Crown Point High School Band Director
Johann Sletto is Director of Bands for Crown Point High School. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Valparaiso University, and his Master’s Degree from Vandercook College of Music. He taught middle school band, choir and general music in Connecticut and Illinois before moving to Indiana to teach High School Band.
Under his direction, the Crown Point Band has been the recipient of the ISSMA All Music Award in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Mr. Sletto has presented at the IMEA General Music Convention in 2012, as well as numerous appearances at Valparaiso University. Johann is the recipient of the Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award 2012, as well as a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the Crown Point Community Schools in 2012. In his free time he plays trumpet in Windiana, Northwest Indiana’s Professional Concert Band, and spends time with his wife and two boys.
Crown Point High School Pep Band Director and Assistant Royal Regiment Director
Kevin McBride is the Crown Point High School Pep Band Director and Assistant Director for the Royal Regiment, Crown Point High School’s Marching Band. As a former Crown Point High School music student, he is happy to be working with music in the district again. He worked very strongly with the music department at Ball State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. While currently teaching at Solon Robinson Elementary School, Mr. McBride works with the band and theatre department extra-curricular activities.
Beginning Concert Band – Behavioral and musical expectations are generally the same as for the Intermediate and Advanced Bands. The focus of this ensemble is technical and musical skills development necessary to successfully audition for and perform with the Advanced and Intermediate Bands. For this reason, private lessons are strongly encouraged. This ensemble is designed primarily for freshmen students. Members are encouraged to participate in All-Region Band auditions and ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest. Rehearsals are during school with occasional after school commitments. Membership is by audition.
Intermediate Concert Band – The Intermediate Band is our second performing and competing ensemble. Behavioral and musical expectations are generally the same as for the Advanced Band. Participation in the All-District / All- Region Band audition, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest and private lessons are strongly encouraged. Rehearsals are during the school day with occasional after school commitments. Membership is by audition.
Advanced Concert Band – The Advanced Band is the premier ensemble in the band program and is designed for the advanced musician. Members of the Advanced Band are expected to exhibit the finest in musicianship and consistently demonstrate the self-discipline and responsibility necessary for the organization to achieve success. It is expected that students will strive to participate in the District Band, All-State Band, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest, and should be enrolled in private lessons. Rehearsals are during the school day with occasional after school commitments. Membership is by audition.
Music Theory – This course is open to any student wanting to expand their knowledge of music construction and composition. The information covered will include knowledge of the names or the noted, identification of notes to a piano keyboard, all major minor key signatures and scales, time signatures, note values, intervals, understanding of rhythmic figures, aural association to pitch, the ability to identify construction of music, chords and inversions, rhythmic organization, procedures for four-part writing, chord structure analysis, transposition, and aural association to musical structure.
AP Music Theory – Students must complete the recommended independent review course work prior to beginning of class. The ultimate goal of AP Music Theory is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music heard or presented in a score. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to this course. It is also assumed that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. AP Music Theory must be taken concurrently with Advance Mixed Chorus, Advanced Band, or Advanced Orchestra.
Music History and Appreciation – Students enrolled in this class will learn about popular music, starting with its beginnings in the blues to present day. It will address not only the different musical styles that are encompassed by the word “rock and roll,” but also address the social concerns and history of our country that helped formed the music medium.
Royal Regiment – The Royal Regiment has a rich history in Crown Point. In the early 1970’s, the Crown Point Marching Bulldogs won the State Fair. In the late 70’s, Laura VerMuelen, who was Drum Major at the time, won the contest to rename the Marching Bulldogs. Currently, the Royal Regiment is a voluntary organization within the band department. The band has doubled in size over the past five years, and currently operates at 100 students, one of the largest marching bands in the area. They participate in numerous parades, football games, pep rallies and marching invitationals. They consistently receive gold ratings and achievement awards from judges.
Jazz Band – Crown Point has had a long tradition of great jazz programs. In the 1970′s, they actually played at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. The group is comprised of 25 auditioned students from band and orchestra.
Pep Band –The Pep Band is a volunteer group of students who perform at several home basketball games. The group continues to work on musicianship through performance of a different kind of music, promote the music department to an audience that would not have otherwise heard us, and support the school through our spirited music. There is no audition for this group, but enrollment in a major ensemble is required. Rehearsals are held before each game, and a schedule of events will be distributed at the beginning of the basketball season. A member in good standing will earn 2 letter points.