• Falcon Marching Band

    Marching Band class is scheduled as a “zero” hour class and meets outside of the school day. All members of the Falcon Band program are required to participate in the Falcon Marching Band. The rehearsal demands on students are rigorous, and the highest level of commitment is expected.  Due to illness, absences, eligibility, etc., the marching band must have an alternate policy in place.  Please see our alternate policy in this handbook.  Performances include all home and away varsity football games, pep rallies, parades, and marching competitions throughout the season.  Please see the calendar for exact dates/times.


    Wind Symphony

    The Wind Symphony is the top performing ensemble in the band program at LDHS. This ensemble is open to students in all four grades by audition and consistently performs upper-level high school and collegiate band literature. Members of this group have demonstrated the highest level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to the LDHS band program.  As a part of this ensemble, students are REQUIRED to attend weekly sectionals throughout the year, participate in scheduled concert clinic rehearsals, participate in UIL Solo Contest in late February, and attend daily before school (8:00 am) full ensemble rehearsals beginning mid-November and ending at the director’s discretion (generally mid-May).  Students are also strongly encouraged to audition for the All-Region Band audition. Students must consciously work both in and out of rehearsal to improve their individual musicianship while also pursuing individual and ensemble goals.  Members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons. The Wind Symphony performs at band concerts, concert band festivals, and at the UIL concert contest in the spring each year.


    Symphonic Band

    The Symphonic Band is the second performing ensemble in the band program at LDHS.  This ensemble is open to students in all four grades by audition and consistently performs upper-level high school band literature.  Members of this group have demonstrated a high level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to the LDHS band program.  A strong emphasis is placed on the continued development of proper tone quality, internalized pulse, rhythmic understanding, intonation skills, technical facility, and stylistic concepts in addition to overall ensemble skills.  As a part of this ensemble, students are REQUIRED to attend weekly sectionals throughout the year, participate in scheduled concert clinic rehearsals, participate in either the UIL Solo Contest in late February or the LDISD Solo and Ensemble Festival in mid-April, and attend daily after school full ensemble rehearsals (until 4:00 pm) beginning mid-November and ending at the director’s discretion (generally mid-May). Students are also strongly encouraged to prepare portions of the All-Region Band audition music. Students must consciously work both in and out of rehearsal to improve their individual musicianship while also pursuing individual and ensemble goals.  Members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons.  The Symphonic Band performs at band concerts, concert band festivals, and at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest in the spring each year.


    Concert Band

    The Concert Band is the third performing ensemble in the band program at LDHS. This ensemble is open to students in all four grades by audition and consistently performs mid-level high school band literature.  Members of this group have demonstrated musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to the LDHS band program. Strong emphasis is placed on developing essential individual fundamentals and ensemble skills.  As a part of this ensemble, students are strongly encouraged to prepare portions of the All-Region Band audition music and will be required to participate in the LDISD Solo and Ensemble Festival in late spring.  Members may participate in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest with director approval, only. Students must consciously work both in and out of rehearsal to improve their individual musicianship while also pursuing individual and ensemble goals.  Members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons.  The Concert Band performs at band concerts and performance at the UIL concert contest in the spring is determined by group eligibility and director discretion. 


    Percussion

    Membership in Falcon Percussion is open to all percussionists who have successfully participated in a middle school  band program. The members of Falcon Percussion will focus on the Falcon Marching Band Competition show as well as All-State Concert and Jazz etudes during the fall semester. During the Fall Semester, percussion students will be scheduled according to their drumline assignments. The Battery and Front Ensemble students MUST be enrolled in either first or fifth period band class, as determined by the band staff. The Falcon Drumline participates at all events as part of the Falcon Marching Band, as well as regional drumline competitions in the fall.  During the spring semester the Lake Dallas Percussion students will audition and be placed into an ability-based band class for UIL Concert and Sight-reading preparation. The performing ensembles include the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. In addition, the students will perform individually at the UIL Solo Contest in February and also present a percussion ensemble concert in the spring.


    Jazz Ensembles

    The Lake Dallas High School Jazz Bands are open by audition to all students currently enrolled in the LDHS Band program. The Falcon Jazz Ensembles meet during the school day. Students will be placed into one of two jazz ensembles based on their fundamental technique, knowledge of jazz performance and a spring audition. 

    • Jazz Ensemble 1 performs at multiple community events, band concerts, and competitive festivals. The focus of Jazz Ensemble 1 is performance, while working on advanced improvisational techniques throughout the year.
    • Jazz Ensemble 2 performs at band concerts and a competitive festival. The focus of Jazz Ensemble 2 is to develop fundamental jazz technique with an introduction to elementary/intermediate improvisational techniques.

    Color Guard

    The Falcon Guard is most well known for their contribution to the marching band in the fall. Using rifles, sabers, props, and a wide assortment of flags, the guard provides a fantastic visual effect to the show. During the spring, membership continues in the form of “Winter Guard” and the Falcon Guard competes in the North Texas Colorguard Association competitive circuit.  The Colorguard class is scheduled as a “zero” hour and meets outside of the school day. Membership is determined by audition and is open any LDHS student in all four grades, except those noted below. While we strive to recruit students from outside the Falcon Band program, occasionally band members choose to audition. Students who already play a wind instrument must agree to continue playing their concert instrument in conjunction with their colorguard / winterguard participation. Members of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1 or Percussion students are NOT eligible to participate in Color Guard and/or Winterguard, due to the extensive rehearsal, practice and performance nature of these ensembles.