ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
Lancaster, Ohio, with a population of almost 40,000, is located on US 33, twenty-five miles southeast of Columbus. The Lancaster City School District has a total enrollment of nearly 6,000 in grades K-12, with 600 students participating in the instrumental music program in grades 5-12. The district is comprised of five elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one high school.
ABOUT THE LANCASTER BAND PROGRAM
Instrumental music instruction begins in January of the fifth grade year, taught by one percussion, one woodwind, and one brass specialist. One half hour lesson per week is offered to students as part of the school day.
JUNIOR HIGH BANDS
At the junior high level, students participate in one of three bands based upon grade level. At the sixth grade level, students are taught in brass, woodwind, and percussion classes. Sixth grade students also begin playing together as a collective concert ensemble and perform their first concert in the spring. Sixth grade band meets every day of the week.
The seventh and eighth grade bands also meet daily, but typically as a full ensemble. These bands perform several times a year, including a performance at halftime of the fall Sherman-Ewing football game, a holiday concert, and a spring concert. Students also have the option of participating in an annual solo and ensemble adjudicated event.
HIGH SCHOOL BANDS
At Lancaster High School, over 120 students in grades 9-12 participate in a variety of performing groups. Freshman Band and Symphonic Band form the core of the high school band program. All ninth grade band members participate in Freshman Band, where students work with all the directors regularly. The top concert band, Symphonic Band, is comprised of all students in grade 10-12.
Lancaster High School’s Marching Band, the Band of Gold, is a valuable part of our students’ instrumental music experience. The Band of Gold has had a long tradition of success in the state of Ohio, including participation in OMEA State Marching Band Finals every year since 1981.
In addition to curricular offerings, there are a variety of extracurricular groups offered to students who wish to further their skills, including Percussion Ensemble, the Swinging Gales, Pep Band, a variety of chamber ensembles, and Color Guard.
The goal of the Lancaster high school band program is to prepare students for life-long participation in music. To accomplish this goal, great emphasis is placed on understanding and appreciating quality music, developing a great work ethic, becoming independent musicians, and strengthening leadership skills.
The Lancaster band program has a prominent and irreplaceable role in our city. Throughout the year, the band gives back to our community by performing at parades, athletic games, and community events.