The Central Academy of Technology and Arts is home to over eight-hundred high school students in Union County, North Carolina who have chosen to focus their studies in one of six academies. The CATA Band Program is proud to offer students a traditional band experience within the academy setting complete with concert, marching and jazz ensembles that perform on a regular basis.

The CATA Band Program strives to create strong, independent, disciplined band members in an environment that is both enjoyable and educationally sound. Our program is designed to help students gain a feeling of accomplishment through personal effort, experience a spirit of cooperation through group participation, and provide an outlet for emotional release and creative expression all while mastering technical execution on their given instrument. 

The CATA Band Program is under the direction of Mr. Craig Retzlaff - craig.retzlaff@ucps.k12.nc.us

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CATA Band Family,

I wanted to let everyone know that from this point on, my availability will be very limited until the teacher workdays in August due to the birth of my daughter. If you have any questions about band camp, please direct them to Mr. Bolder jbolder1@carolina.rr.com and color guard questions to Mrs. Ammons at rebecca.ammons@uniondayschool.com. For any questions regarding the band boosters, please contact our band booster president Melonee Ray at catabandpresident@gmail.com. I am sure she can put you to work and help is needed! I look forward to meeting and seeing everyone in August! I'll try to let everyone know how Monday goes!

Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 Marching Season!  

Please register by July 7th to be guaranteed a spot in the Band of Blue Marching Band!  This includes all instrumentalists, percussionists and color guard members.

Click here to register!

The marching fee for the CATA Band of Blue is $200 for the season for returning members and $235 for first time marchers and is due the last student day for current CATA students and the first day of band camp for rising freshman. Please use the Paypal link below to handle the payment.  Students that owe any previous fees or have holds on their student accounts for marching or Winter guard fees will not be able to participate in marching band until those fees are paid in full. 

Summer Dates and Calendar:

26 - Student Leadership Camp 9:00-4:00 PM Band Room, Bus Parking Lot 9:00-11:00 AM
27 - Student Leadership Camp 9:00-4:00 PM Band Room, Bus Parking Lot 9:00-11:00 AM
30 - Rookie Camp (Includes new students,Color Guard and Percussion) 7:00-4:00 PM 
31 - Rookie Camp (Includes new students, Color Guard and Percussion) 7:00-4:00 PM

1 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
2 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
3 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
6 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
7 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
8 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
9 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
10 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
13 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
14 - Full Camp 7:00-4:00 PM
15 - Band of Blue Rehearsal 4:00-7:00 PM, CATA Campus
*16 - Home Football Game 6:30 PM, Walter Bickett Stadium
17 - Parent Potluck Preview 5:00-8:00 PM, CATA Campus
21 - Band of Blue Rehearsal 4:00-6:00 PM
23 - Band of Blue Rehearsal 4:00-6:00 PM

- Due to the birth of his daughter, Mr. Retzlaff will not be running band camp.  Mr. Bolder will be running band camp.
- Home football games will take place on THURSDAY evenings at 6:30 PM at Walter Bickett Stadium.
- Weekly rehearsals will still be Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Weeks that we have games will be Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM and Thursday 4:00-5:30 PM. Weeks we do not have games will be Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM and Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM.
- On game nights, students will be transported over by bus to WB Stadium unless they drive and perform the National Anthem at 6:20 PM and have first quarter off for a dinner break.
- Games will be over around 8:30 PM which obviously is subject to change due to the game results.
- We will be competing at the Pirate Cove Classic this year at Porter Ridge High School on Saturday, October 27th.  Please do not schedule any events this day.  We look forward to competing locally this season!

Other announcements

- Please click here to fill out the following form if you are interested in enrolling in zero block band next year.  Zero block is a yearlong band class that meets for 45 minutes before the school day from 7:40-8:25 AM.  Students are required to be in attendance and not tardy EVERY DAY.  Transportation issues are not excused absences.

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