Gehlen Catholic's "Superior" Bands
marching band

The Gehlen Catholic has been blessed with a "superior" Instrumental Music Department. They are looking forward to another great year!

The 2017 Gehlen Catholic Competition Marching Band (CMB) was blessed with another very good fall. This year's theme was "Spanish Images".  The CMB earned at Starfest: 1st place in Class 1A/2nd Place Class 1A/2A; a "I" rating at the Iowa High School Music Association's State Marching Band Contest; and at the Dutchmen Field Championships: 1st Place, Best Color Guard, and Horn Line, along with the Pizza Ranch Triple "S" (Sportmanship) Award.

The Gehlen Catholic CMB will be performing at the Alamo Bowl in December 2018. The CMB's last trip was at the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Previously they performed in 2012 at the 2012 Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. In addition to performing at half-time of the Holiday Bowl, the band performed in the Big Balloon Bay Parade (which has more balloons than Macy's), where they earned 3rd place in Class A. The band also earned 1st Place in Class A and won all the awards in the field show competition.  Past Bowls also include the Autozone Bowl in Memphis; Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio; and the Champs Sports (former Citrus) Bowl in Orlando. The awards and trophies from the band's past bowls are on display outside the Kolker Library and Media Center at Gehlen.

Congratulations to the following musicians who were selected to the following honor bands. 

Drake Honor Band:

Jordan Larson, Tyler Zenk & Anthony Vera;

Northwest Iowa High School Honor Band:

Jordan Larson & Tyler Zenk;

BVU Honor Band:

Jordan Larson, Tyler Zenk, Beau Pravacek, and Anthony Vera 

Diocesan Honor Bands:

Megan Puhl, Kathryn Ripley, Isabelle & Lillian Kessenich, Anthony Vera, Malayna Hanks, Jordan & McKenzie Larson, Elizabeth          Hansen, Camille Plagge, Meredith Kellen, Sarah Stegge, Emily Klein, Isaac Vaske, Sera Chung, Landon Nilles, Tyler Zenk, Kaitlyn Norfolk, Morgan Murphy, Christian Conover, Christopher Holzmann, Karoline Kroll, Thomas Pohlen, Patricia Sitzmann, Isaia Lammers, Mitchell Hunt, Allison Ruden, Wyatt Tesch,  Raine    Foreman, Evan Steeg, & Addison Arens;

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Jazz Band placed 3rd at the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Festival in Class 1A. At Districts, they placed 5th in Class 1A; and 4th in Class 1A at the Morningside Jazz Festival.  Matthew Pavel received the Outstanding Musician Award in Class 1A at Districts and at the Morningside Jazz Festival.

Annually in the spring, students perform at the Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest.  

Most importantly, the 5-12 Instrumental Music Department wishes to thank those individuals and businesses for their support! The success of the Instrumental Music Department is attributed to your gift of time, talents, and treasures!

BVU Honor Band

color guard


Spring 2018 Band lesson schedule

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