Welcome to the LCHS Music Department!
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Band 10/20/30 is a full-year class, alternating every second day with another LCHS class. Students join the ensemble as an individual and become part of the ‘band family’ by the end of the year, forming close relationships with students in the ensemble.
There are two LCHS concert band ensembles -- the Grade 10 Wind Ensemble and the Grade 11/12 Symphonic Band. Technique, theory and ear training are studied almost daily, while students also experience a variety of repertoire styles from marches to more contemporary/modern repertoire.
Each term culminates with a performance in November and May that is open to the public and displays the talent and hard work the students have dedicated to their instrument and ensemble. The ensembles also perform at the Lloydminster Kiwanis Music Festival each spring.
Numerous clinic opportunities are offered to students throughout the year, and each ensemble travels to a festival performance or retreat experience each spring. Students in Grades 11 and 12 can look forward to a large-scale trip in either their Grade 11 or 12 year.
Fundraising opportunities are offered to students throughout the year to help with travel costs. Students are expected to own their own instrument by Grade 10, however some LPSD band instruments are available to rent if needed.
Jazz Studies 10/20/30
This combined Grade 10-12 class is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Students expand upon their skills learned in Concert Band, with a particular focus on jazz technique, improvisation skills, ear training, jazz theory and jazz history. It is recommended that students take Band 10/20/30 as a co-requisite to Jazz Studies 10/20/30.
Traditionally, the Jazz Ensemble performs at community functions and school events, such as assemblies and LCHS Diverse.
The ensemble travels to a festival each spring, with a larger trip offered every three years.
Garage Band 10/20
For the student who does not play a concert band or jazz instrument but still loves music and wants to experience performance, LCHS Garage Band classes are the perfect fit. Each class forms a band from the students enrolled, and the band embarks on a journey to cover as many songs as they can, with two public performances each term.
Garage Band 10 focuses on group performance skills, such as stage presence, instrument technique, learning to play in a band and the art of the acoustic performance.
Garage Band 20 focuses more on the development of the individual musician, with a music portfolio finished by the end of the term.
Each class is semestered, and Garage Band 30 is not yet offered at this time. Students do need to know how to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or have strong vocal skills to join this class. Individual instruments are recommended, but not required as class materials.
This combined 10/20/30 semestered class is the perfect fit for the young vocalist who would like to experience choral singing in an ensemble and further develop their vocal skills. Students are taught a variety of vocal skills including sight singing, ear training, basic music theory, and experience different repertoire styles from more traditional sacred songs to musicals or popular medleys.
While no previous singing experience is required, it is recommended that students have a passion for developing their vocal skills and are willing to learn. The students perform concerts at the end of the term, as well as participate in the Lloydminster Kiwanis Music Festival, and the LPSD All Schools Music Concert held the first Monday in May.