Frequently Asked Questions for New Band Members

Frequently asked questions by 8th Graders (and their parents) who are thinking about joining the LHHS band.

1. What band classes are offered at LH? 

Students are placed in one of four band periods based on an audition in May. These classes are Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band 1, and Concert Band 2. Our primary objective is to place students with others that play on their level.

Jazz 1 is also offered during the school day as a class and Jazz 2 meets outside of the school day.

Marching band rehearses outside of the school day and consists of students from all band periods.

2. How does the band audition process work? 

There are band placement auditions at the end of each semester. Students will receive audition music and information well before the audition. Students will perform scales, prepared etudes, and will sight read on their audition. Every student will be placed in an ensemble where they can be successful and progress as a musician. Every student will participate in the marching show.

3. If a student is in athletics and cannot march what happens? 

That student plays in their band class and does all other band activities. Students with rehearsal/practice conflicts go to the games and play with the band in the stands. We handle student scheduling on a case by case basis.

4. Can I be in other organizations (e.g. choir, drill team, cheerleading, theater) or have a job while in band?

Yes!  We have band students who also participate in sports, choir, orchestra, drill team, cheerleading, theater, Academic Decathlon, National Honor Society and many different organizations. Many students have a job while being in band.

5. Does being a member of band impact grades?

The Wildcat Band is an organization that takes pride in academic success. Most Wildcat Band members have higher grades during the fall semester when they are busy with marching band. A band tutorial program is in place for students to receive help from upperclassmen. The band schedule also allows students to attend morning and afternoon tutorials. Many of the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Lake Highlands have been band members. A large percentage of band members graduate in the top 10 percent of their class every year. We strive for academic achievement in the band!

6. Does marching band fulfill PE & Fine Arts requirements? 

Yes. You will receive the required fine arts credit as well as a waiver for PE by being a member of the LH Wildcat Marching Band. Honors credit is also available for serious band students.

7. When does marching band practice? 

Once school starts, the marching band practices Monday through Friday morning 6:45am-8:15am. Morning practices are great because of the heat in the afternoons in August and September and students have enough time to attend tutorials after marching practice.

8.  Does the band rehearse during the summer?

Yes.  See the Band Calendar for dates and times. Summer band rehearsals are essential to establish the fundamentals of marching and playing and gives us the opportunity to get acquainted with new members.  We also begin learning our competition show so attendance is critical.

9. What is the most important thing for a student to do at the end of 8th grade to be in the high school band?

As students fill out a LHHS enrollment card they need to write in band as an elective for next year. It is not important which specific band class they write in. If they put Concert Band that will work fine. We will work with the counselors after auditions to place students in the correct band.

Even if you did NOT indicate Band for next year’s schedule that can easily be changed.

10. As a parent how can I best support my band student? 

As a parent, you are automatically a member of the Lake Highlands Area Band Club. We encourage you to become very active with this organization. You will have the opportunity to chaperone on buses to games and contests, help with various band activities, and enjoy watching your student perform. You will become a member of the “Lake Highlands Band Family”. Enjoy your time here!!