The Symphonic Band – An intermediate performing ensemble, designed for any student who can musically qualify for membership. This ensemble focuses on building musical repertoire, and enhancement of musical performance skills. After school rehearsals and performances are mandatory.
The Wind Symphony – The most advanced performing ensemble in the band program, and is designed for any student who can musically qualify for membership. This ensemble focuses on advanced qualities of performance musicianship, and beginning concepts of music theory. After school rehearsals, sectionals, and performances are mandatory. Frequent evening sectionals and rehearsals will be scheduled to prepare for festival performances after marching season is over.
The Jazz Band – A curricular performing ensemble, designed for any student who can musically qualify for membership. This ensemble will focus on expanding students exposure to jazz literature, and will also address jazz theory and improvisational skills. After school rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Auditions will be held early in the fall semester for interested students.
The Percussion Ensemble – A curricular extension of the Percussion Class designed for any student who can musically qualify for membership. This ensemble will focus on developing fundamental techniques and skills necessary to play a variety of percussion instruments in an ensemble setting. This ensemble will focus on both marching and concert aspects of percussion performance. After school rehearsal and performances are mandatory.
The Auxiliary Units – Perform in the fall semester with the Dreadnaught Marching Band. The color guard meets as a class during the school day. The majorette squad is strictly an extracurricular activity. All regulations and requirements of membership in the band program will otherwise apply to all members of the color guard and the majorettes. Members of these units are directly responsible to their sponsor and instructor for all activities, including rehearsals, performances, and extra activities such as fundraisers. Auxiliary rehearsals and contests in the spring are at the discretion and arrangement of the sponsor for each unit.
All members of the Lakeland band are also members of the Dreadnaught Marching Band. This group meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester from 5:00 to 8:30 PM every week. Additional rehearsals may possibly be scheduled as needed, with two weeks advance notice. Performance requirements include all parades, pep rallies, football games, and marching festivals. The only individuals excused from participation in the marching band are those who are active participants in varsity football, or varsity cheerleading. All other members are expected to participate in all aspects of the marching program.
Zachary K. Murdock
Director of Bands
Lakeland Senior High School
726 Hollingsworth Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
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