Instrumental

LCI Instrumental Music Courses

Grade 9 Green Concert Band 

The Grade 9 Green Concert band is a performance-based, yearlong instrumental music elective course open to any student with previous experience on brass, woodwind, or percussion instruments.  Students learn music primarily through rehearsal and performance of band repertoire ranging from an intermediate to medium-advanced level.  

Grade 9 Band members are eligible to join the Green Jazz Band (see below for details).  Advanced students may be invited to participate in the Gold Symphonic Band, Gold Jazz Band, or Green to Gold Jazz Band.  The Grade 9 Band participates in one to two overnight trips per year and performs several times per year including the Lethbridge Music Festival, Provincial Music Festival in Red Deer and four evening concerts. 

Gold Symphonic Band 10/20/30 

The Gold Symphonic Band is performance-based, yearlong instrumental music elective course open to any student with previous extensive experience on brass, woodwind, or percussion instruments. Students learn music primarily through rehearsal and performance of band repertoire ranging from a medium-advanced to advanced level.  Gold Symphonic Band is a full-year 5-credit class.  

To accommodate the scheduling needs of students, students are able to enroll in one of two Gold Band class times: during the school day in Period 4 (Gold Band) or after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:45 pm (Gold Ensemble).  Both classes, the Gold Band and Gold Ensembles, combine together to create the Gold Symphonic Band for rehearsals leading up to and including all performances.  The Gold Symphonic Band tours annually and recent tours have included Los Angeles, New Brunswick, Cuba, Vancouver/Whistler, Sun Peaks, and Seattle.  The Gold Symphonic Band also participates in two half-day retreats per year on campus.  

Gold Jazz Band 

The Gold Jazz Band is an auditioned, five credit course that meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Fridays after school until 2:15 p.m. Grade 10, 11, and 12 students in Gold Jazz Band receive five credits per year in Music 15/25/35.  Enrollment in Grade 9 Green Band or Gold Symphonic Band is a co-requisite.  Auditions for available openings take place in May or June. The Gold Jazz Band has an annual fall and spring retreat and accompanies the Gold Concert Band on spring tours.  The Gold Jazz Band has an extensive performing schedule every year, which includes more than a dozen performances throughout the year.  

Green to Gold Jazz Band 

The Green to Gold Jazz Band is a 3-credit course that meets twice a week before and after school. Grade 10/11/12 students receive three credits per year in Music 15/25/35 credits for this course (except those who are already in Gold Jazz Band).  Enrollment in Grade 9 Green Band or Gold Symphonic Band is a co-requisite.  Students participate in the Green to Gold Jazz Band by invitation from the band director.

Green Jazz Band 

The Green Jazz Band is a 3-credit course that meets Mondays and Thursdays at lunch and Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am. Grade 10/11/12 students receive three credits per year in Music 15/25/35 credits for this course (except those who are already in Gold Jazz Band).  Enrollment in Grade 9 Green Band or Gold Symphonic Band is a co-requisite.  Students from all grades can join on any instrument and no audition is required.

Beginner Guitar 9

Beginner Guitar 9 is for students with little or no previous guitar experience.  Students with previous experience on guitar who choose to take Beginner Guitar 9 must complete all basic course requirements.  Students must purchase or rent privately their own acoustic guitar. This course is for acoustic guitar only, but the skills learned are transferable to electric guitar.  

Guitar 10-20-30 

A sequential series of 5-credit courses designed for students with any level of guitar experience. Students must purchase or rent privately their own guitars. This course is primarily for acoustic guitar, but many units may involve learning and playing electric guitar and/or bass. The course topics include chording, chord picking, melody reading/picking, tablature, ensembles, music-reading, history of rock and roll, research on famous guitarists, power chords, blues, soloing, and more.  

If you have any questions about the LCI Band Program, please feel free to contact Mr. Samuel Yamamoto by phone at 403-328-9606 Extension 24039 or by email at samuel.yamamoto@lethsd.ab.ca