2017 band article

Lake Worth High School Band

The Lake Worth Community High School Trojan Sound Marching Band and Color Guard is in the midst of a Renaissance. Creativity, musicianship, leadership and community have become the focus of the ensemble after welcoming new band director, Ms. Tiffany Cox. The LWCHS Trojan Sound made its 2017 debut in August at a pre-season football game versus Oxbridge Academy. The talented students of the Trojan Sound presented their half time show, “Insidian”, to an enthusiastic crowd of Lake Worth fans. Trojan Sound drum major and Lake Worth senior, Rozeline Jerome said, “It was awesome! We had so much support from our principal and teachers. It felt so good to have everyone cheer for us.”

Band director, Ms. Cox reflected upon the start of the season in saying that “on our first day of band camp this July, we had 9 passionate and dedicated students in attendance. Now, as of November 8, our band has grown to 65 members strong.” As the band continues to grow, the membership of the Trojan Sound have shown their peers and the community that they are determined to represent Lake Worth High School and the city of Lake Worth with pride and through a revived tradition of excellence.

This fall, the Trojan Sound band and guard performed at all home football games and at two marching band competitions. You can find them at the Lake Worth Veteran’s Day Parade, Lake Worth Holiday Parade, and Boynton Beach Holiday Parade.

The talented young musicians of the Trojan Sound are working diligently on solo, small ensemble, jazz, and concert band performances. They are auditioning for Palm Beach County’s All District Honor Band in hopes of being selected to perform at the prestigious Spotlight on Young Musicians at the Kravis Center in January.

Trojan Sound freshman, Ivan Serafin, was accepted into the State of Florida honor band on alto saxophone. He will be performing in the honor band on January 12 in Tampa at the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Conference. Ivan said that he is “excited for the opportunity to represent the Lake Worth High School band at the state level”.

The Trojan Sound is collaborating with the LWCHS Trojan Pride Chorus to host a Holiday Extravaganza concert in the Lake Worth High School auditorium on December 1 at 6pm. The concert will feature the Highland Elementary School handbells, choir, and band as well as the Lake Worth Middle School band and chorus programs. This cross-generational concert is open to the public and admission is free. On December 12, the Trojan Sound and the Lake Worth Middle School band will present their winter concert at Lake Worth High School at 6pm. Admission to this holiday celebration is also free.

The LWCHS Trojan Sound has already received community support from several local businesses, but has noticed a special outreach of support from Trojan Sound alumni members. On October 13, the band hosted its first Alumni Band event in celebration of the school’s homecoming. The Alumni Band event featured a catered dinner donated by TooJays Deli of Lake Worth and the opportunity for band alumni to perform in the stands with the current members of the Trojan Sound. Band captain, Jonathan Smith (sophomore) said that “it was such a great experience to talk with our alumni. They had such interesting stories to share and it was inspiring to learn about past Lake Worth students who were in band and the successes that they have experienced through music and in the rest of their lives.” Carol Webster, alumni band member, also serves on the Lake Worth Community High School Alumni Board and played an integral role in organizing the event with the Trojan Sound. Mrs. Webster and the Alumni Board made the decision in early August to support the band through a generous donation to purchase new sticks, mallets, and harnesses for the Trojan Sound percussion.

The Trojan Sound continues to grow as the school year continues on. The band has the goal of marching 100 students on the field next fall. They are well on their way to a successful first year of rebuilding and hope to acquire the community support to keep the momentum of positive change going. This growth, however, is causing some problems for the band program. Ms. Cox, band director, states that “we have already run out of uniforms for our band students. The uniforms that we wear now celebrated their second decade of wear by our Lake Worth students this year. These uniforms have seen the program through ups and downs and now they are in such disrepair that we do not have enough uniforms to outfit the entire band.” The band is asking for community support in their uniform drive. If you would like to support the band, please email Ms. Cox at tiffany.cox@palmbeachschools.org. The band is accepting donations and is excited  about opportunities to perform at events around the community. “The goal of our program is to provide our students with positive music-making opportunities. We love sharing our passion for music with the community and have several groups of students that are rehearsed and ready to perform at a multitude of different events.” (Ms. Cox). The band is available in small ensembles, jazz combos, as a pep band, drum line, and concert band to book for performances. All donations for performances will go toward our campaign to purchase new uniforms.

For addition information regarding band needs, please click on the following link: Alumni and Band Funding Flyer.