The Cats Bands family features unique ensembles of saxes, trumpets,trombones, rhythm section and vocalists, performing a repertoire of popular music that includes jazz, blues, R&B and rock. Centennial is one of the only schools in Ontario to have such ensembles. The bands are open to students of all ages, based on level of ability (i.e. passing an audition).
The Cats' Meow is an instrumental group consisting of a rhythm section and horns. The Alley Cats is a full band for junior students. The Cats Band is a full band for more experienced students.
Rehearsals are once a week, plus occasional sectional work.
Small vocal and/or instrumental combos are made up of more experienced performers. Combos may include vocal quartets, guitar trios, small jazz combos, as well as ensembles for woodwind, brass or percussion. Rehearsals are established according to students’ schedules.
This ensemble explores medium level concert band repertoire and is involved with various concerts, public performances and festivals. This group is open to players of all ages with at least one semester of playing experience. Rehearsals are once a week, plus occasional sectional work.
The students in this group assist with the planning and organizing of various concerts, trips and fund-raising efforts. Students of all ages and abilities who participate in any music class and/or performing ensemble are welcome to join the Music Council. The Music Council meets once a week during lunch, plus occasional follow-up meetings.
In alternating years, the Centennial Drama and Music Departments put on a full-scale musical production. Experienced players from the Concert Band combine with professional musicians from the community to provide the music for the show. Weekly rehearsals (plus occasional sectional work) begin immediately following Winter exams, and become more intense approaching show time in late April.