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PORTAL MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL BAND         John Gleissner

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About The Band

Our band program at Portal Middle High School has grown tremendously since Mr. Gleissner came to Portal. The number of students enrolled in the program has surged, the opportunities to perform have increased, and the level of musicianship has developed incrementally. 


There were 6 students in the Marching Band when Mr. Gleissner began. The numbers range from 24 to 36 after 6 years. The complete program had 47 students in 2013 from 6-12 grade. We have had up to 94 students in a school year enrolled in band since then. Our total number of students at the school is ~431.


The school had one Marching Band and one Concert Band before Mr. Gleissner arrived. We now have a Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and many small ensembles including some singing groups. Portal Middle High School now also offers a Music Technology class.


Portal Middle High School took our Symphonic Band to a band festival for the first time ever in the spring of 2019. They received a Superior Rating at the St. Patrick's Band Festival. 

The Festival Band in 2021 participated in the State LGPE. They received Superior Ratings there as well.