Does Band count toward the Visual and Performing Arts requirement?
Enrollment in Concert and Symphonic Band will count toward the VPA graduation requirement.
Is Band Camp mandatory?
All students planning on participating in the Lancer Band program are expected to participate in Band Camp at the beginning of August. We set the dates early enough in the year so that families can do their best to plan vacations around these dates. If a conflict arises where a student cannot make this event, they are expected to contact the band director so they do not fall behind.
How do I join Band or Color Guard?
Visit the "How to Join!" page to find information on how to join our Lancer Band program. Typically our program begins with Band Camp event in early August. Families are encouraged to register for Band Camp beginning in April (after acceptance letters are sent) so that you are added to the Band roster.
Are students required to be in the marching band if they are enrolled in the class?
All students enrolled in Concert and Symphonic Band participate in the Lancer Marching Band during the Fall season. Our Fall marching season runs from August through mid-November. Our Band Camp is the official start of the marching season. Students are encouraged to attend our Band Camp even if they are on the fence about joining the Band program!
Does Marching Band count towards Physical Education credit?
While marching band currently does not count toward P.E. credit, it is still a great way to stay active and healthy!
What costs are associated with joining Band?
There is a yearly Band equipment fee to help offset costs of events and performances. Band fees differ year to year depending on costs associated with the Fall field show and events planned for the year. in 2019, our Band and Guard student fee was $120.
Can I join Band as a Sophomore/Junior/ Senior?
Yes! It is never too late to join Band!
Do I have to audition to join the Band?
Students do not need to audition to join any of our ensembles except for Jazz Band.
As an incoming Freshman, can I audition to be placed in Symphonic Band?
Incoming students are allowed to audition for Symphonic Band, but this is decided mainly based on instrumentation need. Freshmen musicians should expect to be enrolled in Concert Band.
Is Jazz Band a club or a class?
Jazz Band is a zero period class that meets 1-2 times per week in the evenings. Students must audition to join this ensemble.
Can I join Band if I don't play an instrument?
Yes! We encourage any student interested in learning a new instrument to join Band.
Does the school provide rental instruments?
Large wind instruments (tuba, trombone, baritone, bass clarinet, tenor/bari sax) are available for check out. We have some smaller instruments available for check out (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, alto saxophones) on a very lmited basis. Families will need to fill out an instrument rental agreement form to use a school-owned instrument.
As a parent, how can I get involved?
All parents are encouraged to participate in our Lancer Band Booster club! There are many positions and committees to serve on, including equipment road crew, hospitality, spirit wear, social media, photographer/videographer, and helping with various events throughout the year!
What is the time commitement for Band rehearsals?
Aside from class periods, the Lancer Marching Band and Color Guard meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the Fall, as well as some Saturday mornings/afternoons. During the Spring, there are various chamber ensembles students can choose to participate in. Each has its own rehearsal schedule.
Are there private lesson available at school?
Our Lancer Band instructional staff offer private lessons to students. Students are encouraged to contact instructional staff members to set up lessons on campus (or virtually during Remote Learning). See "Resources" page for more info.
How long is the marching band season? Does marching band go all year?
Our Marching Band season lasts from Band Camp (beginning of August) through mid-November. There are various chamber ensembles that students can choose to particiate in during the Spring.
Can a student join band and also participate in sports or other extra-curricular activities?
Yes! Our Band students are involved in many sports and clubs! Over 50% of the Lancer Band members participate in a Saint Francis sports team. The Band Director meets with coaches to create a conflict schedule so that Band/Sports students always know where they need to be on a given day.
Where does the band normally travel to? Are trips mandatory?
Each year we take the Symphonic and Jazz Band on a fun Band Tour performance trip. We alternate between going to Southern California/Disneyland every other year, and going to a U.S.city or somewhere overseas on the non-SoCal years. In the past we have traveled to Italy, Australia, Ireland, Czech Republic/Austria, New Orleans, Seattle/British Columbia, and New York. Band tour is always optional.
Where can families go to learn about upcoming band events?
We publish our events on the school's website. If you are interest in being invited to Band events, please fill out the Google Form on the "How to Join!" page. We also share event updates via our regular Band newsletter for enrolled students.