The band program at St. Pius X Catholic High School boasts a robust offering with opportunities for every type of musician. Whether you've been playing your instrument for a year or 5 years, we have a place for everyone in our program. The Marching Golden Lions, our most visible group, rehearses and performs regularly during the fall. Students in the MGL support the football team on Friday nights, and performs competitively on Saturdays in October. Our concert/symphonic band program performs multiple concerts throughout the year, consistently earning high ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluations in the Spring. Our jazz band brings together students who have a passion for jazz, and performs on our spring concert.
In addition to our performing ensembles, our students consistently represent the band program at district and statewide events such as the University of Georgia's January Band Festival, Georgia Music Educator's Association District Honor Band and All State, Governor's Honors, and many others.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the renowned St. Pius X Band Program, we have a number of opportunities for 6th-8th grade students. Please feel free to contact band director Ian LaBreck (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Incoming Student Auditions
Incoming students for the 2020-21 school year interested in being a part of the SPX Band Program should fill out this form and submit a short video audition playing one scale and one excerpt of any piece of music. Please send auditions to email@example.com via Google Drive, an unlisted Youtube link, or as a file. Please reach out to Ian LaBreck at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this process. Here is a video from Mr. LaBreck about our program and what we offer. Please have your audition material submitted by Friday, April 24th.
Youth Honor Band
All middle school students with at least a year's experience on their instrument are invited to join the Youth Honor Band. This is a group of middle school students who perform side-by-side with high school volunteers on the St. Pius X Spring Band Concert. The YHB, under the direction of Mr. LaBreck, will reconvene in the spring of the 2010-21 school year.
Marching Golden Lion Apprenticeship
Every fall, 8th graders from around the area are invited to perform with the Marching Golden Lions at every home game. These students play with the marching band on the field for pregame, then head to the stands to play with the band and cheer on the team for every home football game. Please check back in the spring for 2020 dates.
Our award winning colorguard is open to all students (even those who don't play an instrument!). The colorguard is part of the Marching Golden Lions, and is solely extra-curricular with no prior experience necessary! This stunning group focuses on dance and flag technique and performs and rehearses with the band throughout the fall. If you have any questions, please contact our guard instructor Mrs. Sami Volk at email@example.com. No prior experience is necessary!