The Jefferson High School Band of Blue is proud to present their 2017 program
Opera Phan

The program weaves a program of master works by Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet with the melodies of the
Opera House’s most famous guest, the Phantom of the Opera.


The Jefferson High School Band program offers a balanced curriculum providing opportunities at all stages of musical development. Thad K. Driskell and Chad Allard lead the Band program that includes three concert bands, the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Ninth Grade Concert Band, The Band of Blue Marching Band, Jazz Band and two pep bands.  The Band of Blue has earned national recognition through performances in the 1995 and 2001 Orange Parade, the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 1999 Fiesta Parade, the 2004 Pan-Pacific Parade in O’ahu, Hawaii, the 2006 Citrus Parade, the 2010 Holiday Bowl Parade and Half-Time Performance in beautiful San Diego, California, and a return to O’ahu, Hawaii in 2008 and 2015. The Band of Blue has earned numerous awards including 38 consecutive Division I Superior ratings at the State Marching Band Festival and numerous awards and recognitions in competition.

The Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 1993, 1997, and 2004 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference.  The ensemble has served as a Rehearsal Lab Ensemble for the 2010 and 2017 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference and the prestigious international Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2010. The Wind Symphony has earned 42 Division I Superior ratings in the last 43 years at the State Large Group Festival.

The Band of Blue Marching Band performs many times through the fall, including:

  • Friday, September 15              Home Football Game vs. CR Kennedy
  • Friday, September 22              Home Football Game vs. CR Washington
  • Saturday, September 23         Competition 1: Linn-Mar Marching Invitational
  • Saturday, September 23         Competition 2: Marion Marching Invitational
  • Wednesday, September 27    Band of Blue Photos and Eighth Grade Performance
  • Saturday, September 30         Competition 1: Bands Across the Prairie
  • Saturday, September 30         Competition 2: The Five Seasons Invitational
  • Thursday, October 5                 Home Football Game vs. Waterloo East
  • Saturday, October 7                 Competition 1: State Marching Band Festival
  • Saturday, October 7                 Competition 2: Valleyfest
  • Monday, October 9                   Metro Marching Band Festival
  • Saturday, October 14               Competition: Waukee Marching Invitational
  • Monday, October 16                 RAIN DATE: Metro Marching Band Festival
  • Friday, October 20                    Home Football Game vs. Mason City – Senior Night
  • Saturday, October 21               All-State Music Festival Auditions
  • Tuesday, October 24               Jefferson Band Extravaganza


Jefferson Band of Blue Marching Band Staff

Thad K. Driskell Director of Bands
Chad Allard Associate Director of Bands
Kelly Snyder Rhythmic Movement Instructor
Porfirio Gomez and Brian Shay Visual Production and Design
Frank Sullivan Wind Arranger
Kevin Boyle and Ryan Hoagland Percussion Arrangers
Porfirio Gomez Color Guard Choreographer
Amy Burdt and Peter Trimble Color Guard Instructors
Shelby Carney, Pete Grubisich, and Ryan Hoagland Percussion Instructors
Makayla Kaune and Brianne Settlage Flute Sectional Instructors
Lynn Mann Clarinet Sectional Instructor
Laura Dryzcymski and Trey Hill Saxophone Sectional Instructor
Steve Stickney and Chad Allard Trumpet Sectional Instructor
David Law Mellophone Sectional Instructor
David Anderson and Earle W. Dickinson Low Brass Sectional Instructor
Matt Oliphant The Voice of The Band of Blue
Todd Hunt Webmaster
Ashley Carey Graphic Design
Alan Feirer, Group Dynamics Leadership Training

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