The Band of Brothers is a schoolwide system that helps create leadership opportunities as well as growth in camaraderie across class lines. The system began in the Fall of 2007 and has continued to grow in strength and popularity each and every year. The students involved aspire to grow their Character to match-up with what the 4 pillars of the Band of Brothers stand for:
The Band of Brothers embrace Christian Brother values that Brother Rice High School was built upon. The system enhances the pastoral care to all students, strengthens its sense of community, promotes the development of relationships, and enables a more proactive development of leadership skills before heading off to college.
The 6 Bands that the students become a part of are named after 5 Catholic Saints as well as 1 Archangel. Students are given the opportunity to learn about the unique lives these Saints lived, and are encouraged to mimic the character values that they displayed in their everyday life:
Each Band consists of roughly 100 students, who are then broken up into 5 Mentor Groups, which consist of equal numbers of Freshmen, Sophomores, Junors, and Seniors. The 30 Mentor Groups in the school take time each day to communicate with each other, to compete alongside each other, and to ultimately grow closer over time. They will participate regularly in Mentor Group competitions against other Groups from different Bands. These daily 11-minute meetings are primarily led by student leaders (Roughly 70 each year). Band Captains (elected by the students) and Small Group Leaders (elected by the teachers and staff) set the tone for each day’s activities. Friendly Band competitions take place the entire school year in areas such as:
Points for each of the above competitions are accumulated throughout the school year. The Band with the highest point total at the end of the school year becomes the proud recipient of a Championship T-shirt that can be worn during May in lieu of the school Dress Code, as well as having their Band name inscribed on the Edmund Rice Challenge Cup.
With the diverse competitions shown above, it’s easy to see that ALL members of the Band: old and young, tall and small, are extremely valuable to the Band itself. Whether students use their intellect, their athletic prowess, their self-control, their discipline, their social skills, their predictive powers, or their persuasive powers, each and every talent is of the utmost importance to the good of the Band. It’s a microcosm of the Body of Christ laid out in 1 Corinthians 12: 1-27. All members of the Band are important and are encouraged to use their God-given talents and gifts to advance the greater good of the Band as a whole, and in the process give glory to God.
Will students lose their class identity?
No. The school will continue to hold many activities by class, including the academic curriculum, sports, lunch periods, Class meetings, Class mixers, Junior/Senior Prom, etc.
Will all students become leaders?
Yes, that is the goal. The school recognizes that there are many different levels and styles of leadership. At the conclusion of his Junior year, each student will participate in an in-depth Christian Brother Leadership Training Program that will prepare him for his role as a Senior Leader. Underclassmen also will be called to lead in various capacities throughout high school .
Will the daily schedule change because of the Band System?
Yes. While class time will remain essentially the same, the time allotted for Mentor Group and Band activities may necessitate other changes in the schedule.
Does the Band System really work?
Yes. Prior to its implementation, our extensive research indicated that it can have a positive, transforming effect on a school family; how effective that change is depends on the leadership and effort of the student body. After four years of the Band system, positive results are measuarble in many areas, including grades, discipline, Christian service, etc.