The LHS Marching Lancers, 260 members strong, is NH’s largest and most well-traveled band. Patriotically attired in a red, white and blue, traditional military Cadet style uniform, the Lancers always perform music which is upbeat and lively, performing continuously throughout every parade. With an enthusiastic level of support from both Friends of Music as well as the Community at large, they have been honored to represent NH on many distinguished occasions including the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parades. Over the years, the Lancers have also represented New England and NY State in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (CA) four times (2011, 2004, 1997 & 1992) and have recently been selected to return for an unprecedented FIFTH time next year for the 2018 Pasadena Rose Parade. Last year they marched in the Citrus Bowl Parade in downtown Orlando, and on New Year’s Eve marched in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. They annually march in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue. In June of 2008, the Lancers represented the USA when it traveled to China to participate in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival. While there, the Lancers presented five performances including one on The Great Wall. Other events over the years include the Miami Orange Bowl Parade (2000), the Citrus Parade in Orlando (2002), and multiple appearances at Walt Disney World (FL) and Disneyland (CA). They also performed on the JFK Aircraft Carrier for the Parade of Tall Ships in Boston Harbor (2000), as well as for many New England sporting events including numerous NASCAR races, the Boston Celtics (annually since 2007), twice for the New England Patriots, and for the Manchester Monarchs Hockey (annually). While in California for the 2011 Rose parade, they also performed on-the-ice for the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) at the Staples Center.
Community service is a regular component of all our programs. Some of these activities include a Band performance for the NH Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony each year at the State House in Concord which honors fallen law enforcement officers and the annual Veteran’s Day breakfast before the Veteran’s Day Parade. Following two
devastating earthquakes the Band also raised over $5,000 for the Japan Green Band in 2011, and over $2000 for the victims of Chengde, China, in 2008. On a smaller scale, the Lancers and their families also participate in an annual food drive during football season, a yearly Dana Farber performance for families affected by cancer, as well as provide ensembles for a variety of local tributes and patriotic celebrations.