The Concert Band has always existed at St. Thomas More and has become a long-running tradition. Mr Gagnier has been the head of the Knight rMore (pronounced Knight Armour) band for six years, and has allowed MORE News to get the inside scoop on what exactly Knight rMore is, as well as what it does.
No audition is necessary to become a member of the band, and rehearsals take place on Wednesdays after school in Room 129 from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. Specifically, the band is looking for students who can play brass, woodwind, or percussion instruments. Brass includes trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba.The woodwind family consists of flute, clarinet, oboe, and the sax family. The percussion group of instruments includes the timpani, the snare drum, xylophone, and the vibraphone.
Knight rMore’s main purpose is to develop school spirit. You might see Knight rMore playing at school sporting events such as football games and both girls' and boys' basketball and volleyball games. For the past two years, the band has also played at the hockey championships. Mr. Gagnier is especially proud of “the fact that the students who perform in the band, [bring] a great energy to the venue. It brightens up the gym, it brings it alive”. Other schools are impressed by the excitement and energy the band generates. Mr Gagnier has received a lot of positive feedback from both the STM community and opposing coaches, players, and parents.
Knight rMore also competes in large competitions such as the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival and the Heritage Music Festival. For the past few years, students competing in the Heritage Festival have enjoyed the opportunity to travel. Two years ago, the Festival was held in New York City and last year it was in Chicago. This year Knight rMore plans to travel to Boston.
If you'd like to see the band perform, you'll get the chance at some of the upcoming games. Come out and help Knight rMore cheer on our Knights. If you are unable to attend any games, you can always catch Knight rMore at the annual Spring Concert, which also features the jazz band and the vocal ensemble.