Lancaster High School Bands

SYMPHONIC BAND

Symphonic Band is the premier concert band at Lancaster High School, comprised of students in grades 10-12. Symphonic Band performs three concerts each year and participates in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Events. Participation in Solo and Ensemble Contest is an important part of the Symphonic Band curriculum. Private lessons are strongly recommended for all students in this performing group.

AWARDS AND HONORS
The top concert band at Lancaster High School, Symphonic Band, was known as Wind Ensemble from 2011-2016.

  • OMEA District Adjudicated Event – Superior Rating
    • 1959-1961, 1980-1987, 1989-1991, 1993-1999, 2001, 2003-2005, 2009, 2012, 2015-2017
  • OMEA State Finals – Superior Rating
    • 1959, 1980-1983, 1993, 1994, 2016, 2017
  • OMEA State Conference Performance
    • 1997
  • 38th Annual Bowling Green New Music Reading Clinic Performance
    • 1996

The second concert band was known as Symphonic Band from 2011-2015 and as Concert Band previously.

  • OMEA District Adjudicated Event – Superior Rating
    • 2011, 2015
  • OMEA State Finals – Superior Rating
    • 2015

COMMISSIONED WORKS

  • “Repercussions” by Robert W. Smith (2007)
  • “Make a Joyful Noise” by James Swearingen (2004)
  • “Silver Ribbon Chanteys” by James Curnow (2001)
  • “Nightdream” by Timothy Mahr (1998)

FRESHMAN BAND

Freshman Band is open to all 9th grade students by audition. Freshman Band performs three concerts each year and participates in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Events. Participation in Solo and Ensemble Contest and private lessons are strongly recommended.

In March 2016, Freshman Band received straight Superior ratings at OMEA District Adjudicated Event.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Freshman Band was located at Stanbery Freshman School until the school’s closing in 2006. From 2011-2015 a third concert band at Lancaster High School was formed being known as Concert Band.  In the fall of 2015, Freshman Band was brought back to take the place of Concert Band.

  • OMEA District Adjudicated Event – Superior Rating
    • 1980, 1982, 2016

THE BAND OF GOLD

The award-winning Lancaster High School Band of Gold is the largest and most visible performing ensemble at Lancaster High School. The Band of Gold performs at football games, parades, community events, and several competitions throughout the fall. Summer rehearsals and band camp are required for membership.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • OMEA State Finals Qualifier
    • 1981-2016 (36 consecutive years)
  • OMEA State Finals – Superior Rating
    • 1983-1992, 1994-2001, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015-2016 (24 times)
  • Grand Champion Awards
    • 2007 Harrison Invitational
    • 2002 Shawnee Showcase
    • 2000 Anderson Invitational
    • 1999 Lockland Invitational
    • 1999 Tecumseh Showcase
    • 1998 Talawanda Marching Braves Invitational
    • 1998 Anderson Invitational
    • 1997 Norton “Art in Motion”
    • 1997 Tecumseh Showcase
    • 1996 Stebbins Invitational
    • 1995 Amelia “Rhythm in Blue”
    • 1995 Tecumseh Showcase
    • 1993 Marietta Band-O-Rama
    • 1993 Lockland Invitational
    • 1992 Westland Open
  • Walt Disney World Parade Performances
    • 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015
  • National Independence Day Parade – Washington, D.C.
    • July 2014
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, New York
    • November 1978
  • Browns-Bengals Game Halftime Performance
    • December 5, 1971
  • Orange Bowl Performance – Miami, Florida
    • January 1968

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

In addition to participation in Solo and Ensemble Contest, many small chamber ensembles continue to exist throughout the year to continue challenging top musicians, to develop music independence, and to give back to the community. Small chamber ensembles rehearse with limited coaching from band staff and perform throughout the Lancaster area as ambassadors of Lancaster High School. Performance venues include: community events, restaurants, church services, nursing homes, organizational meetings, school board meetings, elementary or junior high classes, or special assemblies.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Lancaster High School Chamber Ensembles have received hundreds of Superior and Excellent ratings over the years at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest.


PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

The Lancaster High School Percussion Ensemble was formed in 1978  to inspire students to further their skills in all aspects of performance, with emphasis on the keyboard idiom. Membership in this group is attained by auditions in the spring. Rehearsals are held two to four times per week, beginning in November.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • OMEA State Conference Performances
    • 1981, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2013
  • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Performances – Chicago, Illinois
    • 1985, 1990, 1999
  • Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Regional Conference Performance
    • 5 times
  • National Conference of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Performance
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Performances
    • 1993 and 2001
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Performances
    • 1997, 1999, 2004, 2014
  • Kiwanis International Convention Performance
    • 1996
  • Piccolo Spoleto Festival Performances – Charleston, South Carolina
    • 2007, 2009, 2016
  • Rotary International Convention Performance – New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 2011
  • Lancaster Festival Performances
    • 1996 through 2015
  • Celebration of V-E Day 50th Anniversary – Orenburg, Russia
    • May 1995

COMMISSIONED WORKS

  • “Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra” by David R. Gillingham (2003)
  • “Concerto for Percussion Ensemble” by David R. Gillingham (1996)

SWINGING GALES

The Swinging Gales is an extra-curricular jazz ensemble that explores various styles within the jazz and popular music genre, including swing, blues, funk, rock, latin, and more. The group was founded in 1966 at the same time as the vocal jazz group, the Singing Gales. All high school band members are eligible for membership. Non-band members may audition on piano, guitar, and bass, or as a vocal soloist.


PEP BAND

Pep Band is an extra-curricular ensemble which performs at home basketball games. Membership is open to any high school band member.