CBA is proud to offer two bands and a jazz ensemble. The bands, which are offered to both junior high and senior high students, meet every other day. Students will have a lesson every sixth school day, which rotates throughout the student’s schedule. In addition to the two bands, CBA has a Jazz Ensemble, which is available to students in grades 7-12. This group meets twice per week after school.
The students have an opportunity to showcase their talents to family and friends at the annual Christmas and Spring Concert. Band students have also performed at NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), Darien Lake Music Festival, and Six Flags Great Adventure. Every year students qualify for events such as Area All-State, Conference All-State, and All-County festivals.
CBA orchestra welcomes all levels of string musicians. Students meet in a large ensemble format on every other day rotation. Musicians in the orchestra perform many types of music throughout the year, including jazz, popular, and classical genres. Students will have a lesson every sixth school day, which rotates throughout the student’s schedule. The CBA orchestra gives two large ensemble concerts each year.
Students performing at the required NYSSMA level standards may choose to audition for CBA Advanced Chamber Orchestra. Audition requirements are announced in May, and auditions are held in September each year. The Advanced Orchestra meets after school on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00. Advanced Orchestra members perform at school assemblies, Open House, and school Masses, in addition to performances in the community.
Orchestra students have the opportunity to audition to participate in a variety of local and state-wide events including: All-County Orchestras, Area All-State Orchestras, Conference All-State Orchestras, Symphoria Youth Orchestras and the NYSSMA festivals held each May.
"The Music program was a highlight of my time at CBA. Not only was I able to challenge myself and grow as a musician, but I got the chance to travel to competitions with friends, audition for amazing groups around CNY, and get to know a whole network of supportive and fun people."