Mr. Greg Normandin '78 Elected President of Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association
Anyone who knows about the Catholic Central music program knows that Mr. Greg Normandin '78 is incredibly gifted at nurturing young men's interest in music. He has been at the helm of the program for 37+ years and is one of only two men to lead the music program at CC in the history of the school.
His talents and dedication to music have not gone unnoticed by his peers, as Mr. Normandin has been nominated and subsequently elected as President of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.
This statewide organization is responsible for Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Band and Orchestra Festivals, All-State Band and Orchestra, and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Band and Orchestra. More than 1,000 schools and over 1,500 teachers belong to the MSBOA.
Mr. Normandin is the first non-Public school President in the history of the MSBOA; a historic occasion, and a well-fitting tribute of the high regard his peers hold him in.
Prior to his role as President, Mr. Normandin has served the MSBOA as Vice President of Orchestral Activities, Vice President of Adjudication, and Vice President of Solo and Ensemble. He has also been recognized by the MSBOA as Band Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
Under his guidance, the Catholic Central Band and Orchestra has maintained a reputation for excellence at a state level, traditionally earning first scores at MSBOA festivals in every category, every year. Numbers in the band have held steady or grown, and Mr. Normandin was able to add an Orchestra to the school offerings in 2008, due to interest from students.
Mr. Normandin is able to work with students of all levels of talent and experience, from the basic beginning band made up of students who have never played an instrument, to students looking to pursue careers in music. A telling fact of his musical influence is that Mr. Normandin has at least 10 former students leading music programs at middle schools or high schools throughout the country, from Chicago to Texas.
Congratulations to Mr. Normandin on this well-deserved honor, and thank you for all that you do to keep the love of music alive and well!
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.