Kyle Freesen, Director
|Mr. Kyle Freesen is the Director of Bands at LHS and teaches the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and the Crimson Regiment. He holds degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio (MM, Wind Conducting Performance) and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois (BM, Music Education).
Before relocating to Loveland, Mr. Freesen was Director of Athletic Bands and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Wright State University. He taught Brass Methods, Basic Conducting, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony, Chamber Players, and Symphonic Band at Wright State University. During his time in Ohio, Freesen also held a staff position with the Centerville Jazz Band, a premier high school marching band.
Mr. Freesen began his career as the 5th-12th grade Band Director in Illinois. Many of his students were selected for honor bands throughout the state. In the final year before his return to graduate school, he served as Associate Director of Bands for the Schuyler-Industry Schools in Rushville, IL. Many of the ensembles under his direction received superior ratings.
Mr. Freesen is an active music education advocate and has given presentations, clinics, or lectures at multiple state and local conferences. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, College Band Directors National Association, and the Colorado Bandmasters Association.
There are 6 large ensemble classes offered at LHS: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Marching Band. In addition to these ensembles, our department offers curricular courses in guitar, piano, and chamber music.
The Crimson Regiment is a co-curricular competitive marching ensemble that has been a State Finalist the past several years, receiving no position below 4th place and taking four state championships since 2002.
The Crimson Regiment also has won first place in division 2A at the Bands of America (BOA) San Antonio Regional and Grand Champion at Zia Marching Festival in Albuquerque, NM. In 2004, the band competed at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis.
The ensemble adheres to an intense rehearsal schedule that requires dedication, engagement, and leadership from our students. When marching season concludes in November, members are placed by audition in either the Wind Symphony , Symphonic Band, and Concert Band.
The LHS Wind Symphony has earned consistent Excellent and Superior ratings. In 2008 and 2012, the Loveland High School Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Assosiation (CMEA). In 2012, the Wind Symphony performed at Western International Band Clinic (WBIC) in Seattle, WA.
Many of our top instrumental students are selected for various honor bands, including the CMEA All-State Band each year. The Wind Symphony performs the greatest in traditional and contemporary wind band literature.
In addition to our curricular offerings, there is a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities for our musicians. Many chamber ensembles such as woodwind quintet, brass quintet, saxophone quartet, clarinet choir, and brass choir rehearse outside of the school day. The LHS Pep Band is an extra-curricular popular music ensemble that performs at sporting events.
Class materials, recordings, calendars, and more information can be found at www.lovelandband.org