The band program at Shawe Memorial Jr/Sr High School and Pope John XXIII Elementary School consists of 4 different levels: 5th Grade Beginning Band, 6th Grade Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band.
While band is a required class for 5th and 6th graders, once students are in 7th grade they may choose to continue or discontinue playing in band. Shawe offers two options for band: Concert Band and Symphonic Band. The Concert Band is made up of mostly junior high students and the few high school students who choose not to participate in marching band. The Symphonic Band is made up of high school students and select junior high students.
All members of Symphonic Band are required to participate in marching band and are eligible for the band’s annual spring trip. In the past, the band has taken trips to Kings Island and Cedar Point amusement parks. All Prince of Peace bands perform a minimum of two concerts per year (Christmas and Spring), while the Symphonic Band’s performance schedule is much more demanding.
In addition to Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Shawe band members may also participate in pep band and/or jazz band. The pep band, thus far, has been strictly voluntary, and performs at many home basketball games. The jazz band is new for 2015. The Shawe Marching “Band of Gold” competes at marching band competitions throughout September, October, and early November. Marching season officially begins during the last 2 weeks of July with pre-camp and band camp.
The 2014-2015 “Band of Gold” recently completed its first season of marching band competitions in school history. This year’s marching band consisted of 45 members and is made up of winds, percussion, and color guard performers. The band competed at 5 competitions and won several trophies throughout the season.