In the excitement and anticipation of another growing year for its performing arts program, Chaminade Julienne announces the hiring of Luke Grieshop as the new director for its marching band, Eagle Pride. Grieshop graduated from the University of Dayton in May with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and comes to CJ with great experience — that of being a staff member of Eagle Pride for the last two years. In addition to supporting the program, he instructed the brass section and designed show drills for the group.
"We are pleased to welcome Luke to CJ as director, and look forward to the energy he will bring to Eagle Pride and our performing arts department," said Debi Schutt, director of performing arts. "His talents and skills will be an asset as we continue to revitalize our program and serve the needs of our students."
Educated in Marianist tradition at UD, Grieshop continues to find and appreciate the simularities at CJ. "It's about building community and collaborating with other groups in the school. I am excited for a continued relationship with students, faculty and the community. In the past, I've also met supportive parents, and I look forward to that."
The number of students participating in the band and guard is already projected to experience growth for the fall season. Plus, the group will have the added thrill of debuting new uniforms in the fall — and holding band camp at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles. "It will be new facilities, new momentum and new shows," said Grieshop, anticipating the group's spirit-filled participation in home football games, and contributing to the festive atmosphere in the stadium.
In the short term, Grieshop is already preparing for mini-camp which is being held May 30 through June 1, from 4-7 p.m., with an open call to students who think they may want to participate in the fall. He plans to introduce new tools and methods in teaching students how to bring marching drills alive on the field.
In addition to directing Eagle Pride for the coming year, Grieshop will also serve as music teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary School, where he plans to help cultivate new student interest in playing in band.
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Students who are interested in becoming a member of Eagle Pride marching band or guard or who want to know more about the program should email Mr. Luke Grieshop.