Music plays an important role at Northridge. And there are many opportunities for students to perform for parents and classmates throughout the year. Our programs are designed to provide the following educational benefits to all students:
Develops Congnitive Skills
Supports both musical and non-musical cognitive dexterity.
Helps students build listening skills, collaboration skills, and leadership skills.
Building a Deep Sense of Beauty
Through growing in the discipline required to create something beauty, students learn to appreciate this ideal.
High School Band meets four days a week, and is open to 9th through 12th graders with two or more years of experience on flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, or electric bass.
Drummers must audition to become part of the percussion section and other instruments may be permitted based on ability and compatibility with the band.
The high school band performs various styles of music before the Northridge community at the annual Christmas concert and spring concert and plays at various school functions, including all home varsity basketball games.
The Sound of a Professional Outfit
Our High School band is high quality, often mistaken as a professional outfit. Moreover, most of the practice takes place during the school day Activity Period, so athletes are able to participate in the music program and their sports.
About the Music Director Mr. John Riccobono
- B.A., M.A. New England Conservatory of Music
- Year Appointed: 2013
Mr. Riccobono began his career as principal percussionist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, while at the same time performing as a freelance jazz pianist and vibraphonist. As an educator, Mr. Riccobono served as the director of the Supplemental Program for Educational Skills (SPES), a program providing academic enrichment and character education for boys living in Boston’s inner city. Here he started an instrumental music program with a few donated instruments, teaching all the lessons and directing rehearsals. The music program eventually grew to over 100 students with three ensembles for different age-levels and professional musicians volunteering to help with lessons. The SPES jazz band made several tours, performing in cities such as Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago. Mr. Riccobono moved to the Bronx, NY to become director of the Crotona Center, a character education program for boys, and most recently worked at the Midtown Center in Chicago, assisting with volunteer training and teaching character during the summer program.