The band program at Lyons Township High School is comprised of 4 curricular bands. There are 2 Concert Bands (made up of freshmen and sophomores), one Symphonic Band (juniors and seniors) and one Wind Ensemble (membership is by audition and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors). All bands meet during the school day. Students receive course credit and a grade for band class. This also fulfills their fine arts credit for graduation.
All four curricular bands combine to form the Marching Lions Marching Band. The LT Marching Band performs at home football games and several local parades. The marching band rehearses one night a week during football season (usually only 7 or 8 times). Rehearsals are scheduled to avoid conflicts with other activities and sporting events.
There are three jazz bands at Lyons Township High School. The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group which meets as a class during the school day and is open to juniors and seniors. The Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Band are extracurricular activities and meet twice a week after school and are open to all students.
Just some of the great stuff the LT Band has done. . .
Jazz Ensemble selected for Essentially Ellington hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center (2015)
Jazz Ensemble selected to perform at Illinois State Music Convention (2015)
Wind Ensemble selected as Finalist at Illinois Superstate Band Festival (2014)
Trip and Premier Parade Performance in Walt Disney World (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006)
Performed at Northwestern University Band Festival (yearly 2006 – 2015)
Band Clinics with Dr. Ronnie Wooten (NIU), Steve Squires (Columbia), Randy Story (Lee High School, TX), Dr. Rich Fischer (Concordia), Ross Kellan (Elmhurst), Tom Beckwith (Warren Township HS) and Don Shupe (Libertyville HS).
Jazz Concerts w/guest artists: Bobby Watson – University of Kansas City (2015), Roger Ingram – Harry Connick Jr. Band (2015), Reggie Thomas – University of Michigan (2014), Victor Goines – Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (2013), Mark Colby – Maynard Ferguson Band (2012), Neal Alger (2011), Tito Carrillo – U of I Jazz Trumpet Professor (2010), Tom Garling - Maynard Ferguson Band (2009), Doug Stone - Maynard Ferguson Band (2008)
Superior Ratings for performances at Evanston Jazz Festival (yearly 2006 – 2015)
Performed at Carl Sandburg Marching Band Festival (2011, 2007)
Jazz Clinics: Ron Carter, NIU; Chris Crenshaw, JALC; Tom Tallman, COD; Jeff Campbell, bassist Eastman School of Music; David Bixler, NY saxophonist.