Photo by Julie Rieger

Photo by Julie Rieger


High School Concert bands

The high school bands are directed by Tom Lizotte, who's been with the Cape Elizabeth program the past 17 years. The Symphony Band is comprised of freshmen and sophomores. It meets in two sections, which are combined for concerts. The Wind Symphony is comprised of juniors and seniors, along with selected underclassmen by audition. 

Middle School Concert Bands

The middle school bands are directed by Caitlin Ramsey. The program includes a fifth-grade beginning band, a sixth-grade band, a seventh-grade band, and an eighth-grade band. In addition, seventh- and eighth-grade students have the opportunity to participate in the middle school's extracurricular jazz bands.

Students interested in additional music opportunities may audition for the District 1 6th Grade Honors Band, the Southern Maine Middle School Honors Band (7/8), and the District 1 Middle School Jazz Band (7/8).

Dress Codes for MS Concert Bands

  • 7th-8th Boys: Black dress pants, white button down dress shirt, tie (any color), dark dress shoes, dark socks

  • 7th-8th Girls: Black dress pants or black knee length skirt with black tights, white dress shirt, dress shoes

  • 5th-6th Boys: Any color dress pants, button down dress shirt, tie, dress shoes

  • 5th-6th Girls: Any color dress pants or skirt/dress (knee length), dress shirt, dress shoes

For more on the CEMS program, please visit the middle school band site.


Students interested in more music opportunities may audition for District 1 Honors for either concert band or jazz band. Materials detailing how to apply are available in early September. Auditions are in October. Mr. Lizotte is available to help students prepare.


Auditions for All-State Festival for band, jazz, and orchestra take place in late October or early November. Some students who are studying privately are encouraged to audition. Given the technical challenges of the pieces, it is recommended that students first audition for District 1 Honors, then try for All-State sophomore year. All-State materials are available during the summer.