It is the mission of the high school band program at Berean Academy to use the gift of music bestowed upon us from God to develop musicians of character, heart and proficiency in an environment of excellence, balance, and integrity. With a solid legacy of excellence, the band program strives to train young musicians not only in the art of music but also the teachings of Jesus Christ and the effect music has on a person’s mind, body, and most importantly their soul.
The theme verse for instrumental music at Berean Academy is Psalm 33:3 which says, “Sing to the Lord a new song, play skillfully, and shout for joy.” This verse covers the four components of performing music: the singer (sing to the Lord); the composer (a new song); play skillfully (the instrumentalist); the audience (shout for joy). Band classes focus on increasing the skills of playing an instrument and includes exploring the roles of the singer, composer,and audience.
Instrumental music at Berean Academy is offered in grades 5-12 with four distinct groups: 5th grade band, 6th grade band, junior high band, and high school band. Students in the junior high and high school bands also have the opportunity to perform individually, in ensembles, and as a large group at various events and concerts throughout the year. High school band includes participating in the concert band and pep band. Students in grades 7-12 audition and are selected for league, district, and state honor bands.
The standard for excellence in instrumental music and musicianship at Berean Academy is second to none. Mrs. Bev Lister has led the band program for over 30 years, achieving a level of excellence that has earned her junior high and high school bands I ratings for many years. Mrs. Lister is recognized as an outstanding director throughout the state of Kansas.