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Overview of our Band Program
The Band program at Cardinal O'Hara is one of excellence and tradition. Over the years, our performing ensembles have established themselves as some of the most cherished in the Delaware County and Greater Philadelphia area. Join us, and be a part of the O'Hara Band Family, not only for the next four years, but for a lifetime!
As part of our commitment to excellence in the arts, we pride ourselves in providing a well-rounded musical education for our students. Band at O'Hara is not just an extracurricular activity, but forms part of our academic curriculum. In addition to the various ensemble opportunities, students also receive a weekly private lesson on their instrument from instructors who are professionals in their field. 
Ensembles at Cardinal O'Hara
Concert Band
Our Concert Band performs at our Christmas Concert and Fine Arts Night. Throughout the Spring, we travel to various Concert Band festivals in the area, most recently having participated in the Temple Concert Band Festival. Concert Band meets during 8th period band class with occasional after school rehearsals. Director: Mr. Ramirez
Marching Band
Our Marching Band kicks off with Band Camp in August to prepare our field show. Additionally, we cheer our football team in the stands with music at football games in addition to encouraging School Spirit at pep rallies. Throughout the year we perform in various parades in the community. In the past we have played for the Phillies Home Opener and also played for the visit of Pope Francis in 2015. Meets as part of the 8th period band class with occasional after school rehearsals. Director: Mr. Ramirez
Jazz Ensemble
Our Jazz Ensemble performs at our Christmas Concert and Fine Arts Night, in addition to the various events we're invited to play for throughout the school year. The ensemble focuses on learning and practicing various jazz styles and improvisation techniques. Students who play an instrument are invited to join us! Jazz Ensemble rehearsals Mondays after school in the O'Hara Band Room. Moderators: Mr. Ramirez, Mr. Lombardelli
O'Hara Lions Drumline
The newest addition to our extracurricular ensembles--the O'Hara Lions Drumline is modeled after the NFL Eagles Drumline. The Drumline performs at pep rallies and basketball games. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm. Moderators: Mr. Ramirez, Mr. O'Shea, Mr. Innes
Color Guard
The Color Guard is part of the Marching Band "unit". Modeled after military guards, they perform with flags and other military-inspired props while engaging in dance choreography. In the Winter and Spring, they compete independently throughout the Southeastern PA region. In the past they have traveled to Wildwood, NJ for championships, and were Scholastic Class A champions in the Tournament Indoor Association in 2017. Moderators: Mr. Ramirez, Mrs. Weidenmiller