Director of Bands
Mr. Jason A. Umberg
Phone: (513) 423-0723 x.235
Falcon Force Band Staff
Abby Anderson (Asst. Director)
Yusuf Polley '06 (Percussion)
Gloria Scheibert '01 (Guard)
Leah Schwenck (Choreographer)
Matt Steed '08 (Percussion Tech)
Music Department Philosophy
The study of music contributes in significant ways to the quality of life for every student who elects to participate in organized music making in school. Every musical work is a product of its time and place, although some transcend their original settings and continue to appeal to mankind through their timeless and universal appeal. Music has been and always will be a significant factor in the pursuit of knowledge. It is our primary concern to expose the students in band and chorus at Bishop Fenwick High School to a wide variety of musical styles and composers by offering performance in a variety of musical ensembles. Through these experiences we shall enrich and expand the student's aesthetic awareness of all musical experiences.
Bishop Fenwick offers opportunities in instrumental and vocal music classes during the school day. Students develop both technical skills on their instruments and appreciation and awareness of various styles and periods in music history through rehearsal and performance of wind literature from all musical periods, with particular emphasis on contemporary wind and percussion works.
Chorus members develop individual and group vocal skills as they rehearse and perform vocal works from the Renaissance through modern and popular styles. Chorus presents two concerts each year; the first in December and a spring concert in May. The Band presents two concerts each year, in December and May, along with a solo/ensemble recital in March. The band and chorus classes also perform as part of the annual graduation ceremonies.
The Marching Band is a co-curricular organization directly connected to the band class. This competitive group rehearses during the summer and outside the regular school day The band performs at all varsity football games, as well as competing at the local and national levels. The band also makes appearances at local community events and parades. In addition to the marching band and band class, members of the band program are eligible to participate in the Falcon Force “Side Forces” including pep band, jazz ensemble, winter guard and winter percussion.
To learn more about course offerings through the Music Department please refer to the 2013-14 Course of Studies.
Please contact Mr. Jason A. Umberg, Director of Bands, for additional information or questions about music at Bishop Fenwick High School:
Phone: (513) 423-0723 x.235
If you have specific questions about chorus please contact Mrs. Kathy Griffith, Chorus Director:
Phone: (513) 423-0723 x.392