Performance Opportunities

Lakota East High School

Pep Band

Directors: Rob Tanis | | Kevin Engel |

Pep Band supports the Lakota East High School basketball teams by entertaining the crowd with high-spirited “Stand Tunes” and drum cadences that not only energize the spectators, but also rally the Lakota East High School Thunderhawk basketball players toward victory. Any freshman through senior band member may participate in Pep Band. Information on signing up for and participating in Pep Band is posted with the Pep Band season’s schedule.

Pit Orchestra

Director: Rob Tanis |

The Pit Orchestra accompanies the Lakota East Thunderhawk Theatre Drama Club for its annual spring musical. The band director extends invitations to Symphonic Winds members to participate in Pit Orchestra. The instrumentation and musical numbers vary each year based on the selection of the spring musical. Several rehearsals take place after school in the weeks before the musical and selected musicians must be available for every performance.

Ohio Music Education Association

All-State Orchestra, All-State Concert Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble

The All-State Orchestra, All-State Concert Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble selections are by recorded auditions submitted by music students from across Ohio. Audition requirements are available March 1 and recorded selections should be submitted by the May 31 deadline for consideration for the next school year. Students will be notified of their selection by August 31. The All-State Concert Band and All-State Orchestra rehearse and perform as part of the OMEA Conference, held every year in late January or early February. The location of the conference rotates between Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Please find more information at OMEA under “All-State Audition Info.”

OMEA All-State Audition Information 2016

OMEA Southwest Regional Orchestra

The OMEA Southwest Region Orchestra is an auditioned honor orchestra for students in grades 9-12 in the greater Cincinnati/Dayton area. This year’s event will be held at the new Princeton High School on the weekend of November 21-22. Please see the schedule below for audition and rehearsal dates and times. String students are only eligible for selection for the Ohio All State Orchestra through acceptance to their Region Orchestra.

2015 Audition Poster | 2015 Audition Information


 OMEA District 13 Honor Concert Bands

Each December, band students may audition for OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) District 13 Honor Bands. Auditions are in early December. Students are selected to participate in three bands: Ninth Grade Honor Band, Symphonic Winds (grades 10-12), and Wind Symphony (grades 10-12). The Honor Bands meet one evening in January for a read-through of the concert music, convene again on a Friday evening for rehearsal, meet the following Saturday for rehearsal, and perform a concert on Sunday afternoon. A guest conductor, usually from a college or university band program, directs each of the Honor Concert Bands.

Honor Band Student Registration Form 2016 | Scales and Rudiment Requirements 2016 | Freshman Honor Band Audition Information 2016 | Ninth Grade Honor Band Music 2016 | Main Campus Honor Band Audition Information 2016 | High School Woodwinds Music 2016 | High School Brass and Percussion 2016

OMEA District 13 Honor Jazz Band

The OMEA District 13 Honor Jazz Band is a regional all-star ensemble formed by auditions and made up of a select group of musicians. All Lakota East High School jazz band students are encouraged to audition. Details regarding auditions and the OMEA District 13 Honor Jazz Band ensemble are distributed in November. Auditions are in early December.

Honor Band Jazz Band Student Registration Form 2016 | Honor Jazz Band Audition Information 2016

OMEA District 13 Solo and Ensemble

Solo and Ensemble is an OMEA-adjudicated event  in which students may play individually or in small groups. Soloists ordinarily play with a piano accompanist. Ensembles usually number from two to five players, but are sometimes larger. Examples of Solo and Ensemble ensembles that could perform would be a trumpet trio, a flute quartet, a woodwind quintet or a brass quintet. Symphonic Winds band students are required to perform a solo at Solo and Ensemble, but music students from all bands are eligible and encouraged to participate.

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Required Music List 2016 | Solo Registration Form 2016| Lakota West Map OMEA 2016

OMEA District 13 Large Group Adjudicated Event

In the spring, the OMEA sanctions an event in which concert bands may play for judges’ comments and ratings. In March, all five Lakota East Bands participate in the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event held at the OMEA District 13 level at Fairfield High School. Bands receiving a Superior rating are eligible to continue and perform at the State level, which occurs in late April or early May.

District 13 Contest Information 2016 | Fairfield High School Map | Pre-State Clinic Information 2016 | OMEA State Contest Information 2016