Music is a Science. It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s score is a chart, a graph with indicated frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is Mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English, but a highly developed kind of short hand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is History. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation - often even the country and/or political feeling.

Music is Physical Education. It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is Infinite. It has been around since man first discovered he could organize the noise around him and create something which would transcend and uplift the human experience. Music shall live as long as there are ears and minds to listen and appreciate this art.

Music is all of these things, but most importantly,

Music is Art! It allows a human being to take all these individual left brain elements that can be dry and technical, and combine them with right brain feeling and emotions to create art that can be shared with the rest of the world! No other subject in school has the ability to combine so many different aspects of life, and have such a broad impact on the rest of the World!

That is why you should be in band! Not because we expect you to become a professional musician … but so you will be a more complete human!

In Band, the Saint Ambrose mission is in action through:

Faith - We pray before every rehearsal.

Academics - We achieve great things together as a band "team"! We work hard, we help each other, and we always try our very best!

Service - We share our gift of music at Masses, retirement homes, and at concerts in the school and community.

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