Band

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The Covenant Christian Academy band was established in 1992 to provide a band program for families who have chosen home schooling for the education of their children. It is open to home school students in the north Alabama area from any covering. The band participates in district and state band events such as the Solo and Ensemble Festival, Music Performance Assessment, All-state, and district honor band festivals. We also have a yearly spring band camp retreat. The CCA band is first of all a ministry. Students in an instrumental music program learn not only music skills but other life lessons. They learn the value of hard work and diligence; they learn the importance of each part to the whole; they learn that different gifts and abilities contribute to the whole in unique ways. Many experiences in band can be transferred to our family, church and community life.

Basic Classes

Beginning Band

If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument, beginning band is for them.  Typical instruments include the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet or cornet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

Tuesdays,  2-3 PM,  Tuition $70/semester

Concert Band

For students that have had at least a year of experience playing an instrument.

Tuesdays, 10:30-12.  Tuition $85/semester

Symphonic Band

For students that have had about 2 years of experience playing an instrument.  Audition is required.  Students auditioning for Symphonic Band must pass off all 12 major scales and arpeggios, 2 octave chromatic scale, perform the first listed middle school level all state requirement, and sightread.  Flute, clarinet, and mallets must attempt scales 2 octaves.   Percussion may choose the snare or mallet prepared piece, but must pass sightreading on both.

Tuesdays,  9-10:30.  Tuition $85/semester

Additional Fees:  Music Fee $20/student/year Non-CCA Student Fee $25 per semester

Specialty Classes

Jazz Band

For students who have had a year or more of experience on their instrument.

Tuesdays, 3-4 PM.  Tuition $70/semester

Percussion Band

For students who have had at least a year of experience on their instrument.  A student does not have to be a percussionist to join this class!  Strongly recommended for all percussionists in concert and symphonic band.

Tuesdays, 1-2 PM.  Tuition $70/semester

There is no additional tuition fee for either of these classes, if student is a member of concert or symphonic band.

Band tuition is considered a semester fee, but you may pay for the whole year in a lump sum. Please make tuition checks payable to Dr. David Spencer.

You can download the registration form here.

To contact Dr. Spencer, email:  wdschs2 [at] gmail.com

You can view the banner for the CCA Band here.

Band Director

Dr. David Spencer is the Band Director for CCA’s Band Program. He comes to CCA with 37 years of experience teaching high school bands, most recently serving as director of bands at Huntsville High School. He has taught concert band, marching band, jazz band, music theory and history, and music appreciation. He has received Superior ratings in marching, concert, and jazz competitions for the last 10 years. Dr. Spencer has taught brass and jazz band at William Carey College and the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for 34 years, 10 as principal trumpet. In 2011, Dr. Spencer was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Brass Band of Huntsville. He is also the founder and conductor of the Twickenham Winds. Dr. Spencer has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence six times.