About Us

The Pride of La Salle band under the direction of Brian Fischer with assistance from Thomas Sparling consists of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Winter Guard, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. The La Salle Band is a combined instrument band program for La Salle, McAuley, Mother of Mercy and Seton high schools as well as Ursuline Academy.

The band functions under two primary seasons.

July – November: Marching Band

Warming up at MSBA Championships

Warming up at MSBA Championships

November – May: Musicians rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6 as the Wind Ensemble; The Winterguard rehearses from 6-9 M/Th.

Marching Band

2014 Show : Tchaik

Few Composers throughout history have portrayed greater compositional diversity than Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky. Simply put, Tchaikovsky knew how to reach the innermost core of our souls. He did so through melodies that were tremendously eloquent, bold harmonies, and orchestrations that were ingenious. This season, The Pride of La Salle Band will perform several of the masterful works of Tchaikovsky throughout their program – TCHAIK. From powerful moments in “Symphony #4″ to the profoundly graceful material observed in “Swan Lake”, the 2014 Pride of La Salle band will cover a broad palate of styles and emotions that will generate a robust blent of intensity, excitement, beauty and intrigue.
Winter Guard
The Winter Guard of the Pride of La Salle was a semi-finalist at the Winter Guard Internationals World Competition in 2012.

The Winter Guard of the Pride of La Salle was a semi-finalist at the Winter Guard Internationals World Competition in 2012.

2014 Show: “Que Sera!”

The winter guard  placed sixth in their class at the Tri-State Circuit Championships in 2014.

Wind Ensemble

Since 2010 the Wind Ensemble has received consecutive Superior (I) ratings while moving up from Class C to B and finally Class A. The ensemble welcomes students from a wide variety of ability levels and works to create a fun, welcoming environment to help everyone become a better musician.

Faculty

Brian J. Fischer – Director of BandsIMG_0965

Brian Fischer was raised in Milford, Ohio, and attended Milford High School.

At Milford, he was involved in every aspect of the award-winning band. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While there, he was involved in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, 1:00 Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Pep Bands.

Mr. Fischer spent 5 summers on the road with different Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2001 he toured with Southwind. From 2002 – 2004 he toured with the Boston Crusaders and even had a solo in 2004.  In 2005 Mr. Fischer “aged-out” with the Seven-time world champion Cavaliers from Rosemont, Ill.

Brian began teaching at La Salle High School in 2007 and  since then has propelled the band to consistent Superior ratings in class C, B, and A at OMEA Large Group Events, as well as consistent top 3 finishes at MSBA Championship Events. In 2011, the Pride of La Salle was the BOA Mason Regional Class A Champion, as well as a 2011 Grand National Semi-Finalist. In 2012 the Marching Band was again named a Semi-Finalist at Bands of America Grand Nationals, in addition to a Class AA MSBA Championship.

Thomas Sparling – Assistant Director / Director of Percussion551036

Thomas graduated from Miami University in 2009 with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management.  While at Miami, he performed with many of the available ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Global Rhythms.  These ensembles gave him the privilege of performing alongside Anthony Cirone, Srinivas Krishnan, Jeff Queen, and Steve Houghton.

He has taught privately since 2005 and has been an instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, Kettering Fairmont HS, Northmont HS, and La Salle HS where he is currently the Percussion Director.  In addition to teaching, he spends much of his time writing music and drill for groups in Ohio and Indiana.

Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009).  He was on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2012), Matrix IMPE (2013) and Capital City Percussion (2013).  He is a Vic Firth Education Artist as well as a REMO Artist.

Tim Coady – Guard Co-Director

Tim Coady was born and raised in the St. Louis area. While living in Missouri, Tim performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Pride of Missouri State winter guard. After moving to Ohio, Tim broadened his horizons at Zydeco Colorguard, where he was honored with being the 2014 Member of the Year, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, where he served as colorguard captain for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Tim has a passion for inspiring students through colorguard, and has worked with programs across six states in the Midwest. He has been involved with other awarded programs such as Kickapoo High School (MO), Centerville HS (OH), and Kings HS (OH).

Tim currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio, serving as a colorguard educator in the Miami Valley area. In addition to directing the Miami University Colorguard, he is a co-director of the LaSalle High School Colorguard and Winter Guard, as well as a choreographer for the 2013 MidStates Band Association Class AAAA Champion- Kings High School.

Krista Kohring – Guard Co-Director

Bio Coming Soon

Cara Unger – Guard Assistant Director
Bekah West – Jr. Guard Director
Andrew Sersion – Brass / Visual

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