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About Lakota's Band Program

Lakota's band program provides ample opportunity for students to test their interest and talent in musical performing arts. The program's long record of success, at local and national levels of competition, is a testament to the instructional foundation band students receive in the classroom. Extracurricular programs, like Lakota's two high school marching bands, are built upon that early foundation of musical teaching excellence.

Beginning Band

At Lakota, students can begin to participate in the band program as early as 5th or 6th grade.  Band is an after-school activity at our elementary schools and there is a small fee associated with participation.  All of Lakota's elementary schools plan to offer a "Beginning Band" program, which is where your child's musical journey might begin. Check your elementary school's website for complete details about this program and how to get involved.

Those students who play in band at their elementary can select band as an elective (a class which meets regularly during the school day at no additional enrollment cost) when they enroll in classes for 7th grade.  For those students who did not play in their elementary school band, they too may select beginning band as an elective in 7th grade.  No previous musical experience is necessary.

Concert Band

The concert band is the core of Lakota's band program. As a student continues to excel, he/she also has the option to join more elite or specialized groups like Symphonic Winds or Jazz Bands.

Beginning in junior high through high school, band students have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest and Concert Band Contests. Each year, Lakota has a record number of students selected to district and state honor bands.

Both East and West High Schools’ concert bands have taken trips to concert band festivals and competitions in California, New York, Tennessee, Atlanta, Hawaii, Canada and Europe. For trips of this caliber, which are optional to students, the primary funding source is student fees and donations from parent support groups.

Marching Band

The award-winning marching bands at Lakota East and Lakota West meet after school and in the evenings to prepare for athletics events and competitions. Since Lakota East and Lakota West high schools opened in 1997, both marching bands have consistently received top ratings at state competitions.

They've also been invited to play at college bowl games, national parades, and many state marching band competitions. Among these invitations include internationally-televised parades like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade - trips all made possible by fundraising support.