Chelsea High School Band

About Us

A Little History

on The Marching Hornet Pride

The Chelsea High School band program proudly represents a long history of dedication, hard work, and fine musicianship. The bands at Chelsea High School attend various competitions, assessments, and parades every year. Rooted in tradition and camaraderie, the current version of the Marching Hornet Pride consists of over 160 members and performs at all football games at and away from Chelsea High School. The other aspects of the band program include the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Auxiliaries. These performance groups perform at various times throughout the school year at many school and community events. The students and their directors take great pride in representing and bettering the history and values of the Chelsea High School band program.
The Players

Marching, Ensembles & Auxiliaries

Learn more about each aspect of the Marching Hornet Pride and all the ways to be involved both on an off the field in the Chelsea High School Band.

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Marching Band

The Chelsea High School Hornet Pride Marching Band consists of over 160 woodwinds, brass, percussion, and auxiliary members at Chelsea High School. The band performs and entertains at all home and away Chelsea High School football games during the fall. The Hornet Pride Marching Band also performs at multiple contests every year where the students consistently receive Superior ratings for all categories. These students begin work during band camp in July and perform all the way to the end of football season in November. Members of the Hornet Pride Marching Band also perform at various parades, Chelsea High School basketball games, and have continued on to perform with many collegiate bands across the United States.


Wind Ensemble

The Chelsea High School Wind Ensemble is the top performing concert ensemble at Chelsea High School and consists of students in grades 9th-12th at Chelsea High School. This auditioned group consists of some of the best musicians in the school. The Wind Ensemble performs high level works of band literature at many concerts and festivals throughout the year. Under the direction of Mr. Perry Lawley, Director of Bands at Chelsea High School, the band has consistently received Superior ratings at the annual state Music Performance Assessment.


Concert Band

The Chelsea High School Concert Band consists of 45 band members in grades 9th-12th at Chelsea High School. The group performs many popular and staple pieces of high school band literature at multiple concerts throughout the year. Under the direction of Mr. Trace Johnson, Assistant Director of Bands, the band performs for multiple concerts at Chelsea High School, the state Music Performance Assessment, and school events during the school year. At state assessment, the band consistently receives Superior ratings in regards to their performance and musicality.


Jazz Band

The Chelsea High School Jazz Band consists of students at Chelsea High School that are in the Jazz Band as well as the Jazz Club. In order to provide a contemporary and unique music experience, the students in these groups meet at various times throughout the school year to rehearse and perform a wide variety of styles of music. From jazz standards to pop tunes, the Chelsea High School Jazz Band teaches and develops students in the areas of technical skill, music theory, improvisation, and musicality. This group performs at multiple concerts during the school year as well as various recruitment and community events.



The Stingettes are composed of the Dance Team and Majorettes in the Chelsea High School band with students ranging from 9th grade – 12th grade. Each year in the springtime, students in 8th grade – 11th grade attend a tryout clinic, try out, and the new squad is chosen. Soon after, the Stingettes begin practices and fundraisers. During July, the Stingettes attend choreography camp and band camp, learning the field show for the upcoming football and competition season. Often, the Stingette captains assist with developing choreography for the show. In August, the Stingettes begin performing at pep rallies and football games and this season lasts through, at least, the end of October. We usually attend two competitions with the band and the past two years the dance team has placed first in every competition and the majorettes have placed first once each year. At the Chelsea Christmas Parade the Stingettes march with the band in the parade and enjoy performing for the large crowd. High expectations are required for Stingette members and the Stingettes must follow the Shelby County Auxiliary Constitution as well as the Chelsea High School Stingette handbook. Being a Stingette is an honor and creates lasting friendships and memories!


Color Guard

The Color Guard at Chelsea High School is a group of students who perform with flags, rifles, and sabers as part of the school’s marching band. The Color Guard is an essential component of the marching band’s performances, adding visual interest and dynamic movement to the music.


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