High School Band
The Lutheran South Academy Symphonic Band exists to showcase the best instrumentalists Lutheran South has to offer. This performing group consistently places high in TAPPS Solo/Ensemble and Concert and Sightreading competitions, including their 2016 TAPPS 4A State Championship. Students are not required to audition for this group, however for new members to the group, a consultation with the directors is required. Performance opportunities within this group include solos, small ensembles, Drumline, and Jazz Ensemble. The band regularly performs at home football games, pep rallies, and takes an out-of-state performance tour every other year. Their first tour in 2015 took them to Chicago and the surrounding area. The currently planned tour for 2017 will take the band to the Los Angeles / Orange Country area as well as for a performance in the Las Vegas area. Symphonic Band students interested in composing also have the opportunity for guided study with the Lutheran South Band staff. The Symphonic Band meets daily for 45 minutes each class meeting.
Middle School Bands
Formal bands are formed in 6th grade (beginning band) and 7/8th grade (Concert Band). The instruction in these groups focuses on advancing the knowledge and ability of students on their individual instruments. The opportunity to perform and excel is provided through concerts (Christmas and Spring), region band auditions, and the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) solo and ensemble competition. The Middle School Bands also participate in the Houston Symphonic Band Concert and Sightreading contest. The middle school bands meet 5 times every two weeks for a period of 45 minutes each class.
5th Grade Band
In 5th grade students are provided the elective opportunity to learn a formal concert band instrument. This instruction focuses on all aspects of proper instrumental performance including, but not limited to, basic theory, proper posture and breathing techniques, instrument specific performance techniques, embouchure formation, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and instrument care. 5th Grade band students are showcased at the end of the year at the annual Lower School Music Showcase in the spring as well as taken to Schlitterbahn Waterpark for a public performance. The 5th grade band meets 5 times every two weeks for a period of 45 minutes each class.
4th Grade Recorders
Students at Lutheran South Academy are introduced to instrumental music beginning in 4th grade through the use of recorders. Students in recorder class meet twice a week for 30 minutes each class. Students are guided through a curriculum called “Recorder Karate” in which colored belts are earned as students achieve performance benchmarks on their recorder. The students are then showcased at the end of the year at the annual Lower School Music Showcase in the spring.
About the Directors
Jeremy Louden M.Ed, M.A.
Director of Bands and Instrumental Music
graduated in August 2007 from Concordia University-Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Education and Physical Education. While at Concordia, he studied conducting techniques under Prof. Andrew Schultz and Dr. Brian Altevogt, performed in the Concordia Wind Ensemble under the direction of Prof. Andrew Schultz and Dr. Emily Threinen, and studied tuba under Dr. Wendy Schultz and Prof. Gary Hellick. He served as President of the Concordia Wind Ensemble for 2 years (2005-2006) and was a member of the Concordia Brass Quintet. He was conductor of the Concordia University Pep Band (2004 - 2007) and also stayed active in his home church's Brass Quintet. He has also completed the CBDNA conducting symposium at the University of Colorado - Boulder in 2012.
Mr. Louden has continued his education by completing the School Leadership Development Program (2013) through the LCMS Education Department, earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Concordia University Texas (2013) and earned a Master’s of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine (2016).
Mr. Louden currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife (Liz) and children (Natalie & Maverick). He is a member of the Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), and the Texas Private Schools Music Educator's Association (TPSMEA). He also serves at a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Music Committee member.
Keith Andrews MME, M.A.
Associate Band Director
received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1970, and a Master of Music Education degree from the same institution in 1977. In the summer of 1980 he was privileged to study conducting with John Paynter at Northwestern University. He later attended the University of North Texas, where he studied music theory pedagogy with Dr. Gene Cho and music composition with Larry Austin. Mr. Andrews also holds a Master of Arts degree in practical theology from Regent University.
Mr. Andrews’ teaching experience includes serving as a public school and private school band director in Iowa and Missouri, serving as the director of bands and instructor of music theory and composition at Three Rivers Community College in Missouri, and serving on the music faculty of Vincennes University in Indiana where he taught music theory, composition and brass performance and directed the University Concert Band as well as the VU Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Andrews’ compositions include numerous works for concert band, a solo suite for trombone and piano, and several original works and arrangements for brass ensemble.
In his current role at Lutheran South, Mr. Andrews is the head of the LSA Jazz Band Program, conducts the LSA Pep Band, and assists in the band classroom focusing on brass techniques. He currently lives with his wife (Vicki) in Houston.