About Sentinel High School Bands

Welcome to the Sentinel Band Program!  

Sentinel has a rich tradition of band excellence that started in 1957 and continues today.  Sentinel's band program currently has over 200 students signed up for band and is growing.   We are also excited to have recently moved into a new state of the art band room, which is beautiful as well as functional.  If you play an instrument, it's an exiting time to be in band!  


The main goal of Sentinel’s Band Program is to offer a variety of opportunities to make you a better player, performer, listener and person. Sentinel offers three high school concert bands, a jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, marching band, drum-line and pep band.  There will also be opportunities for students to audition for the Montana All-State Band, All-Northwest Band, perform at District Solo and Ensemble festivals, State Solo and Ensemble festivals and other festivals listed in the handbook


Please make note of all required performances and rehearsals. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.   Clear communication is the answer to 99% of all problems.  

If you have any questions after perusing this website and reading the handbook, please feel free to email.  


Thank you,

Lewis Nelson 

Recent Sentinel Band Honors

*The Wind Ensemble earned a "Gold" rating at the "Sounds of Spring" Concert Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York, spring 2019

*The Jazz Band's Trumpet Section earned "Best Section" award at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in 2020

*The Jazz Band's Rhythm Section earned "Best Section" award at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival in 2019

*The Wind Ensemble earned a "Gold" rating and first place in it's division at the 2017 Heritage Concert Band Festival in Anaheim, California

*Each Sentinel Band ensemble earned a "Superior" Rating at the 2018 District Music Festival

*The Jazz Band's Trombone section earned "Best Section" award at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival in 2018

*The Jazz Band's Trumpet section earned "Best Section" award at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival in 2017

*Each Sentinel Band ensemble earned a "Superior" Rating at the 2017 District Music Festival

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Thank you to these businesses and the individuals/familes who have sponsored the sentinel band program!  If you would like to sponsor the band, please email Mr. Nelson or Lisa Mecklenberg-Jackson.

*Note, individuals/families who have sponsored are not listed here for privacy reasons

Please note that the Sentinel Band Boosters are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization: EIN 81-0395839. Your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal tax purposes.  Contributions valued over $250 will be acknowledged by a tax receipt.