WIND SYMPHONY – Brian Covey, Director
The Wind Symphony consists of the most advanced musicians in grades 10- 12. This band meets daily and performs in four concerts along with eight to ten festivals per year. Every member of the Wind Symphony receives weekly private lessons from professional musicians in the area while also working with some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and guest conductors. Over the years, the Wind Symphony has earned consistent Superior Division Ratings at the State Organization Contest, performed at both the Music Educator’s National Conference and Illinois Music Educator’s Conference, has been selected for the University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival nineteen times, and performed twice at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
SYMPHONIC BAND – Andrew Beckwith, Director
The Symphonic Band is made up of students in grades 10- 12. This band performs music of a challenging nature and focuses on the continuing development of the musical skills of its members. The Symphonic Band performs in four concerts and multiple adjudication festivals annually. Bi-weekly private lessons during band or after school are expected of all members in this ensemble, as well as a serious commitment to practicing the literature.
CONCERT BAND – Andrew Beckwith, Director
Concert Band consists of students in grades 10-12 and places emphasis on the development of musical fundamentals in preparation for future placement in Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, or Collegiate Ensembles. Private lessons during band or after school are encouraged of all members in this ensemble as well as a serious commitment to practicing the literature performed. The Concert band performs in a minimum of four concerts a year.
FRESHMAN BAND – Brian Covey and Andrew Beckwith, Directors
All freshman band students are assigned to one of two Freshman Ensembles, and meet as a class each day during school. The groups serve as an introduction to the high school band experience at LTHS. As enrollment allows, the students are divided in order to give students the maximum opportunity to improve their playing abilities and musical knowledge. Emphasis is placed on developing a base of musical fundamental skills through music and exercises appropriate to the level of the ensembles. Private lessons during band or after school are encouraged of all members in this ensemble as well as a serious commitment to practicing the literature performed. The Freshman Ensembles perform in four formal concerts every year, in addition to various festivals.