Symphonic Band

Band is a two-semester course open to all students with at least one year of instrumental experience. Students without instrumental experience may gain membership to the band after basic study of an instrument has been completed. Band members study the basics of ensemble technique, music reading and theory; perform in several concerts and other appearances and are also eligible for pep band, jazz ensemble, and solo/ensemble contest. Emphasis is on individual growth and group experience. Symphonic Band is a part of the daily schedule and provides credit for graduation.

As a member of the band, the student will:

  • Realize that music is a precious gift from God:
  • Learn to better use the musical talents with which God has blessed him/her;
  • Perform alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Develop individual and ensemble skills through daily practice
  • Develop appropriate stylistic performance practices for each music genre
  • Gain an appreciation of musical style, history and basic music theory through analysis, discussion and by relating music to other disciplines.
Date Day Event Time
12/3 F BBB v CM 6:45
12/17 F GBB v Springfield 7:30 (6:45)
12/22 W Christmas Concert 7:00 (6:15 or 6:30)
1/11 T BBB v Sleepy Eye 6:45
1/18 T GBB v CM 6:45
1/25 T GBB v SESM 6:45
2/28 M BBB v WEM 6:45
3/1 T GBB Playoffs Begin
3/5 Sa LES Solo Ensemble Contest (Help Needed)
3/6 Su Winter Concert 1:30 (1:00)
3/8 T BBB Playoffs Begin
3/16 W Large Group Music Contest During the school day
3/18-20 F – S WELS Regional Band Fest at MVL (Help Needed)
4/13 W Spring Sacred Concert 7:00 (6:15)
5/14 Sa Prism Concerts 5:00 & 8:00 (4:30)
5/29 Su Graduation 2:00 (1:30)

Dates may be added due to playoffs or other changes. Other changes may occur due to rescheduling issues.

Dr. Plath Cell       507-276-3483


Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is a cocurricular organization open to all students of MVL. Instrumentation includes:

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Bari Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Piano
  • Drums

Jazz Ensemble typically rehearses in the mornings before school and performs for the Fall and Winter Band Concerts, the spring Prism Concerts, as well as for recruitment activities.

Pep Band

Being a member of the Symphonic Band automatically qualifies students as members of the Pep Band. This group provides music for athletic events. A performance schedule is distributed at the beginning of each semester and members of the band are expected to participate. If an athletic team continues to win during the playoffs, the Pep Band does perform for those games, too.