Music & Theatre

The music program for East High School includes extensive vocal and instrumental opportunities for students. East offers band (Joseph Thering), Orchestra (Jennifer Luft), color guard (Michelle Eggleston) and vocal music (Traci Squires). East’s goal is to ensure that all students have an opportunity to have a strong musical education and have access to programs that enrich their school experience. East also provides students with an opportunity to participate in theatre and play production (Jamaal Allan).


The East High band program offers a comprehensive and extensive variety of music performance opportunities for students. One of those opportunities includes being part of the East High Marching Scarlets, the most visible of the bands at East. The Marching Scarlets march at all home football games and at several parades and festivals. Another of the many performance opportunities is playing in the symphonic band, which is the core of the band program and rehearses every day beginning after the marching season. Students in the symphonic band perform at concerts and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities are available.


Color Guard
The East High Color Guard offers numerous performance opportunities for students in the performing arts field. The Color Guard performs in two separate seasons during the school year beginning with the marching season including performances and competitions as part of the East High Marching Scarlets, parades and home football games. The Color Guard also performs and competes during an independent Winter Guard season including State Solo and State Team Competition with ISDTA at Wells Fargo Arena, a Regional Competition with Marching Auxiliaries, and at home basketball games and assemblies.

The East High School Orchestral Music program sets our music department apart from many music programs throughout the state. Our orchestras are an integral part of the East music landscape.

East High School is home to one of the best drama departments in Iowa, with an award-winning instructor and students. East High School offers courses in theatre and play production in addition to their performance-based activities.

Vocal Music
The East Vocal Program is an integral part of our students education. The program has regular concerts and participates in district and state events to celebrate music and develop instructional opportunities for the students at East.