The Dreadnaught Marching Band
All members of the Lakeland band are also members of the Dreadnaught Marching Band. This group meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester from 5:00 to 8:30 PM every week. Additional rehearsals may possibly be scheduled as needed, with two weeks advance notice. Performance requirements include all parades, pep rallies, football games, and marching festivals. The only individuals excused from participation in the marching band are those who are active participants in varsity football, or varsity cheerleading. All other members are expected to participate in all aspects of the marching program.
The Lakeland High School Band is made up of several ensembles that collectively form the band program as a whole. The Florida School Music Association forbids any student with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 from performing in any type of Music Performance Assessment, including marching, concert, and solo & ensemble festivals. All students are therefore expected to successfully maintain this minimum GPA in order to be productive members of the band program.
All band classes and activities at Lakeland High School are governed by the Polk County Fine Arts curriculum, and also by the Sunshine State Standards for secondary music classes.