The Marauder Marching Band
Allison Lacasse, Director
Evan Tropp, Assistant Director
Allison Reese, Color Guard Instructor
Shon Brown, Drum Line Instructor
The Marauder Marching Band is perhaps the most visible and widely recognized musical ensemble in the BPS Music Department. This dedicated and enthusiastic group performs a high-powered field show during halftime of all BHS home varsity football games, as well as at select away games. In addition, the band performs at several school functions and the annual Belmont Memorial Day parade.
The Marauder Marching Band holds a mandatory Band Camp every August, the week before school begins. In September the Marching Band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5 - 7 pm, as well as on Friday afternoons on Game Days. Beginning in October, rehearsals are held only on Tuesdays and Game Days.
All marchers must be enrolled in a BHS Curricular ensemble - Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra or Chorus - in order to participate in Marching Band.
For more information, please contact the directors. Participation in the Marauder Marching Band requires payment of the BHS Fine & Performing Arts Activities fee.
Basketball Pep Band
The Winter version on the Marching Band, this student-directed band performs at several BHS home boys and girls basketball games each season. Participation in the Basketball Pep Band requires payment of the BHS Fine & Performing Arts Activities fee.
The BHS Jazz Ensemble
Ken Gable, Director
Performing a wide variety of jazz music, from traditional big band standards to contemporary jazz, the BHS Jazz Ensemble is considered to be one of the top jazz ensembles in the region. The Jazz Ensemble performs on several programs each year, including the annual Jazz Night event, which typically includes one or more guest artists. The Jazz Ensemble also participates in the Essentially Ellington Competition and will complete a recording project in the Fall semester, in addition to participating in the adjudicated MAJE Big Band Festivals and the Clark Terry UNH Festival.
Auditions for this ensemble take place in June. Participation in the BHS Jazz Ensemble requires payment of the BHS Fine & Performing Arts Activities fee.