Beginning Band at Freedom
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 our elementary schools and there is a small fee associated with participation.
of Lakota's elementary schools plan to offer a "Beginning Band"
program, which is where your child's musical journey might begin. Check
your elementary school's website for complete 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
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
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.