Catholic Honor Band Performing at CJ

Catholic high school band students from Cincinnati and Dayton combined their exceptional talents to present the 4th Annual Honor Band Concert on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.

Students were nominated by their band directors to be a member of the ensemble, which performed four concert band pieces. A crowd of about 300 people filed into CJ's auditorium for the hour-long performance, in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

According to this year’s event coordinator, Jason Umberg, director of bands for Fenwick High School, the event began as an effort in 2008 to bring the best musicians from each high school together to participate in an over-the-top music ensemble experience that only the combined strengths of each school’s program could offer.

“This event challenges our top musicians to rehearse and perform at their highest ability alongside other students who are playing at the same level,” Umberg said.

“It is also a great opportunity to showcase the growth, talent and the quality of the instrumental music programs that is taking place in our own Catholic schools. It’s pretty fitting that the concert coincides with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.”

More than 65 students from schools including Alter, Badin, Carroll, Chaminade Julienne, Elder, Fenwick, La Salle, McAuley, McNicholas, Mercy, Moeller, Mt. Notre Dame, Roger Bacon, and Seton High Schools participated. This year’s guest conductor was Bob Bass, Mason High School Director of Bands.