Each year from 1948 to 1977, a high school band was selected to represent the Lions of Michigan in the annual parade at their international convention. In 1978, an all-state band was organized to honor and play for an incoming Lions International President from Michigan. The Lions All State Band was created and has appeared annually at conventions thereafter.
The All State Band has since become one of Michigan Lions' most acclaimed youth activities. The success of the band is attributed to outstanding students, excellent instructors and dedicated support staff.
Students from over 300 Michigan high schools and communities have participated in the band since its inception. The band averages 100-120 students.
Performances center around the band's appearance at the Lions Clubs International Convention, held in major cities throughout the world during late June or early July. Additional concerts and appearances are scheduled enroute to the convention site or during the homeward journey. The annual tour generally lasts 7 to 10 days. Major cities where the band has performed include Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, New Orleans, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Montreal.