LION STEEL 2024-25 Rosters


NOTES FOR REGISTERING FOR LION STEEL CLASSES WITH LEON GUIDANCE:

  • Steel 1 (INTRO TO STEEL) is open to anyone who would like to enroll – there are no audition requirements or prerequisites.
  • Steel 2 (JOUVERT) is only open to students who have taken steel 1 at Leon HS or advanced steel at Raa MS – many but not all are included in the list above.
  • Steel 3 (BACCHANAL) and Steel 4 HON (CANBOULAY) are audition/invitation-only ensemble classes. To enroll for either ensemble class, students must be on one or the other roster listed above.

If you have a question or need to speak with Dr. Justus about your placement in Lion Steel for 2024-25, send an email to me at justusk@leonschools.net.  

Quarter 4 Concert “Las Lap” – Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Where: Leon High School Auditorium
When: 7pm – Leon Community Steel Bands will open the show at 6:30p
***Students must report to LHS Auditorium no later than 6:15p for first attendance check.
Who: Free and open to the public
What: Calypso, soca, reggae, Latin, and popular music – Virginia PanFest competition music and our favorites from this year.

Details:
– All students enrolled in Lion Steel classes are required to arrive no later than 6:15p and to stay for the full duration of the concert until dismissed after the final attendance check for a grade.
– This is a FREE concert, please spread the word and invite everyone to come out to JUMP UP with us!
– Students will wear the CONCERT TEES for their band: Canboulay = white with red stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Bacchanal = red with white stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Jouvert = grey with red trim ringer Lion Steel logo tee; Beginning Bands = black Lion Steel logo tee

This is our concert poster! You can see and share it on Instagram (@leonlionsteel) and/or you can download the image file here if you want.

Our PROGRAM IS HERE!

Lion Steel at Cascades Park – April 18th 2024

Performers (and parents/guardians) : Please read this post carefully, since students will be required to participate in all pre- and post-concert loading and unloading activities both on the Leon HS campus AND at Cascades Park. 

CONCERT TIME: 6p

Pre-concert Music (by Leon Community Steel): 5:30p

SCHEDULE:

3:30p – students meet at the Lion Steel portable at Leon HS to pack and load instruments

4:30p – students meet the truck behind Adderley Amphitheater at Cascades Park to unload and set up

5:15p – sound check 

5:30p – Leon Community Steel (pre-show music)

6:00p – Lion Steel Performs (Jouvert, then Bacchanal, then Canboulay)

7:15p – concert concludes; students begin packing and loading truck

8:00p – students meet the truck at the Lion Steel portable to unload (dismissal after this)

Please make sure to arrange rides for students between Leon and Cascades (before the show) and from Cascades to Leon (after). 

There will be about a 40-min period of time after the instruments are set up at Cascades and before the concert starts, during which students can eat dinner. Please either bring food with you or arrange for someone to bring you food to eat before the show.

If you have any questions about this schedule or the show, please reach out to Dr. Justus ASAP! We are excited to JUMP UP at the park on Thursday, April 18!

Quarter 3 Concert – Monday, March 4th

Where: Leon High School Auditorium
When: 7pm
***Students must report to LHS Auditorium no later than 6:15p for first attendance check.
Who: Free and open to the public
What: Calypso, soca, reggae, Latin, and popular music

Details:
All students enrolled in Lion Steel classes are required to arrive no later than 6:15p and to stay for the full duration of the concert until dismissed after the final attendance check for a grade.
– This is a FREE concert, please spread the word and invite everyone to come out to JUMP UP with us!
– Students will wear the CONCERT TEES for their band: Canboulay = white with red stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Bacchanal = red with white stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Jouvert = grey with red trim ringer Lion Steel logo tee; Beginning Bands = black Lion Steel logo tee

Our PROGRAM IS HERE!

This is our concert poster! You can see and share it on Instagram (@leonlionsteel) and/or you can download the image file here if you want:

Quarter 2 Concert – Wednesday, November 29th

Where: Leon High School Auditorium
When: 7pm
***Students must report to LHS Auditorium no later than 6:15p for first attendance check.
Who: Free and open to the public
What: Calypso, soca, reggae, Latin, and Holiday music

Details:
All students enrolled in Lion Steel classes are required to arrive no later than 6:15p and to stay for the full duration of the concert until dismissed after the final attendance check for a grade.
– This is a FREE concert, please spread the word and invite everyone to come out to JUMP UP with us!
– Students will wear the CONCERT TEES for their band: Canboulay = white with red stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Bacchanal = red with white stripes Lion Steel logo jersey, Jouvert = grey with red trim ringer Lion Steel logo tee; Beginning Bands = black Lion Steel logo tee

Our PROGRAM IS HERE!

This is our concert poster! You can see and share it on Instagram (@leonlionsteel) and/or you can download the image file here if you want:

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Quarter 1 Concert – Thursday, October 5th

Where: Leon High School Auditorium
When: 7pm
***Students must report to LHS Auditorium no later than 6:15p for first attendance check.
Who: Free and open to the public
What: Calypso, soca, reggae, Latin, and punk styles of music

Details:
All students enrolled in Lion Steel classes are required to arrive no later than 6:15p and to stay for the full duration of the concert until dismissed after the final attendance check for a grade.
– This is a FREE concert, please spread the word and invite everyone to come out to JUMP UP with us!
– Students will wear attire that 1) adheres to the school dress code, 2) is comfortable (no high heels or formal wear like ties), 3) makes them look and feel great on stage.

Our PROGRAM IS HERE!

This is our concert poster! You can see and share it on Instagram (@leonlionsteel) and/or you can download the image file here if you want:

Lion Steel Events 2023-24

REQUIRED FOR ALL LION STEEL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 5th 2023 = Q1 Concert, LHS AUD 7pm
Wednesday, November 29th 2023 = Q2 Concert, LHS AUD 7pm
Monday, March 4th 2024 = Q3 Concert, LHS AUD 7pm
Wednesday, May 8th 2024 = Q4 Concert, LHS AUD 7pm
–for these dates, students report to AUD at 6:15p, show begins at 7pm

DATES FOR CANBOULAY, BACCHANAL, and JOUVERT
Thursday – Saturday, December 7 – 9th = PAWS, Canboulay only
Wednesday, February 14th = Valentine’s Lime, LHS Cafeteria 6pm (loading into cafeteria between 3p and 6p) – INFO FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS HERE —> Program <— Poster
Thursday, April 18th = Cascades Park show. 6 – 8pm, loading out from school between 3:30p and 4:15p, loading back into school between 7:45 – 8:30p. –>INFO FOR PERFORMERS<– POSTER HERE
Saturday, May 4th = Raa Steel Lime! With Canboulay, Bacchanal, Jouvert, Raa Advanced Band, and Matanzas Blue Steel! DETAILS HERE
Thursday – Sunday, May 9 – 12th = Virginia International PanFestCanboulay and Bacchanal only
Tuesday, May 14th = Senior Awards – Canboulay only

LION STEEL 2024 – 25 Auditions = May 14 – 17, 2024

Welcome to Lion Steel 2023-24!

Hello Lion Steel Students and Parents,

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! We have many exciting things planned, including four on-campus end-of-quarter concerts, PAWS in December, the Valentine’s Lime in February, FMEA (in a new, exciting location) in April, the Cascades Park show in April, and the Virginia International PanFest in May.

The first and most important thing for you to do to get started is to review the list below together and complete ALL of the steps below ASAP.

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1. Welcome Letter and Syllabus (<–click to read)
2. Participation Agreement and Medical Form (<–click to complete)
3. Students – Set Up Remind (check that you have downloaded the app and are active through Leon HS)
4. Parents – Set Up Remind (send this text message “@lsp23-24” to the number 81010)
5. Pay class fee (<– Leon HS eFunds site or via check/money order – no cash – to Dr. Justus)


NOTES: The link above can also be reached from the school homepage by clicking the “Online Fee Payments” button. When you get to EFunds, you’ll click “Pay for Fees”.  From there, you can either login, create an account, or continue as a guest.  If you choose the last option, you will have to have and select the student’s last name and student ID#.  From there, you will select the student and then a “menu” of fee choices pops up. You can just scroll through and select whichever fees you want to pay.  The Lion Steel Fees are listed as “23-24 LEON HS LION STEEL BND”. If you use ACH payment, it’s a flat fee of $1.25.  If you use a card, it’s a percentage.  Depending on how many fees you pay, this can get pricey. 
6. Parent Volunteers (note: if you’d like to be an overnight chaperone for FMEA or Virginia Beach, please contact Dr. Justus for additional volunteer info)
7. Follow Lion Steel on on Instagram (@leonlionsteel) and on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@lionsteel3530)

You can view our Lion Steel 2023-24 Events on this website, on the Leon Performing Arts Calendar, and on the Leon HS Events Calendar.

I am so excited to make music with everyone during the upcoming school year and I’ll be back with you on campus starting on August 31st. In these first few weeks while I am still at home with Baby Justus, please stay tuned to this website, to Instagram, and to our class on FOCUS. I’ll be posting information and assignments to a “TO DO” post here, which is what you should be doing each day in the panyard to stay productive while I’m away (and, of course, the sub will also remind you what to do). I’ll be sending Remind messages and publishing info on our Instagram account, too.

We’ve got a LOT planned – let’s start out strong and make it another magical year for the Lion Steel Band Program!

Cheers,

Dr. Kayleen Justus
justusk@leonschools.net

Lion Steel 2023-24 Audition Results

Canboulay
Amy Allen (T)
Jordan Bartie (T)
Matthew Bennett (DT)
Soren Berry (T)
Josh Bounds (DT playing DS parts/GC/ER)
Logan Brown (T)
Kendall Budd (T)
Sarah Grace Darsey (DS playing DT parts)
Dylan Doan (GC)
Talia Duncan (GC)
Redd Escallier (DS)
Tyriq Gainous (DS)
Brendan Hanbury (GC)
LeAnne Hartman (DT)
Riyad Jaber (GC/B/ER)
Angeleena Jackson (T)
Lexie Jones (T-Kitchener or Superior)
Troy Najdowski (B/Drum Set)
Maddie Pursino (T)
Camryn Sawyer (GC)
Tyler Schnittker (T)
Forester Shelton (T)
Donovan Shumate (GC)
Bekah Smith (DS playing DT parts)
Mason Toothill (T)
Gillian Tran (DS)
Ansley Wiggins (T-Kitchener or Superior)
Jerrod Williams (DT)
Gabe Wolff (DT playing DS parts)

Bacchanal
Aubriana Bales (DS)
Caine Bonamie (T-OS)
Reese Bowden (GC)
Callie Campbell (DS)
Stryder Campbell (DT)
Malik Clark (T)
Cynthia Conte (GC)
Brooklyn Costa (DS)
Ashlynn Dahm (DT)
Rayonna Gaulden (T-Kitchener or Superior)
Scarlet Hall (GC)
Corrin Johnson (T)
Lukas Kaleko (T)
Andy Lara (B)
Henry Mwanda (DT)
Sarah Nabulsi (T)
Noelle Nelloms (T)
Jailyn Nickeo (T)
Alexa Orozco-Tucker (DS)
Kaylee Phillips (GC)
Valentina Ploch (T)
AJ Quinones (T)
Katelyn Sears (B)
Audrey Strickland (T-Kitchener or Superior)
Natalie Strouse (DS)
Sophia Taylor (GC)
Kiera Wilson (T)
Emma Windsor (DT)

Jouvert
Kaleb Bottini (T)
Lilian Davis (T)
La’Riyah Falah (DT)
Drew Giles (T)
J’Zhori Jackson (GC)
Piper McBride (GC)
Kelli Meeks (T)
Tristan Miller (GC)
Sebastian Neel (DS)
Noah Nicolas (GC)
Jaeson Nickeo (T)
Da’Marion Owens (B/ER)
Lily Sapp (DS)
Ansley Sermons (T)
Romeo Xayboury (GC)