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“LA SALLE TURNED ME FROM A BOY UNCERTAIN OF WHERE HE WAS GOING, TO A YOUNG MAN THAT WAS DETERMINED AND EXCITED FOR ALL OF THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND. LA SALLE TAUGHT ME THAT ANYTHING WAS ATTAINABLE.”

J. Patrick Tice-Carroll ‘16 Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance


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LA SALLE’S HIGHLY REGARDED AND COMPREHENSIVE MUSIC PROGRAM IS UNMATCHED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY. Recognizing that students come to La Salle College High School

a variety of musical styles, including jazz and contemporary

with a wide variety of musical backgrounds, the Music Department

compositions. Wherever appropriate, students also participate

offers courses at a variety of levels so as to provide an appropriate

in the Concert Band, an organization that is given extensive

course of instruction to all. The beginning or intermediate

instruction in classical as well as contemporary expression.

instrumental musician will participate in the Introductory Music Performance Ensemble or the Intermediate Stage Band, which are

Students with interest in studying vocal music may participate

groups designed to give students facility in performing moderately

in chorus. Chorus classes are available at different skill levels,

difficult music material. The more advanced musician progresses

including freshman, intermediate, beginning upper classmen,

to participation in Advanced Stage Band or the Honors Advanced

and advanced chorus. All performance courses include units

Music, which are more skilled groups dedicated to exploring

in music theory.

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A STRONG POINT OF THE MUSIC PROGRAM IS THE INCORPORATION OF PRIVATE INSTRUCTION INTO THE STUDENT’S DAILY ROSTER. ALL STUDENTS ARE GIVEN PRIVATE INSTRUCTION BY A WELLTRAINED CORE OF PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS DEDICATED TO THE ART OF DEVELOPING VOCAL AND/OR INSTRUMENTAL TALENTS. A student with special music interests may pursue these interests via a series of independently supervised programmed instruction.

La Salle graduates continue their education at some of the top music programs in the country including:

Berklee College of Music Carnegie Mellon School of Music Curtis Institute of Music Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute Manhattan School of Music Oberlin Conservatory Temple University – Boyer College of Music and Dance University of the Arts

At La Salle, music is considered to be an integral part of the student’s education.

University of Miami University of North Texas College of Music University of Rochester Eastman School of Music


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4 | LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, “AT MUSICAL STUDIES ARE PART OF A WELLROUNDED CURRICULUM; RATHER THAN JUST ANOTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY. THROUGHOUT MY TIME AT BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY FOUND MYSELF MORE PREPARED FOR COLLEGIATE MUSIC STUDIES THAN MY FELLOW CLASSMATES – BOTH AS A MUSICIAN AND AS A PERSON. THE LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM WILL PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR MUSICAL GOALS ARE.” La Salle College High School – Music and Arts

Miles Burger ‘16 Berklee College of Music


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MUSIC CURRICULUM

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Introductory Music Performance (Freshman Band Elective)

expected to participate in Concert Band and/or Pep Band, excluding

The course provides the beginning student an opportunity to

strings, piano and guitar. Neither of these ensemble rehearsal schedules

develop his musicianship through ensemble performance of

conflict with any other classroom activity. (½ Credit/Full Year)

jazz and related idioms. The student rehearses and performs beginners’ arrangements from the big band repertoire. The course

Advanced Music Studies (Elective)

introduces the student to the fundamentals of music theory, jazz

An independent-study course where students are invited to explore

improvisation, and the early history of jazz. (1 Credit/Full Year)

the following topics: music theory, harmony, and musical forms and analysis. (½ Credit/Full Year)

Instrumental Instruction (Elective) Instrumental Instruction provides the student individual lessons on the instrument of his choice. Students are instructed in the techniques specific to his instrument and to his own ability level. Weekly assignments are given at each lesson and the student is expected to prepare these assignments to be evaluated at the following lesson. Because each student brings a different level of competency, progress is closely monitored as to keep the student advancing at a pace appropriate to his ability level. Within this course, and in addition to individual instruction, students are


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R&B, Funk, and Latin Concepts (Elective) The course is designed to introduce the students to the great “Horn Bands” of the 70s and 80s, as well as the famous Salsa Bands throughout history by rehearsing and performing the actual orchestrations of these famous groups as well as original compositions in the style of Tower of Power; Earth, Wind and Fire; Tito Puente; and many others. Classes have the option of splitting up into two ensembles. Because of the advanced level of this class, enrollment is by teacher recommendation. (1 Credit/Full Year) Music Business and Technology (Elective)

Small Ensembles (Elective)

The course is designed to instruct students in the area of recording

Small Ensemble is a course dedicated to chamber ensemble

technology as related to individual projects as well as recording,

performance and is divided into two classes. The first being String

engineering, and mastering the projects of others. The first

Ensemble and the other Guitar Ensemble. Students will learn

semester will focus on the correct use of microphones (techniques,

about respective music repertoire, the specifics, and history of the

placement, selection), Garage Band, Pro Tools, and other related

literature. Both ensembles are required to perform at least two

recording software. After the student has a good understanding of

concerts a year. Students will be evaluated on their preparation

the tools, students will focus on a collaborative project that will be

and performance of the required music as well as progress in their

recorded, mastered, and engineered. That collaborative project will be

weekly private instruction. (1 Credit/Full year)

completed by the end of the second semester. (½ Credit/Full Year)


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Advanced Music Performance (Stage Band Elective) The course will take the student to the next musical level through advanced arrangements and a more in depth look into jazz improvisation. The student will further develop his soloing skills as well as his sight reading skills. Students will be required to participate in at least two public performances a year. The student will be evaluated on his performance of the music as well as progress in his weekly private instruction. (1 Credit/Full Year) Honors Advanced Music (Elective) Honors Advanced Music is the highest level of large ensemble offered. Students in this class are selected by teacher recommendation. In addition to a vigorous course load, most musicians are expected to participate in many performances throughout the school year. Through professional arrangements, students will be taught advanced jazz improvisation as well as challenging each student to his greatest potential. (1 Credit/Full year)

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Freshman Chorus (Elective) The course is designed to equip freshman with the musical tools necessary to be an active participant in the Music Department at La Salle. Issues covered include the changing voice, reading music, and vocal production in addition to rehearsing and performing as a choral ensemble. Most repertoire is sung in two to four parts. Students are expected to memorize music when requested and are to attend all rehearsals and performances. (½ Credit/Full Year) Chorus (Elective, All Levels) In this course, students learn and perform a wide variety of music, including: folk, classical, jazz, and contemporary music. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary musical tools, including reading music and vocal production, in addition to rehearsing and performing as a choral ensemble to help students be an active participant in the music department at La Salle. Most of the repertoire is sung in three or four parts. Students are expected to memorize music when requested and are to attend all rehearsals and performances. (½ Credit/Full Year)


Advanced Chorus (Elective, All Levels)

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In this course, students learn and perform a wide variety of music,

be an active participant in the music department at La Salle. Most

including: folk, classical, jazz, barbershop, and contemporary

repertoire is sung in four or more parts. Students are expected to

music. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary

memorize music when requested and are to attend all rehearsals

musical tools, including reading music and vocal production, in

and performances. All students will arrange private instruction

addition to rehearsing and performing as a choral ensemble to

with La Salle’s Choral Director and attend all rehearsals with the full

help students be an active participant in the music department at

ensemble as concert season approaches. (½ Credit/Full Year)

La Salle. Students who have auditioned and have been accepted for The Belcrofters (the school’s advanced performing ensemble) are eligible for Advanced Chorus. Most repertoire is sung in four or more parts. Students are expected to memorize music when requested and are to attend all rehearsals and performances. (½ Credit, Full Year) Independent Chorus (Independent Study, Elective, All Levels) In this course, students learn and perform a wide variety of music, including folk, classical, jazz, and contemporary music. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary musical tools, including reading music and vocal production, in addition to rehearsing and performing as a choral ensemble to help students


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MUSIC FACILITIES The Music Department has over 6,000 square feet of dedicated space that includes a Band Room and Choral Room as well as a state-of-the-art MIDI Lab and Recording Studio along with eight instruction rooms.


Mr. Joseph Ciccimaro (Mr. “C”)

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Staff Member Since 1968 Fine Arts Department Chair, Assistant Director/Music Program, Producer/Fall Drama, Producer/Spring Musical, Music Instructor (Woodwinds and Strings)

MUSIC INSTRUCTION

B.A. La Salle University

La Salle College High School has three full-time music instructors with almost 100 years of combined service at the school. One is dedicated solely to the Choral Program and the other two are responsible for ten additional instructors who provide private lessons

ALL OF THE SCHOOL’S MUSIC INSTRUCTORS ARE WIDELYACCOMPLISHED MUSICIANS WHO REGULARLY PERFORM WITH PROFESSIONAL ENSEMBLES AND AT VENUES THAT INCLUDE: THE PHILLY POPS, THE FOREST THEATER, ACADEMY OF MUSIC, AND THE WALNUT STREET THEATER.

(Instrumental Instruction) and conduct various performing ensembles. The music program continues to be led by the legendary Joseph Ciccimaro, a Hall of Fame musician and a 1957 graduate of the school, who brings over 50 years of experience as the Musical Contractor for the Forest Theater and Academy of Music and is one of the most respected professional musicians in the Philadelphia Area.


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La Salle College High School – Jason Music and Arts is an upright bassist, Fraticelli

American Composers Forum as

Sue Lerner regularly performs for

composer, multi-instrumentalist,

well as several commissions from

the “Broadway at the Academy”

band leader, and educator who has

organizations such as the Kimmel

series at the Kimmel Center and

been immersed in the Philadelphia

Center of Philadelphia, the Painted

The Walnut Street Theater and

and New York jazz and original

Bride Arts Center, the John F.

can often be seen performing with

music scenes for over 20 years.

Kennedy Center for the Performing

Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony,

Jason’s co-leads the acclaimed

Arts, and Black Mountain College.

and Pennsylvania Ballet. She has

10-piece electro-jazz outfit, the

Jason has performed, recorded

had the honor of sharing the

Fresh Cut Orchestra, and through

with, and toured internationally

that group Jason has received a

with artists Melody Gardot, Taylor

Pew grant to record one of his

McFerrin, Bernie Worrell, and G

Staff Member Since 2017

most extensive works entitled

Love. Today, he tours and performs

Staff Member Since 2011

Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart,

Music Instructor (Bass)

the Mothers’ Suite (Ropeadope,

with artists Matisyahu, Cyro

Music Instructor (Cello and Strings)

Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Jr.

B.Mus. New School University

2014). Jason has also received

Baptista, Aron Magnor of the Disco

and Aretha Franklin. She also holds

other grants including one from

Biscuits, and the Brian Marsella Trio.

B.A. University of Hartford Hartt School of Music; M.A. Manhattan School of Music

Maryanne Martin has performed in

Joe Nero has worked in every

the orchestra at the Walnut Street

major theater and showroom in

drummer/percussionist with the

Theatre, Forrest Theatre, and Valley

Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

Forge Music Fair. She worked as

He has toured worldwide with

pianist for The Pennsylvania Opera

such artists as Bette Midler, Burt

Company and was the conductor

Bacharach, Bernadette Peters, Andy

for summer theatre at La Salle

Williams, Anthony Newley, Bobby

University. Maryanne has also been

Rydell, and Frankie Avalon and has

Mr. Jason Fraticelli

the Philadelphia Chapter of the

Ms. Maryanne Martin

the piano instructor at Gwynedd Mercy Academy since 2003.

Mr. Joseph Nero

Ms. Susan Lerner

stage with opera legends Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli as well as Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett,

performed with jazz artists Tony Bennett, Eddie Gomez, Bill Watrous, Kurt Elling, Jimmy Bruno, and

Staff Member Since 2013

Staff Member Since 2002

Music Instructor (Piano)

Larry McKenna. He has recorded

Music Instructor (Drums and Percussion)

with various artists for Sony,

GD, Curtis Institute of Music

Records and currently performs as

Philly International, and Atlantic

faculty positions and Drexel University and Merion Mercy Academy.

Philly Pops Orchestra and Philly Pops Big Band and can be found in the orchestra pits of most major Philadelphia theaters.


Danny Muller is an accomplished saxophone performer who has played with the Philadelphia Boys Choir along a number of notable musicians including Joanne Brackeen, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Ralph Bowen, Jimmy Bruno, Greg Fields, Greg

Mr. Daniel Muller

New York. Danny was on faculty at

La Salle College High School – Music and Arts

as the University of The Arts with a

saxophone from 2003 until 2009.

Bachelors of Music and is currently

He was the Philadelphia High

pursuing a Masters of Music

School Grammy Band Assistant

(M.M.) in Classical Performance

Director in 2001. Wayne Newton

from Temple University. He has

Dennis Rowland.

performed with accomplished

Mr. Christopher Mele

Shew, Gerald Veasley, and Grover Washington, Jr. He has

artists such as, Dick Oattes, Gary Smulyan, Zhavia Ward and David Bilger and performs regularly with

Staff Member Since 2001

accompanied singers Wayne

Staff Member Since 2018

groups such as the South Philly

Music Instructor (Woodwinds, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Theory)

Newton and Dennis Rowland and

Director/Pep Band, Director/ Lab Band, Music Instructor (Trombone)

Big Band, Jack Saint Clair Jazz

B.Mus. University of the Arts

Mr. Gregory Snyder

performed at venues throughout Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and

Some of Mark Norman’s highlights

music scene playing with some of

at Susquehanna University

the best musicians in Philadelphia

include singing in University Choir,

and New York. The Greg Snyder

Chamber Singers, and A Cappella

Trio is his own project and the

Group as well as performing in

group’s debut album, In The State Of

several theater productions. Today,

Nature, was released in 2011 and

Mark is very involved in local high

can be found on iTunes and Spotify

school theatrical productions.

to be released in Fall of 2019. Check www.gregsnydermusic.com

Staff Member Since 2011 Music Instructor (Guitar, Music Technology) B.A. Temple University

for performance info.

Orchestra, and Max Swan:Calcium.

B.Mus. University of the Arts

Greg Snyder is active in the local

and their second album is expected

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LaSalle College High School as well

the University of the Arts teaching

Osby, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby

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Christopher Mele is a graduate of

Mr. Mark Norman Staff Member Since 2004 Director/Choral Program, CoDirector/Fall Drama, Vocal Director and Assistant Director/Spring Musical, Moderator/A Capella Group, Director/Liturgy Band and Singers, Music Instructor (Vocals) B.Mus. Susquehanna University

He began as Vocal Director at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and now is conductor of their fall musical. Mark has helped work on over thirty local productions including Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School,

Players Club of Swarthmore, and La Salle College High School. Mark is also highly involved with liturgical music where he sings and plays at several local Catholic Churches. Mark’s career highlights include singing at Carnegie Hall with his college as well as singing “Carmina Burana” with the Mendelssohn Club in Saratoga Springs, NY.


Gregory Teperman has performed

as the assistant concertmaster of

Bob Suttmann is a freelance

with the Opera Company of

both the Trenton Symphony and the

theater musician in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet

Bucks County Symphony.

and on Broadway in NYC, having

Company, and for numerous

He has performed with Pavarotti,

worked with over 90 shows since

musical productions at the Forrest

Carreras, Domingo, The Three

1989. He is also an active Union

and Walnut Street Theaters. He has

Tenors, as well as such popular

member, serving on the executive

also performed with the Chamber

artists such as Johnny Mathis,

board of the Associated Musicians

Music Society of Philadelphia, and

Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson,

of Greater New York Local 802 since

is currently a member of the AVA

Josh Groban, and Stevie Wonder.

and the Philly Pops Orchestras.

In addition, he has recorded with

He has also performed also as the

Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin

Staff Member Since 2001

concertmaster for Broadway at the

Timberlake, and John Legend.

Music Instructor (Violin and Strings)

Academy and the Walnut Street

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Mr. Gregory Teperman

B.A. University of the Arts, Kishinev, Moldova (USSR); M.A., Moscow Conservatory

Mr. Jon Shaw

Mr. Bob Suttmann

2015. In his spare time, he enjoys writing music as well as playing chamber music.

Staff Member Since 2011 Music Instructor (Low Brass)

Theatre. In 1984-85 Gregory served

Jon Shaw has developed a reputation

Joe Vettori has played two tours

as a diverse performer in both

with Burt Bacharach and has

Philadelphia as well as on the New

appeared in two CBS television

York scene. An avid educator, he

specials in Washington, DC – one

splits his time between performing

welcoming home troops from

and teaching. In addition to La Salle,

Dessert Storm and President

Jon is a faculty Member at Temple

Clinton’s Inaugural Special starring

University, the University of the Arts,

Barbra Streisand. He spent two

and Camden County College. Jon can

years in the house orchestra at

be heard recorded or performing

Mr. Joseph Vettori

with/at: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra,

the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ along with the house orchestras

Staff Member Since 2018

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, The

Staff Member Since 1983

of Caesars, Sands, and Claridge

Music Instructor (Trumpet)

Philly Pops, Aretha Franklin, The

Director/Music Program,

Casinos in Atlantic City, playing with

B.A. University of the Arts

Temptations, The Four Tops and

Director/Competition Band, Music Instructor (Woodwinds) B.Mus. University of the Arts

the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean

Wynton Marsalis. He has played with numerous touring Broadway shows at The Academy of Music as well as the Walnut Street Theatre.

Martin, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga,

Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Linda Rondstadt, and Harry Connick, Jr. He has also performed with The Philly Pops and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. Joe was a member of the house orchestra at the Walnut Street Theater and is currently playing at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia for Broadway national tours.


“LA SALLE’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT OFFERS TOP-OF-THE-LINE INSTRUCTION FROM TEACHERS WHO ARE ON-THESCENE PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK CITY MUSICIANS. THEY CONSTANTLY ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO EXPLORE NEW IDEAS AND MUSICAL CONCEPTS. IT IS THROUGH THESE PROFESSIONALS THAT I DISCOVERED MY LOVE FOR MUSIC AND MY DESIRE TO PURSUE IT AS A CAREER.”

Kevin Blanke ‘14 University of the Arts

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BAND The Music Department at La Salle College High School is comprised of many bands. The Honors Advanced Band, Advanced Band, Freshman Band, Intermediate Band, Guitar Ensemble, and String Ensemble are all rostered classes, who practice during a scheduled period along with private lessons for each instrument. In addition to music classes, there are other bands in which students can participate. Practices for these bands are held during the day or once or twice a week after school. The Music Department extends all its opportunities to anyone who wishes to roster for a band or simply take music lessons.


Currently, over 250 instrumentalists participate in fifteen performing ensembles:

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Advanced Band Advanced Honors Band Brass Ensemble Concert Band Competition Band Freshman Band Guitar Ensemble Lab Band Music Business and Technology Pep Band Pit Orchestra Saxophone Ensemble String Orchestra

ADVANCED HONORS BAND is the primary performing ensemble of the Music Department. This group is composed of the most advanced musicians whose abilities are seen in improvisation, interpretation of the songs, and sight reading. This band gives many grade school and high school concerts throughout the year, in addition to playing at almost all school functions, and those of some other schools and organizations. Charts performed range from jazz standards, big band, rock, and pop. Certain members of this band are selected to play in the Lab Band or Competition Band, whose focus is to develop a few charts to be judged at competitions

Trombone Ensemble Trumpet Ensemble

against other high school jazz bands.


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BRASS ENSEMBLE, GUITAR ENSEMBLE, SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE, STRING ORCHESTRA, TROMBONE ENSEMBLE, AND TRUMPET ENSEMBLE each show-case individual sections. The Brass Ensemble and String Orchestra play music at many of the school liturgies and can be found performing at other community liturgies. The Saxophone Ensemble plays at smaller performances, showing the abilities of its musicians. CONCERT BAND performs two classical arrangements at the main concerts each year – Christmas and spring. This band differs from the other bands because of the different wind instruments used and also because of the nature of the music. The band practices a few weeks before the concerts and features freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.the Competition Band and competes in many of the same jazz festivals.


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COMPETITION BAND AND LAB BAND are the two ensembles that are extra-curricular and each rehearse two days a week

LA SALLE’S COMPETITION BAND AND LAB BAND CONSISTENTLY RECEIVE SUPERIOR RATINGS AT LOCAL AND REGIONAL JAZZ COMPETITIONS. LA SALLE WAS AWARDED FIRST PLACE AT THE CAVALCADE OF BANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2013, 2015, 2016, AND 2017. THE CAVALCADE OF BANDS IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION COMPOSED OF OVER ONE HUNDRED MEMBER SCHOOLS IN THE TRI-STATE AREA WHO COME TOGETHER TO COMPETE ON THE INTERSCHOLASTIC LEVEL. OVER TWENTY JAZZ BAND COMPETITIONS ARE HELD DURING THE COURSE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND THE COMPETITION AND LAB BANDS EACH RECEIVED SUPERIOR RATINGS AT ALL FIVE OF THE JAZZ COMPETITIONS IN WHICH THEY PARTICIPATED IN 2018.

after school. Entrance to these ensembles is by audition only. The Competition Band is composed of the very best musicians and is geared to enter area jazz festivals and competitions in the spring. The Lab Band is designed to prepare musicians for the Competition Band and competes in many of the same jazz festivals.


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FRESHMAN BAND AND ADVANCED BAND are the other bands

PIT ORCHESTRA is comprised entirely of students at La Salle

at the school. Freshman Band is made up of all freshmen, allowing

College High School as no alumni or professional musicians are

them to gain experience by themselves before advancing.

hired or engaged in the school’s musical theater production. The

The Advanced Band does not perform outside the school, but

students are selected by Music Department staff members based

plays charts like the Honors Band. This band is composed of

on their ability to perform challenging pieces and provide all of the

sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

necessary instrumentation for the show. Rehearsals, which are held both before and after school, begin in October for a musical

PEP BAND utilizes the entire Music Department, from freshmen

production that is performed in the spring. Many of La Salle’s

to seniors. The Pep Band plays at all football games during the

musicians are also used in Pit Orchestras at other local high schools.

year and performs numbers from the Star Spangled Banner and the Alma Mater to Louie, Louie. The Pep Band can be heard from start to finish behind the Explorers. Members also participate in various parades.


“MUSIC IS BOTH ACCLAIMED AND CELEBRATED AT LA SALLE! WITH MANY CLASSES BUILT INTO THE SCHOOL DAY, THERE ARE A GREAT DEAL OF OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE ARTS. THE TALENTED FACULTY IS COMPRISED OF WORKING MUSICIANS THAT CONTINUALLY INSPIRE THEIR STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT A HIGHER LEVEL. SEVERAL BANDS AND ENSEMBLES PERFORM FOR THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY AS WELL AS COMPETE IN MULTI-STATE AND REGIONAL COMPETITIONS. WHEN ONE IS A MEMBER OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, THERE IS A STRONG SENSE OF COMRADERY AND PRIDE DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT AND APPRECIATION FROM THE ENTIRE LA SALLE COMMUNITY.” Scott Blanke ‘17 University of the Arts

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La Salle College High School will produce four performances of the six-time Tony-award winning musical, Chicago, March 14-17, 2019. With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, La Salle will be one of the first high schools to perform the show, which is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and continues to play at the Ambassador Theater in New York. The actors and musicians will perform much of Bob Fosse’s original choreography and La Salle’s production will include a 15-member, all-student pit orchestra who will play the entire score onstage and be conducted by a member of the Competition Band.


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THEATER

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In 2018, La Salle celebrated 50 years of musical theater at the

from approximately fifteen different Broadway Musicals during a

school. With over one hundred La Salle students along with

single evening performance. A capacity crowd of nearly 800 people

girls from surrounding high schools, La Salle’s theater program

attends the event, Broadway Wishes, which raises over $30,000

is recognized as one of the top programs in Southeastern

for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that provides

Pennsylvania. Producing two shows per year, the theater

hope, joy, and support to children fighting life-threatening illnesses,

program offers students the opportunity to become involved in

allowing them to dream bigger than their hospital rooms would

and learn every aspect of the theater from performance; playing

normally allow.

as a member of the pit orchestra; to every aspect of designing and running a show. One of the unique aspects of the program is that the student gets the responsibility of performing in or managing a full-scale production. Recent productions include: The Drowsy Chaperone (2018), The Producers (2017), Crazy For You (2016), Spamalot (2015), and 42nd Street (2014). Each spring, the combined talents of over nearly seventy students from La Salle College High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, and Gwynedd Mercy Academy perform numbers


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CHORUS La Salle’s expanding choral program has four very active performing groups: The Belcrofters (advanced performing ensemble), Upperclassmen Chorus, Freshman Chorus, and an A Cappella Group. In addition to annual concerts at Christmas and in the spring, these groups perform at many functions in and around La Salle. Smaller ensembles enhance our school liturgies by providing music. Over 80 students are actively engaged in one or more of the school’s choral programs.


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NOTABLE ALUMNI THEATER Christopher DiLella ‘06

Ron Kurowski ‘71

Hugh Panaro ‘82

Marty Silvestri ‘67

CNBC

A Chorus Line (Broadway and West End)

The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway), Les Miserables (Broadway), Show Boat (Broadway and West End)

Composer and Arranger Musical Director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway)

Frank DiLella ‘02

Christopher Matthews ‘63

Fran Prisco ’90

Christopher Smith ‘88

Emmy Award-Winning Television Host of “On Stage”

Emmy Award-Winning Television Host of “Hardball”

Composer, Lyricist, and Author

NY1 News

NBC and MSNBC

Forever Plaid (National Tour), Guys and Dolls (Fulton Opera House), Annie (Walnut Street Theatre)

David Cianci ’86

Master Sgt. Joseph Haughton ’98

Steve Lyon ’02

William McLaughlin ‘61

The Philly Pops (Trombonist)

The Singing Sergeants/U.S. Air Force Band

William dePasquale ‘51

Felix Manzi ‘07

Professional Woodwind (Multiple) Artist and Member of Broadway Orchestras (West Side Story, The Addams Family, Something Rotten, Little Miss Sunshine, Heathers the Musical, and The Book of Mormon)

Composer, Conductor (Kansas City Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra), Music Educator, and Peabody Award-winning public radio host of Exploring Music and Saint Paul Sunday

Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, World-Class Violinist

Composer and Professional Percussionist (Glenn Miller Orchestra)

Producer of Amazing Grace (Broadway)

MUSIC

Performed and Recorded with Placido Domingo, Kristin Chenoweth, Rebecca Luker, and Kelli O’Hara

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WHERE WORDS FAIL, MUSIC SPEAKS. Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038 215 402 4800 phone 215 233 0284 fax www.lschs.org

Music at La Salle College High School  

LA SALLE’S HIGHLY REGARDED AND COMPREHENSIVE MUSIC PROGRAM IS UNMATCHED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY. Recognizing that student...

Music at La Salle College High School  

LA SALLE’S HIGHLY REGARDED AND COMPREHENSIVE MUSIC PROGRAM IS UNMATCHED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DELAWARE VALLEY. Recognizing that student...