The Cathedral-Carmel School Band program is the oldest school music program in Lafayette, LA. The program offers 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students a wide variety of musical experiences from graded concert bands to percussion ensembles. Students offer their talents through performance in concerts, masses, and sporting events. Students develop their skills in a variety of disciplines including solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble work from private instruction to small group and large class instruction. CCS band students can select from, and perform in a variety of ensembles.
The bands at the Cathedral-Carmel School were created to support the musical needs for Cathedral-Carmel community. Furthermore, the band program strives to provide students a fundamentally sound musical education, experiences of quality musical performances, and an appreciation for the arts. The band program's primary purpose is to serve God through music. The Cathedral-Carmel School Band is directed by Mr. Greig Ashurst.
S. Greig Ashurst has nearly 20 years of teaching in both public and private schools and universities in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. This is his first year at the Cathedral-Carmel School. Previously, he taught instrumental and choral music and was selected the 2008-2009 “Teacher of the Year” at North Vermilion High School in Maurice, LA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He is an active music educator, writer, percussionist, conductor, and clinician in local, state, and national music organizations. In addition, Mr. Ashurst is the Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, LA. He is also the technology and music education consultant for Schulmerich’s new MelodyWave® instrument. Mr. Ashurst maintains a very industrious schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.