on January 25th at St. John Vianney and St. Dominic’s Schools. They also participate in the WSMA Solo & Ensemble in March. Information regarding this event will be distributed by the band teacher.


Instruments may be rented from any music store.  4th grade Instrument demos take place during the first week of school.  Contact the school secretary for information regarding the Band – New Parent Meeting.


Beginning band students need to practice 15 minutes, 6 days per week minimum.  As students progress, they will need 30 minutes, 6 days per week minimum.