One of the largest student organizations on the campus of Belleville East High School is the Belleville East Marching Lancers. This year, the band consists of approximately 165 musicians, 21 in the color guard and 15 dancers. The band is lead by drum majors Heather Hamilton, Sarah Perret, Matthew Grove and Brianna Batson!
The Marching Lancers march parades throughout the year, starting at the beginning of the summer and finishing in late November. At the beginning of August, the band goes through two weeks of band camp, when they learn their marching show for the fall season. They perform the show during halftime at home football games and at major competitions in the Metro East area.
Every two years, the band attends a bowl game. In 2002, the Marching Lancers went to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia where they won top honors including Grand Champion. In 2004, they marched at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, also winning the Grand Champion trophy. In 2006 the Marching Lancers performed in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL where they were grand champions of Jazz and Concert Band and placed 2nd in the parade and 3rd in the field show. Recently the band returned from another successful trip to the 2008 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN. They placed 2nd in field show and 1st in the Liberty Bowl Parade. This fall we are planning another trip to the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL.
The Marching Lancers have a strong history. Under the direction of the first director, Mr. Leroy Kirsch, the band was chosen to participate in the grand opening of Six Flags - Mid America (now Six Flags - St. Louis).
Schedule for the 2014 season
August 30 - Home Football Game
September 5 --- Home Football Game
September 6 --- Mozingo Drum Line Contest
September 13 --- Belleville East Marcing Invitational/ Metro East Marching Classic in O'Fallon
September 20 --- Home Football Game
September 20 --- Tiger Ambush Classic
September 27 --- Marching Band Contest (TBA)
October 3 --- Home Football Game
October 4 --- Fort Zumwalt North Marching Band Contest
October 10 --- Home Football Game
October 17-18 --- Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional
October 24 --- Home Football Game
October 25 --- Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional