Grades 4 – 8

Band is offered to students in grades 4-8 through the Bellarmine Parochial Band Program.  The Band Director from Bellarmine Prep provides quality instrumental music instruction onsite at each participating parochial school in Pierce County including Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Two band programs are offered, Beginning Band and Advanced Band, consisting of two 50-minute rehearsals each week at Saint Patrick Catholic School. County-wide Advanced Band rehearses twice a month, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Bellarmine Prep. The Beginning Band has a few evening rehearsals around concert time only.

Beginning Band
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 12:45-1:20 PM | Art Room
Advanced Band
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 1:25-2:15| Skip Butler Gym

The full Bellarmine Parochial Band performs together, giving nearly 200 students the opportunity to perform at seasonal concerts and community events with full instrumentation.


Ms. Hope Bales is the Head Band Director for the Bellarmine Parochial Band. In addition to being the primary teacher for in-school rehearsals, she will lead the evening combined rehearsals at Bellarmine.

Mr. Casey Whitson is the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Bellarmine Preparatory School. He will lead the Parochial Jazz Band as an extra opportunity for students to gain exposure to the Jazz genre if they so choose. He is also a valuable resource and contact for the Parochial Band Program and will occasionally volunteer for Parochial events and rehearsals.

The Parochial Band maintains a partnership with Pacific Lutheran University’s Music Education Majors and employs them to help at multiple schools in the Parochial Band Program. One or two PLU student teachers will be on board this year.

Program Registration

If you are interested in joining the Bellarmine Parochial Band, fill out the registration interest form online to receive emails about the program. Formal registration and payment contracts will be provided in the first days of the 2019 – 2020 school year. Returning students should update their registration. The cost for the Band program is $45 per month to be paid via Saint Patrick Catholic School in September 2019.


Instrument Rental

Complete the Instrument Rental Form and bring it to Band Instrument Rental Night Instruments can also be rented online at Ted Brown MusicUse promo code PVH.

Bellarmine Parochial Band Instrument Rental Night 

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Bellarmine Preparatory School

 Allen Hall
2300 South Washington Street | Tacoma, WA


If you have questions about instrument rentals, email Mr. Pat Van Haren, the representative for Ted Brown Music.        

If you have questions about Band, email Ms. Hope Bales, Head Band Director for the Bellarmine Parochial Band.