Instrumental Music

La Salle College High School has many opportunities for the aspiring young musician, including scheduled band classes during the school day and private instrumental instruction. La Salle musicians participate in several extracurricular bands as well, including the pep band, which cheers on the football team from the stands; the pit orchestra, which provides all the music for La Salle’s musicals; and the acclaimed competition jazz band.The competition band showcases 20 of La Salle’s most talented musicians and has enjoyed great success under the leadership of Mr. Joe Vettori.

For more information on La Salle academic Music Department, click here. For La Salle's various bands, in addition to upcoming events, news and announcements, and information for parents, see the links to the left.

Instrumental Bands

The competition jazz band is the pinnacle of the La Salle music program. Its members are chosen through a rigorous audition process and are all talented musicians. The competition band meets two days a week after school, and, around competitions, during the school day. Under the leadership of Mr. Joe Vettori, the band has enjoyed considerable success over the past several years.

The 2013-2014 Competition Band had a great season. In the Cavalcade of Bands Championship, La Salle received a score of Superior with Honors. This is the highest rank a band can earn and is indicative of a lot of hard work and dedication. Drummer Kevin Blanke '14 also recieved an honerable mention soloist award. Additionally, the band received the Best Trumpet Section award at almost every competition.

Congratulations to the members of the Competition Jazz Band! Thanks to everyone who contributed to their great success, especially Mr. Joe Vettori.

The Lab Band is like the JV team to the Varsity Competition Band. Students are selected based on their performance of a provided audition piece. The Lab Band rehearses twice a week after school as well as during some 5th period band classes during the competition season. Under the direction of Mr. Dennis Wasko, the Lab Band has achieved tremendous success and grows more competitive every year.

The 2014 competition season was the Lab Band's best season in its history. At the Cavalcade Championships, the Lab Band recieved a Superior rating, the highest one possible, for the first time since its inception. In addition, the band tied for first place in its division and earned the Best Trumpet Section award.

Every year the Lab Band reaches a higher level of performance and it continues to make the La Salle music program one of the best in the Philadelphia area.

A group of very dedicated La Salle musicians that cheers on the football team and excites the fans from the sidelines at every game. They play stirring crowd favorites such as Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and Earth Wind and Fire's "In the Stone." The students in the pep band meet throughout July and August to select and practice their repertoire of songs and prepare for the upcoming season.

Any student who plays an instrument in one of La Salle's jazz ensembles is welcome to join the pep band. All members get free bussing and admission to every football game.

La Salle students exclusively provide all music for the school musicals. About 15 musicians volunteer, devoting many hours to practicing additional, often difficult, pieces, and then rehearsing them at length with the cast of the musical. The pit orchestra is directed every year by a senior Band Officer, so all the music in the show is entirely student-produced.

Instrumental Music Multimedia

2019 Competition Band 2
2018 Spring Band Concert 1
2018 Cavalcade of Bands Championships 6
Mr. Nero Performing on CBS 3 with The Philly Pops 1
Band Vice President Discusses Competition Band 1
Cheltenham HS JAzz Festival - 2-16-18 5
2018 Jazz Band Competition at North Penn 3
Fly Eagles Fly at 2-18 Jazz Band Assembly 1
Band Assemby Fly Eagles Fly on 97.5 The Fantatic 1
2018 Jazz Band Assembly Photos 108
2017 Band Christmas Concert Photos 78
2017 Band Christmas Concert 1
2017 Cavalcade of Bands Championship 6
2017 Upper Moreland Band Competition 3
2017 Competition Band Videos 4
2017 Jazz Band Assembly 76
2016 Band Christmas Concert Photos 262
2016 Band Christmas Concert - Full Concert MP3 1
Music Program Overview 1
2016 Spring Band Concert MP3 v2 1
2016 Spring Band Concert MP3 1
Competition Band Wins Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival 6
2016 Jazz Band Assembly Photos 18
2016 Jazz Band Assembly 2
2015 Band Christmas Concert MP3 1
2015 Band Christmas Concert Photos 27
2015 Band Christmas Concert Photos 0
2015 Band Christmas Concert Photos 0
Competition Band Feature by Dave Grabowski '16 1
2015 Competition Band CD 8
2015 Spring Band Concert 376
2015 Spring Band Concert 1
Competition Band Wins 2015 Calvacade Championships 15
2015 Competition Band Photos 17
2015 Jazz Band Assembly Videos 4
2015 Jazz Band Assembly Photos 38
2014 Band Christmas Concert Photos 68
2014 Band Christmas Concert 1
Music Department Overview 1
2014 Summer Jazz Camp 1
2014 Spring Band Concert 169
2014 Spring Band Concert 1
2014 Band Trip to New York City 45
2014 Jazz Band Assembly 53
2014 Jazz Band Assembly 1
2013 Band Christmas Concert 16
2013 Band Christmas Concert Finale 1
2013 Band Christmas Concert 29
2013 Spring Band Concert 13
2013 Cavalcade of Champions - Competition Band 52
Competition Band Plays at University of Arts 11
Competition Band: 2013 Upper Moreland Competition 32
2012 Christmas Greeting in Main Office 1
2012 Band Christmas Concert 14
2012 Competition Band CD 4
2012 Spring Band Concert Slideshow 70
2012 Spring Band Concert 15
La Salle Alma Mater MP3 Download 1
2011 Band Christmas Concert 76
2011 Christmas Band Concert 14
2011 Competition Band CD 8
2011 Band Spring Concert 15
Jazz Band Performs At The Franklin Insitute 1
Jazz Band Performs at Franklin Institute 4-30-11 1
2011 Jazz Band Competition 3
2011 Jazz Band Competition 3
2011 Jazz Band Assembly 10
2010 Band Christmas Concert 8
2010 Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championship 5
2009 Band Christmas Concert 11
2009 Band Christmas Concert 43
International Boys' School Conference Performance 2
2008 Band Christmas Concert 4
2008 Band Christmas Concert 59
La Salle Jazz Band CD 1999-2008 14
50s and 60s Alumni Reception 10
Spring Band Concert 2008 46
Spring Band Concert 2008 5
2007 Christmas concert 39
Spring Concert 2007 Photos 0
Chistmas Concert 2006 Photos 24
2006 Christmas Concert Video 1
Concert for Student Body 2006 Photos 27
Spring Concert 2006 Photos 40
Christmas Concert 2005 Photos 20
2005 Christmas Concert Video 1