The Instrumental Music Program at Skutt Catholic High School offers many instrumental ensembles and color guard activities for students to participate in. These ensembles include the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Beginning Band, and the Skutt Catholic Winter Guard. In addition to these ensembles, the students in band have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles. Band Members have a great history of students auditioning and being selected for college honor bands and Nebraska All-State Band and Orchestra.

The Skutt Catholic Concert Band serves as the musical foundation for instrumental music students. Every year the concert band performs three in-school concerts, a District Music Contest performance, and a performance during their annual trip. In 2011, the Skutt Catholic Concert Band received its first superior rating in its school history at the 2011 District Music Contest. The concert band also received a superior rating and placed 2nd at the 2011 Worlds of Fun Music Festival. The concert band has invited several guest conductors from several universities to work with the students.

The Skutt Catholic Jazz Band, founded in 2007, performs three in-school concerts, a District Music Contest performance, and up to five jazz festivals and competitions every year throughout Nebraska and South Dakota. The band received its first superior rating at District Music Contest in 2012. Skutt Catholic’s Jazz Combo 1 & 2 are select members of the jazz band who perform small group jazz standards while focusing greatly on the art of improvisation. University jazz band directors and world class professional jazz musicians work regularly with the jazz ensembles. The SkyHawk Jazz Ensembles practice outside of the school schedule and is open to any student at Skutt Catholic who is interested in performing jazz.

The Skutt Catholic Marching Band, founded in 2011, performs at all of the school’s home football games and several competitions each year. In May of 2012, the Marching Band received a generous donation from the SkyHawk Booster Club that allowed the band to purchase brand new marching band uniforms for the 2012 football season. 2014 marked a historic year with the marching band competing for the first time in the school's history.

The Skutt Catholic Pep Band draws its members from the concert band and Marching Band. Pep Band members perform at school athletic games and pep rallies.

In 2010, the Skutt Catholic Color Guard was created to join the band at home football games. This group has tripled in size since its inception. Color Guard members get the opportunity to experience spinning flags, rifles, and sabers while creating visual and theatrical effects to marching band performances. In 2011, the color guard founded the Skutt Catholic Winter Guard, allowing the color guard members to compete with other guard units throughout Nebraska and Iowa.  The Winter Guard is the two time defending Scholastic B champion, with titles coming in 2013 and 2014. The color guard meets with the marching band in the fall and holds practices for winter guard beginning in January outside of the school schedule. Any student at Skutt Catholic is welcome to try out.

During the last three years, the Skutt Catholic Instrumental Music Program began traveling and performing throughout the Midwest and across the United States. In 2010 the group traveled to Chicago, IL. While in Chicago the band students visited DePaul University and worked with Erica Neidlinger. In 2011 the band traveled to Kansas City, MO for the Worlds of Fun Music Festival. In May of 2012, the Skutt Catholic Band and Color Guard traveled to San Antonio, TX. During their tour in San Antonio, the students performed next to the Alamo in the Alamo Gardens, at Sea World, and visited the University of Texas at San Antonio where they worked with Dr. Donald Miller, Director of Bands. Jazz band students experienced true jazz culture by visiting Kansas City, MO in May of 2014. While in Kansas City, the students saw performances at the Broadway Jazz Club and the Blue Room as well as receiving a clinic in the American jazz museum from jazz saxophonist Matt Otto.

Any prospective students interested in the Skutt Catholic Instrumental Music Program should contact Mr. Cotignola. We would love to assist you with prospective student visits to Skutt Catholic. If you are interested in participating in our annual “Band Fun Night,” please visit the main page on our website and click on resources to download the registration form.

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