Xavier bands offer a broad music education experience with students performing in Concert Band, the “Marching Saints” Marching Band, Jazz Bands One and Two, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band and Pit Orchestra. Each year, students are selected for the prestigious Iowa All-State Band, the Iowa All-State Jazz Band and other area honor bands. Xavier band students also take part in many small group and solo events in the spring.
Xavier bands travel every three years, offering a variety of educational and musical experiences to its members. Recently, bands have performed in Toronto, ON, CA, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.
The Xavier band program is directed by Ms. Kelli Swehla. Under Ms. Swehla’s direction, Xavier has amassed a number of Division I ratings at state festivals, received many first-place finishes and qualfied for the Iowa Jazz Championships for five consecutive years. The band program is very popular at Xavier with nearly 100 students involved in the band community.