Normandy High School Band Program
The Normandy High School Band is led by Mr. Bernard Long Jr. Students can choose to participate in the Marching Band, Jazz Band or Concert Band — or all three. Band members can expect to be challenged by Mr. Long, who is also a working musician and music aficianado, having studied with legendary band professor and director Mr. Ronald Carter. Mr. Long ensures his students are versed in a wide range of music genres and has invited colleagues from the industry to conduct free music clinics and lessons. Band students have also participated in a variety of grand openings and special events throughout the region including the America's Birthday Party, National Blues Museum Grand Opening, and St. Louis Art Museum Winter Fest. The Marching Band has also earned first and second place in the Annie Malone May Day Parade for the last three years. Students have also been selected to participate in the North County Big Band, Lindenwood Honors Band, and special Q&A session with music legend Wynton Marsalis.
The high school band is growing and to meet the need, the Collaborative recently purchased new instruments for students. The band has also received generous donations from the St. Louis Community Foundation and Jazz St. Louis. The program will continue to grow with the success of the feeder programs (band and orchestra) in the Normandy 7th-8th Grade Center.