Participation in the instrumental music programs begins with Concert Band. Any students who demonstrate sufficient proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument have access to this performing arts class.
Concert Band typically participates in five concerts throughout the year: Christmas Pops and Sacred (December), Winter Band (February), Spring (March), and PRISM (May). (See Fine Arts Events Schedule)
All Concert Band members are also trained to participate in both the Pep Band (which plays for many home athletic events) and the Marching Band (primarily active in the month of May for the Blossomtime Festival Parade and the Memorial Day Parade).
Interested students can also opt to play in the extracurricular Jazz Band, which typically meets alternately with the Concert Band during the school day.
Individual band lessons are available on a limited basis for students who need extra time to reach a sufficient proficiency level for involvement in the regular band groups.
Members of the band program are also able to be nominated for the opportunity to represent Michigan Lutheran High School in the annual WELS Band Festival, hosted on a rotating basis by one of our sister WELS area Lutheran high schools, prep schools or colleges throughout the country each spring.
Concert Choir meets three times a week during the class day and primarily sings for our three main concerts: Christmas Sacred (December), Spring (March), and PRISM (May). (See Fine Arts Events Schedule) Students are taught basic techniques for developing their voices into a balanced choral sound.
As an extracurricular vocal opportunity, students can audition each spring to be a part of the Festival Singers. The Festival Singers are the “musical ambassadors”, visiting each of our association congregations throughout the school year to share a variety of music in their weekly worship services. (See ML Sunday Schedule)
The Festival Singers also represent Michigan Lutheran at the annual WELS Choral Festival, hosted on a rotating basis by one of our sister area Lutheran high schools throughout the country each fall, as well as providing special music for other events.