Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble
The Concert Band is designed for students with 2-3 years of instrumental music instruction at the junior high level. The curriculum of the Concert Band is designed to complete and refine the fundamental instrumental and musical skills introduced in the junior high band program and prepare students for the more advanced music they will be encountering in high school. The Concert Band performs on all school concerts and select festivals throughout the year. All students in the Concert Band also participate in the Pep Band.
The Symphonic Band is open to students who have completed 1 year (2 semesters) of study in the Concert Band or at the discretion of the band director. This course continues the development of musical skills and concepts introduced in the Concert Band through the rehearsal and performance of more advanced and sophisticated literature. The Symphonic Band performs on all school concerts and select festivals throughout the school year. Students in the Symphonic Band also participate in the Pep Band.
The Wind Ensemble is the highest level band at LOHS. Membership is by audition only and requires the approval of the band director. The Wind Ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of advanced concert band literature. Members are held to a high standard of rehearsal preparation, musical sophistication and performance quality. The Wind Ensemble performs at all school concerts and select festivals throughout the school year. As the varsity ensemble, the Wind Ensemble also represents LOHS in Three Rivers League and OSAA adjudicated contests. Members of the Wind Ensemble will also complete an extensive study in chamber music and participate in the pep band.
The Jazz Band is dedicated to the study of various musical styles in the jazz and popular tradition (swing, Latin, funk, rock, ballad, etc.) Included in the Jazz Band course is an extended study of improvisation. Participation in the Jazz Band is open to all students enrolled in a band, orchestra, or choir class and requires a successful audition with the band director. Instrumentation is limited to the traditional big band set-up, with occasional adjustments as needed.