Marching Green & Gold
The Lake Minneola Marching Green and Gold is the most visible component of the Lake Minneola Band Program. Public performances include football games, marching contest shows, and hometown parades. The Marching Green and Gold is a combination of winds, percussionists, and colorguard. Together, we are ONE.
In order to build a strong and united marching program, each new season begins with summer camps music camps. The purpose of these camps is to prepare for the upcoming marching season, to prepare for all competition shows and performance, and to unify our members into a strong green marching machine!
As with all other high school performing ensembles, students learn many valuable civic skills. Members are required to shift from an I/Me reasoning to a We/Us philosophy. Instead of the logic being what’s in it for me, it becomes what’s in it for US. The many other values of cooperation, communication, concentration, and task completion will be developed each rehearsal day.
Since the inaugural year, the Marching Green and Gold have received straight “Superior” ratings each FBA Music Performance Assessment. In the FMBC circuit, the Marching Green and Gold have received numerous caption awards in all performing areas, several first place awards in contest, and have been serious contenders in the FMBC State Contest since 2011.
In 2016, the Marching Green and Gold placed 3rd in 3A Division at State Marching Competition in Tampa and received numerous caption awards.
The Lake Minneola Symphonic Band is the high school’s premier concert ensemble. This ensemble has consistently received “Superior” ratings since the inaugural year of 2011. Our symphonic season is a staple to creating success in every other component of the program.
Symphonic Band provides students with a balanced, comprehensive study of music through the concert band literature, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature.
Experiences include, but are not limited to, improvising, conducting, playing by ear and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom.
The Shades of Green
The Shades of Green Jazz Band is the high school’s premier jazz ensemble. This ensemble has made great strides in jazz studies since the inaugural year in 2011.
Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz.
Some time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. In addition, some public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students must participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend the learning in the classroom. Student participants must also be receiving instruction in another band class offering, at the discretion of the director.
The percussion program has received state acclaim in both concert and Indoor contest settings. The success of the program is attributed to impressive academic and musical accomplishments by students. Rigorous musical training begins right from the start of their percussion careers in high school. Percussion students in the high school program are involved not only in the concert band setting, but percussion ensembles as well. Each percussionist is also expected to participate individually through solo and ensemble contests each spring semester.
At the high school level, each percussionist is expected to participate in the following areas: marching band, chamber ensemble, symphonic band, and individual solo competition.
The Lake Minneola High School Percussion Program has risen to become one of the premier percussion programs in Central Florida. In the concert setting, multiple percussion ensembles have received “Superior” ratings in FBA events since the school’s inaugural year. In the spring of 2014, the Lake Minneola Indoor Percussion Ensemble took the championship title at the FFCC AA State Championships in Daytona.
Color Guard/Winter Guard
The award-winning Lake Minneola Colorguard is an auxiliary unit of the Lake Minneola Marching Green and Gold. In the fall, the Colorguard performs with the band at football half-time performances, participates in the town parades and competes with the marching band in field show contests throughout Central Florida.
All members are trained in dance and flag, and as they become more experienced, rifle and/or sabre. The Colorguard begins training in the spring. It is here that students learn to work together with one another as a team. All band/guard members attend the annual band camp and drill practices over the summer months, where they begin to learn their drill (or “spots” in band formations) for the competitive field show.
Colorguard is offered as a course at the high school.
When the fall marching band season ends in mid-November, members may begin training for the Winter Guard season. Winter Guard is an extra-curricular activity. Auditions are held for the Winter Guard and it is considered an "elite" indoor guard team following fall colorguard season. Each year, our Winter Guard Program has made great strides in their development since our inaugural year.