Instrumental Music

Lindsay Brown

Choir Teacher
Department Chair

The Instrumental Music classes of the Fine Arts Department endeavor to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the affective dimensions of humankind, as expressed in orchestra, band and jazz literature.

Kennedy Catholic High School Music Faculty:

Mr. Dan Ruiter - Director of Orchestra and Bands
Mrs. Lindsay Brown - Department Chair, Director of Choirs
Miss Frances McKamey - Elementary Band Program Director
Mr. Gerald Larkins - Elementary Bands

• Who can play in the Chamber Orchestra?
Orchestra instrumentation includes Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. The school provides instruments for bass and cello players.

• I want to compete in athletics. Can I take music at the same time?
Yes, of course. Sports and music are compatible. Music classes are taken during the school day, while interscholastic sports take place after school. Students do not have to opt for one or the other. They can participate in both. Over two thirds of the current music students currently participate in a JV or varsity sport.

• How do I find out more about band and orchestra?
“Welcome to Orchestra and Band Day” is held for all incoming instrumental students the second Saturday of May. The event consists of tours of the campus, demonstration of music facilities, orientation, and some playing.

• Does Kennedy Catholic offer a summer music session?
Incoming band students are encouraged to participate in Kennedy Catholic’s Summer Band Program. This marching unit competes in parades and festivals during the summer months, giving students a head start on their high school music career. Students who do not play a band instrument are invited to participate by performing in the Color Guard. Registration information will be available this spring.



Open to all Freshman and Sophomores, with some background in playing a traditional band instrument. Designed as an intermediate group, this band plays at concerts, festivals, and assemblies and combines with Symphonic Band for marching band performances and sporting events.


Prerequisites: Acceptance through audition process.

The Lancer Percussion Ensemble is offered to students who wish to enhance their percussion performance abilities, be a part of team atmosphere, as well as having the opportunity to perform in a number of public situations. Percussion students will participate in all band related activities. Students will work on percussion ensemble literature and techniques including marimba, timpani, and drumset.


Prerequisites: Open to students with Junior or Senior standing with two or more years of band experience or private instruction.

Designed as an advanced group, this band plays at concerts, festivals, assemblies, and combines with Concert Band for marching band performances and sporting events.


Open to all students with some background in playing a traditional stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). The orchestra plays at concerts, Masses, regional assessments, and festivals. All styles of musical performance are taught.


Prerequisites: Audition and at least two years of band experience or its equivalent in private instruction and permission of the Director.

Members of this group must also be members of one other Kennedy Catholic musical ensemble. An elite and demanding musical group, this group meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:00 am to 7:55 am. Students earn .25 credits per semester.