As the pride of Riordan, the toast of San Francisco, the Riordan Band represents the best of the high school experience. Most students in the band programme arrive at Riordan with no previous musical training but go on to represent the school as some of the most sought after instrumental performers from the Bay Area at many colleges and universities. The Riordan Band, currently under the direction of Lance C. Ohnmeiss, 11th director of bands, has been entertaining San Francisco audiences since its inception inf 1949. The Archbishop Riordan award winning music programme’s mission is to provide a performance based musical education, through the fundamentals of musicianship, technical instruction of individual instrument groups, practice in self discipline, student leadership, service, and performances at both community events and competitions/festivals. It has won many first and second place awards for marching band, concert band, jazz band, winter percussion, and winter colour guard. The Riordan Band has performed in the past in London, England, Vancouver, British Columbia, Hawaii, and Rome Italy as well as all across the western United States.
About the Director:
Mr. Ohnmeiss is the Director of Bands, Artistic Director of the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony (NAWS) in northeastern Pennsylvania and a professional French horn player. An alumnus of San Francisco State University, Lance holds a Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis in music education and a Master of Music, in conducting from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. As a clinician and conductor he has taught music clinics to a wide variety of schools throughout Northern California and guest conducted for the Luzerne County High School Honor Band, Pennsylvania. Over the past nine years he has coached six Northern Californian Drum Major Champions. Mr. Ohnmeiss currently is one of the Area VI representatives for the California Music Educators Association Bay Section board of directors and is a member of many musical and educational organizations in California and Pennsylvania.