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An Academic & Co-Curricular Program

The VISTA Band program has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Members regularly receive local and state awards. VISTA Band encompasses the musical talent from both STA and Visitation schools..

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  • To teach music by its actual performance.
  • To develop performance skills of the various wind and percussion instruments.
  • To provide for the musical needs of the school and community.
  • To develop discrimination between selections of music.
  • To acquaint students with Music Theory/Music History and how history and music composition relate to students’ current life and musical experiences.
  • To provide all students with the opportunity for worthy use of their time, a means for self-expression, and a healthy social experience while fostering leadership skills within each student.
  • To develop the ability to function as a responsible member of a group, to enhance interaction, and develop Esprit de Corps.

Band Curriculum in Brief

The performing ensembles in the VISTA instrumental music program is open to any student genuinely interested in learning and growing musically. Performing ensembles serve as a laboratory for student musicians, allowing for the synthesis of individual skills and talents into unified musical expression. While the focus of the ensemble is largely on group expression, individual musicianship is developed through daily attention to the fundamentals of music and music making. To find out more about the curricular component of Band, please see the course description handbook.


While band is an academic course offered at STA/VIS, many of our activities occur outside the regularly scheduled school day. To recognize and encourage participation in these activities, band students may earn points toward the VISTA Band letter. Points are awarded as a means of affirming student efforts and dedication to the VISTA Band program. 
Complete Letter Policy.

** Please do not let financial consideration prevent you or your student from participating. Please contact the Business Office to make confidential arrangements.

Visitation – Katie Owens-Director of Financial Grants – – (651) 683-1742

Saint Thomas Academy – Pam Kunkel –Director of Business Affairs - - (651) 683-1510

VISTA Pep Band Items

The Band Black stocking hats and blue baseball hats are available in the Cadet Maker bookstore for purchase.

Way to show your VISTA Band pride!

STA Band Member playing at State

STA Band Practicing


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2019-20 Band Banquet