The Bethlehem Catholic High School Music Department’s mission is to prepare our students to be knowledgeable, capable, and flexible musicians, and leaders for a lifetime of learning and appreciation of music.
We hope to see you out cheering for the award-winning Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawk Band or enjoying one of our many concerts during the school year.
|Ms. Amy Flyte
|Mrs. Christine Calantoni
Band Front Instructor
The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawk Band has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The band performs at Becahi football and basketball games, in concerts and local parades, and “on the road” for its annual spring trip. Students who elect to travel with the band have the opportunity to enrich their music education through performance, the exploration of art and culture as patrons, and also enjoy a full itinerary of fun activities with their friends.
Students who wish to join the Golden Hawk Band must register for Band or Band Front as a class and report to camp in August. Once school begins, the band rehearses daily during 1st Period. Sectional lessons meet weekly on a rotating schedule. Students are also expected to practice regularly at home. Beginners are welcome and instruments are provided by the Band Parents Association on a first come, first served basis.
The Band Front section serves as the color guard and majorettes for the marching band, performing choreographed baton and flag routines with the marching band and at concert band performances. All equipment is provided by the Band Parents Association. Band Front summer clinics begin in July and merge into band camp in August. Once school begins, class meets daily during 1st Period.
During marching season, the Golden Hawk Band opens its ranks to “Little Hawks” from our partner schools to present the colors with honor and pride as junior members of the band. Honor Guard participants are invited to the final week of band camp to learn marching skills, train for field shows and parades, and are issued a full band uniform. Throughout the year, our “Little Hawks” members will be called into service to perform at football games and parades with the Golden Hawk Band.
The Jazz Band plays a variety of music from great artists of jazz, blues, rock, and standards. In recent years they have performed charts by Duke Ellington, Doris Day, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, and the Beatles. The Jazz Band meets on Wednesdays and Fridays after school starting in November and performs in concerts along with Becahi’s other instrumental ensembles.
The String Orchestra performs in concerts, at school Masses, and for local community events. Traditional string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) will be provided for students who need them. Classical guitar players are also welcome, but guitars are not provided. Rehearsals are held weekly after school on Thursdays.
The Percussion Ensemble offers students the opportunity to study and perform on a variety of percussion instruments! The group meets on Mondays after school starting in November and performs in concerts along with Becahi’s other instrumental ensembles. Percussionists of all levels are welcome.