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 season.
November – May: The musicians rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6 in the Wind Ensemble and the Winterguard rehearses from 6-9.
2013 Show : “Dance Moods”
2013 Show: “England’s Rose”
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.
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 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.