Mr. Joseph Lawrence



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Joseph Lawrence

Hello Parents, as your child's band instructor I would like to share some information about myself with you and your child. I've earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Bishop College located in Dallas, Texas, a Master of Arts (MA) from Olivet Nazarene University located in Kankakee, Illinois and a Master of Arts (MA) from Concordia University located River Forest, Illinois. I retired from the Chicago Public Schools after 38 successful years of teaching in addition to being the Music Coordinator for the Chicago Public Schools ALL-City Music Contest Festivals.

I have been the Director of Bands here at Southland College Prep Charter High School for the past 4 years, and the band program has doubled in size and in scope during that time. The Concert Band has won 4 consecutive Division I Superior Ratings in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Music Contest Festivals and many of the seniors have been offered full scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities. With that being said,  I look forward to working with you and your child and hope that you will join the Band Parents Booster Association in order to support and elevate your Childs learning experiences in the Southland band to a new and higher level of achievement.