If you are parent or student wondering about joining band, below are answers to a few questions you might have. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email the Directors at email@example.com.
The 2020-2021 Marching Band fees have not yet been finalized. However, they will not be higher than last season, and will very likely be lower, depending on how the COVID-19 crisis unfolds in Cobb County.
The 2019 fees are available through this link. Fundraising opportunities are available to reduce your fees by at least $160. Fees do not include travel costs associated with the special competitions or events. Payment is due by Registration on the last day of Pre-Camp in July, and can be made by cash, check (made payable to LBBA) or credit card. Core fees are non-refundable after the first week of school.
Financial Assistance is available for those experiencing financial hardships.
2020 Dates (as known so far; provided Cobb County resumes a normal school schedule)
July 13 – 17 Band Camp
July 20 – 24 Band Camp
July 30 Full Winds
July 30 – 31 Percussion/Guard Camp
(No camps are planned in May after the end of the 2019-2020 school season.)
Usually, afternoon practices are as follows:
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Practice
Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Practice
Thursdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Practice
Fridays 5:30 pm Call Time for Home Games
- Away Games may include full band, or pep band only (upperclassmen)
Saturdays Occasional Practice or Competition
Sectionals In addition to band practice, each instrument section will meet one day a week, either before or after school.
Top 12 Reasons to Join Lassiter Band – More Than Just Music
While learning the skill of playing an instrument is valuable on its own merit, there are many other benefits to joining band. Read on…
Weather permitting, kids who participate in marching band will spend at least 8 hours a week outdoors, during marching season. Studies have shown that kids who spend time outdoors are smarter, happier, and more attentive than kids who spend time indoors. Spending time outdoors activates more senses – students see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments, expanding the richness of the human experience. Getting kids off screens and outdoors gets their blood pumping. Even mild exercise can help kids focus and relieve stress.
Students who regularly participate in music-rich experiences receive benefits beyond the ability to play a musical instrument. Students involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. Playing an instrument requires using more of your brain. One specific benefit research has found involves spatial intelligence, which translates into improved skills in solving multistep problems. In addition, recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language. Therefore, musical experience strengthens language competence, which in turn can strengthen social competence.
Without a doubt, marching band involves a large time commitment. As a result, students must learn the skills to plan and use their time wisely in order to accomplish their personal and academic goals.
Students learn the value of working together and come to understand how their individual effort impacts the group as a whole.
Ask almost any student in band what they like best about band, and inevitably they will tell you it’s their friends. Starting with band camp in the summer, students begin to make new friends before school even starts. By the time the first day of school rolls around, students already feel at home on the Lassiter campus, and probably will even have a few familiar band faces in some of their classes. Not only will they make friends within their own grade, having friendships with older students can help make the transition from middle school to high school a little smoother.
Band provides leadership training to all interested students, with opportunities for more in-depth training for selected students. Opportunities for leadership include Drum Majors, Section Leaders, Student President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Librarian, Parliamentarian, and Chaplain.
Quality Musical Instruction
Lassiter Band strives to provide a high-quality, rigorous musical instruction experience for all of its students. In addition to three full time directors, Lassiter Band includes 10 adjunct directors, instructors, and staff.
Esprit de Corp
Students who join band form a special bond with one another. Among band members there is a common spirit of pride, enthusiasm and devotion to the band that extends far beyond their four years of high school.
The Lassiter Band program seeks to encourage habits and choices that move students towards excellence. This progress allows students to see a continuous improvement in their own personal performance. By providing a rich and diverse range of opportunities in and out of the classroom, the goal is for each student to strive in each performance to be the best version of themselves.
Opportunity to Serve
Lassiter Band is a large organization with many outstanding and dedicated parent volunteers. Not only do parents volunteer, but students are also given on occasion opportunities to serve.
With each new skill or habit that is mastered, students gain increased confidence. In addition, numerous opportunities to perform on the field and on stage, showcasing their ever-improving performance, gives students a sense of pride and self-confidence – a quality so important to one’s success.
The Lassiter Band is far from all work and no play! During band camp, students get to break up the rehearsals with activities such as movie day, skit night, and the band Olympics. Band members also get to enjoy themselves in the stands during football games, playing their instruments with their friends, right next to the student section. Not only do students have fun locally, often students travel to other states, either for competitions or to march in parades such as the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or the Tournament of Roses Parade. Past trips to Florida, California, New York, and Washington D.C. have included fun visits to Busch Gardens, The Smithsonian, Universal Studios, and Disney, to name a few.
What Students Say About Band
Check out this video to hear first-hand what the students say: