The St. Augustine High School Instrumental Music Program consists of a wide range of students from both St. Augustine and Academy of Our Lady of Peace. We offer a variety of ensembles to suit almost every musician's needs, whether you’re an advanced brass player, a beginning drummer, or you like just like to sing when no one is listening, we have something for you! All ensembles are open to everyone, with most of them being courses that meet your Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) graduation requirement. See the course catalog for more details about meeting times and possible prerequisites. Here is a sample of ensembles which you can perform: The Saints Band, our largest ensemble, is comprised of two classes, Concert Band for first year students, and Symphonic Band for returning band members. This group is open to students of all ability levels, including beginners. Every student in the music program participates in this group, as this is where students learn and refine their playing skills, while being exposed to a wide variety of ensemble settings and a diverse repertoire of music. Each quarter the band takes on a different performance theme:
- 1st Quarter: We perform at home football games, and a fall concert, typically shared with another local high school or university.
- 2nd Quarter: We form small ensembles that perform Christmas Concerts all over San Diego County. These student-led groups include brass quintets, saxophone quartets, percussion ensembles and more. We also perform our annual Christmas Concert in early December.
- 3rd Quarter: We perform at home basketball games and prepare a festival set for a local band festival where we receive a clinic with local professional musicians and educators.
- 4th Quarter: We prepare for our spring concert, which typically includes pops music, as well as film scores and other lighter selections. We also give a school-wide performance combined with art and drama, as well as prepare for graduation and end-of-the-year performances.