Belleville East Lancer Bands .
Belleville East Lancer Bands
One of the largest student organizations on the campus of Belleville East High School is the Belleville East Marching Lancers. This year, the band consists of approximately 187 musicians, 36 in the color guard and 16 dancers.
The Marching Lancers march parades throughout the year, starting at the beginning of the summer and finishing in late November. At the beginning of August, the band goes through two weeks of band camp, when they learn their marching show for the fall season. They perform the show during halftime at home football games and at major competitions in the Metro East area.
Belleville East has a long tradition of great concert bands. The focus of the band program is centered around the concert band. Students must participate in a concert band before participation in the jazz program. Students must also march in order to participate in concert bands. During the 2007-2008 school year we will be adding the Wind Ensemble. Wind Ensemble will be the premiere concert band at East - made up of the most advanced musicians on campus. A majority of the students in Wind Ensemble will study privately.
In 2000, the Wind Symphony was chosen to perform in Peoria, IL at the Illinois Music Educators Association All State Conference. The band was one four chosen from over twenty auditioners. In 2002 the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band placed first in class at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Festival in Atlanta, GA and helped the band program win grand championship.
Symphonic Band is made up of between 50 and 60 students from the Marching Lancers. The Symphonic Band also performs 3 formal concerts per year and participates in IHSA Organizational Contest.
Concert Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is our premiere jazz ensemble on campus. CJO performs at countless civic functions and jazz festivals in both Illinois and Missouri. Recently the band won grand champion honors at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL.
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