Diocesan music educator elected President of Catholic Band Association

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EAST PROVIDENCE —Philip Desrosiers, music specialist and band director at Sacred Heart School in East Providence, has been elected president of the National Catholic Band Association.

The NCBA exists to both encourage and promote the work of building and directing bands in the Catholic schools on the elementary, high school, and collegiate level. The organization, centered at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, encourages the use of band instruments at Liturgies and commissions composers to arrange sacred music for school bands.

It also offers honors awards for student musicians and supports band festivals on the local level.

Desrosiers is also music director and organist at St. James Church in Manville.