The Pride of La Salle band consists of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Winter Guard, Pep Band. The La Salle Band is a combined instrumental program for students attending La Salle, Mother of Mercy, McAuley and Ursuline Academy.

The band has two primary seasons:
July – November: Marching Band; January – March: Wind Ensemble and Winter Guard


Marching Band

2015 Show: “Gone…”

The 2015 show will intrigue the viewer through visual trickery of members appearing and disappearing throughout the show. We will explore different ways that students, music, and visuals can be “gone”.


Winter Guard

2016 Show: To Be Announced
2015 Show: “Waiting”

The Winter Guard’s 2015 Program, “Waiting,” aimed to capture the intense emotions experienced by one waiting for a loved one in an emergency room. The winter guard was a Winter Guard International (WGI) Semi-Finalist in 2015. This is the second time the guard has earned this honor, previously performing in WGI Semi-Finals in 2012.


Wind Ensemble

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Since 2010 the Wind Ensemble has received consecutive Superior (I) ratings in Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events whilst moving from class C and B, and then to class A performance levels. The ensemble welcomes students from a wide variety of ability levels and works to create a fun, welcoming environment to help everyone become the best musician they can be.

Faculty

Brian J. Fischer – Director of Bands

Brian Fischer was raised in Milford, Ohio and attended Milford High School. He has a BA in Music Education and a MA in Band Conducting.

He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While there, he was involved in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, 1:00 Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and the Athletic Bands.

Mr. Fischer spent five 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.  In 2005 Mr. Fischer aged-out with the Seven-time world champion, The 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. In addition, the band is now a consistent top 3 finisher 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.

Brian has affiliations with Ohio Music Education Association, honorary music fraternities Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi. He lives in Pleasant Ridge with his wife, Megan (also a high school band musician) and his two children, Archer and Elsa.

Thomas Sparling – Assistant Director / Director of Percussion

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 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 La Salle High School Colorguard and Winter Guard, as well as a choreographer for the 2013 MidStates Band Association Class AAAA Champion- Kings High School.

Andrew Sersion – Brass / Visual

Andrew Sersion began his college career at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. While attending BGSU, Andrew studied trombone with Professor Garth Simmons, Principal Trombonist for the Toledo Symphony. Andrew was also a member of the BGSU Trombone Choir, Jazz Lab Band II, and Concert Band. 

After attending Bowling Green for one year, Andrew transferred to Miami University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. While attending Miami, Andrew studied with Professor Jaime Morales-Matos and was the Bass Trombonist for the Miami University Wind Ensemble, as well as performing with the Marching Band, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra.

From 2007-2010, Andrew performed with the Seven-Time Drum Corps International World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Andrew also performed with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, Kentucky in 2005.These experiences culminated with Andrew’s age-out and The Cavaliers 2nd place finish at the 2010 DCI World Championships.

Andrew currently teaches music in the Fairfield City School District in several capacities and is the Co-Director of the La Salle Elementary Artists Program. Andrew also serves as a staff member with several marching bands in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas including the Pride of La Salle Marching Band and the Centerville Jazz Band as a brass and visual instructor.

Katie Dillman – Brass / Visual
Chris Meeks – Brass / Visual
James Wiederhold – Woodwinds
Zach Strong ’13 – Percussion
Jake Prus ’14 – Percussion
Cara Unger ’12 – Guard Assistant Director
Kelly O’Shaughnessey ’12– Guard Tech
Krista Kohring – Jr. Guard / Guard Tech
Bekah West ’12- Jr. Guard Director
Luke Stoner – Website Manager