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 most of 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 with the school office for more 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.
Lakota Schools has one of the most outstanding band programs in the state.
The concert band is the core of the band program. In the junior schools through high school, band students have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest and Concert Band Contests. 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.
Students also have the chance to play in other groups outside of concert bands. All of the Junior Schools, Freshman School, and High Schools offer Jazz Bands which participate in various Jazz festivals throughout the state. In addition, the award-winning Marching Bands at Lakota East and Lakota West meet after school and in the evening for those students who want to experience one of the best programs in the state. These bands have played at college bowl games, national parades, and many state marching band competitions.