Lafayette Band Program includes both curriculum and activity based bands. This is a brief description of each.
The Wind Ensemble is a balanced ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The Lafayette Wind Ensemble meets during the seventh hour of the school day, and is the premier concert ensemble in the Band Program. The Wind Ensemble is comprised of students in grades 9 - 12 who are at an advanced level of performance on their instrument. The Lafayette Wind Ensemble will perform 5-6 concerts per year, including the Missouri State Large Ensemble Festival in the spring semester.
Auditions for the Wind Ensemble are held in February. Details about auditions will be given to students and all middle school band directors in mid-January.
The Symphonic Band is a balanced ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The Lafayette Symphonic Band meets during the sixth hour of the school day, and is the middle ensemble in the Band Program and serves as a bridge between Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The Symphonic band is comprised of students in grades 9 - 12 who are at a moderate level of performance on their instrument. The Lafayette Symphonic band will perform 5-6 concerts per year, including the Missouri State Large Ensemble Festival in the spring semester.
Auditions for the Lafayette Symphonic band are held in February. Details about auditions will be given to students and all middle school band directors in mid-January.
The Concert Band is a performing ensemble consisting of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The Lafayette Concert Band meets during the fifth hour of the school day. The Lafayette Concert Band consists of students in grades 9-12 and performs 4-5 concerts per year, and may include the Missouri State Large Ensemble Festival in the spring semester.
The Percussion Class meets during the 6th and 7th hours of the school day. The class consists of freshman through senior musicians. Percussion students focus on the playing techniques of snare drum, mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary percussion. Percussionists perform as members of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and several percussion ensembles throughout the school year.
Jazz Ensemble meets during zero hour with Mr. Balog. Wind players and percussionists must be a member of the Symphonic or Concert Band to be a member. Pianists, guitarists, and bass guitarists do not need to be a member of the concert bands to participate.
Jazz Combos are small group (3-6 member) extensions of the jazz ensembles. All combos meet outside of class and emphasize jazz improvisation.
All jazz groups perform at various school and community functions, two concerts, and 3-5 competitions. The groups of the jazz program have won and placed in many competitions. If you are interested in these groups, sign-up for zero hour Jazz Band. Auditions and band placement are done during the first week of school.
Lancer Regiment Marching Band
This group meets after school Monday through Thursday until early November. Students must be a member of Concert, Symphonic, or Wind Ensemble to be a member of the Lancer Regiment. The Lancer Regiment also rehearses during the summer beginning the last week of July. This includes a full week of band camp at Truman State University. This is an exciting group and a highlight for band students each year.
The Lancer Regiment performs at all home football games and five or six competitions in the fall. The band may also travel to participate in Festivals or Competitions in other states.
The Fall Color Guard is a vital part of the Lancer Regiment Marching Band. This groups rehearses after school from late July through early November and is open to all students. The Lancer Regiment Marching Band performs at all home football games and 5-6 Competitions in the fall.
The Winter Guard is a competing Guard group. Auditions for Winter Guard are held in November and competitions take place during January, February and March each year. There are usually about 4-5 competitions for this group.
Home Court Advantage
Home Court Advantage is the basketball pep band. They perform at 6-8 girls and boys varsity games each year. There are no auditions for this group. It is a volunteer group. There is one rehearsal in November and Home Court Advantage performs at home games in December, January and February.