Since 2002, the Lake Fenton High School Bands have performed in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World three times (2005, 2009, 2013), in a combined performance with the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, in a combined performance with the University of Michigan-Flint Wind Ensemble, at the Michigan Association of School Boards Annual Inaugural Conference at the Lansing Convention Center, and performed the National Anthem at a Detroit Tigers Baseball Game (2005). Additionally, the Lake Fenton Blue Devil Marching Band took first place in a Tuscola County (MI) Festival Parade marching adjudication amongst 15 other marching bands. In 2007, on their way to New York City, the bands traveled to Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to perform a concert at their director’s high school alma mater. The band also performed in the 2008 and 2010 Tulip Time Festival Muziekparade in Holland, Michigan and the 2009 and 2011 Michigan State University Homecoming Parade. In 2011, the high school symphonic and concert bands traveled to Toronto, Ontario to clinic at the Toronto Centre of the Arts with Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds of the University of Toronto. Most recently, members of the high school symphonic and concert bands performed for the Genesee County Association of School Boards in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Chippewa Valley High School
Band Director: Tim Hoey
The Chippewa Valley “Big Reds” Marching Band has a rich history of competing regularly with the best High School Marching Bands in the State of Michigan. The group performs in many parades, football game half-time shows, and marching band competitions each year both locally and across the nation.
Practices for the Marching band are intense but the rewards and memories are substantial and last a life-time. Last year the band regularly placed in the top group for the competitions they participated in.
Dakota High School
Band Director: Robert Abend
The Dakota Marching Band is an award-winning organization with approximately 130 members in the 2013 season. The group consistently earns Division I ratings at MSBOA festivals and draws a large number of fans to Dakota football games for its halftime show.
This year, the Marching Band show is “A Night on Broadway” and includes pieces from Lion King, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
Detroit All City
Under the direction of Mr. Willie J. McAllister, Jr., Director of Fine Arts for Detroit Public Schools, the All City High School Marching Band is comprised of students and staff from four Detroit Public School high schools. The schools include Cass Technical, Detroit School of Arts, Martin Luther King and Renaissance High Schools. Additionally, the students received instructional support from three DPS/All City Marching Band and Fine Arts alumni. Presently, the ACMB is comprised of 130 students. The group rehearses 3 hours on Saturday mornings from 9am – 12pm at Martin Luther King High School.
The All City High School Marching Band purposes:
--To expose students to different cultures, environments and educational opportunities through participation in parades, field show contest, half times and pre-game show and concert hall performances; Through travel to other cities, states, and countries.
--To teach students the importance of teamwork and shared responsibility to achieve short and long term goals.
--To prepare students for success in high school, college, the work force and global society.
The All City Marching Band features a high stepping, energetic Drum Major that continues to woo audiences all over. It’s the Motown sound the Band performs that impacts audiences wherever they perform. Song selection includes a Motown medley (Get Ready, My Girl, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough), Philadelphia Sounds of the O jays, Backstabbers, Hello Detroit, My First, My Last, My Everything, Michael Jackson’s Human Nature, Christmas Medley (Joy to the World, My Favorite Things, Sleigh Ride, Angels We Have Heard on High).
The motto of the All City Marching Band is “Excellence in the classroom, Excellence on the Field, Excellence in all that we do.”
The Band’s most memorable performances nationally and locally include the 2002 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as a featured guest in the “Coming Up Roses” CBS Broadcast in Dec. 2001, multiple performances in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Hob Nobble Gobble, Noel’s Night, Lake Orion Parade of Lights and a Detroit Lions half-time show appearance.
All City Marching Band Directors:
Sharon Allen (Cass Tech)
Ronald Malabed, Nicole Burrell (Detroit School of Arts)
Victoria Miller, Debra Oleksy (Martin Luther King)
Edward Gooch (Renaissance)