Who is the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Band of Blue?

The Jefferson High School Band program offers a balanced curriculum that provides opportunities at all stages of musical development.  Thad K. Driskell and Chad Allard lead the Band program that numbers over 180 members.  The Band program includes three concert bands: the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the Ninth Grade Concert Band, in addition to the “Band of Blue” Marching Band, the Jazz Ensemble 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, a return to O’ahu, Hawaii in 2008, and the 2010 Holiday Bowl Parade, the Half-Time Performance in beautiful San Diego, California, and last year the band traveled to Orlando, Florida!

The Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 1993, 1997 and 2004 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, served as a Rehearsal Lab Ensemble for the 2010 and 2017 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference with renowned clinician Edward S. Lisk, and served as a Rehearsal Lab Ensemble at the prestigious international Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2010 with composer John Mackey and Michigan State University Director of Bands, Dr. Kevin Sedatole.  The Wind Symphony also performed as an honor band at Hancher Auditorium in a joint concert with The University of Iowa Symphonic Band in spring of 2005.
The Band of Blue has earned numerous awards including 32 consecutive Division I Superior ratings at the State Marching Band Festival and 36 consecutive Division I Superior ratings at the State Large Group Festival.The music department also provides performance opportunities through eight choral ensembles, two orchestras, and study in the Advanced Placement Music Theory class.  All of the concert bands receive full academic credit plus physical education credit for the marching band in the fall.  Individual or small group lessons are expected of all students who do not study privately.  Each year the students are very active in preparation of solos and chamber ensembles for the City and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals

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