Holy Family Cathedral School
At Holy Family Cathedral School, the harmony of drums, woodwinds, and brass instruments now resonate throughout the building. Armed with a dream, Maria Snow joined the staff at Holy Family Cathedral School and began the first fully integrated band program in any Oklahoma Catholic school in 2016.
Since its inception, the program has grown from a Beginning Band comprised of 6th grade students to a complete middle school band program with a Beginning Band and an Advanced Band comprised of 7th and 8th grade students. The program also added a Percussion Ensemble, consisting of all the percussion students throughout the program, who performed at the Holy Family Cathedral School Spring Arts Festival this past May.
Mrs. Snow set her sights further, desiring to offer band to all Tulsa area Catholic school and homeschool students through an after school Band Conservatory in addition to the integrated band program. The students in the Conservatory practice four days a week with the Holy Family students and perform at concerts and in Dallas at the Sandy Lake Band Competition.
The group had their first successful festival performance at the Sandy Lake Band Competition in Dallas in the spring of 2017 and performed 2 additional concerts that year. In the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Snow traveled to the competition in Dallas with twice as many students, proudly returning with a large trophy.
Mrs. Snow believes the life and soul of every human being can be enriched by participation in an instrumental music program. As is stated daily, one of the aims of Holy Family Cathedral School is to develop students into articulate, faith-filled leaders and peacemakers who shine the light of Christ for all to see. This end cannot be fully realized without the grit, confidence, and solidarity of a group where the success of the group fully depends on the personal investment and success of each member. Band participation at HFCS provides every student a chance to realize this goal in a setting that instills the sacrificial love demonstrated by the Holy Family.
The ability of our school to hire a band instructor and establish a band both for our school and the broader Catholic community in our area is thanks in large part to the generosity of The Black and Indian Mission Office. Your continued support makes the difference for our students, and brings not only the benefits of rigorous academic instruction, but access to the fine arts as well.