The McHenry Community High School Bands are composed of dedicated students striving for the highest standards of musical and performance excellence. Individuals seeking admittance into the organization must leave all personality conflicts at home. Success is only accomplished by each individual not only thinking as a group, but also by working together and performing as a group.
MUSIC will be the most important ingredient of the McHenry High School Bands. Although participation in the band provides many non-musical benefits such as learning to work together, building a sense of responsibility, and feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride in doing something well, the primary purpose of the band is making MUSIC together.
The McHenry Community High School Bands encourage and promote academic excellence with a rehearsal and performance schedule that is compatible with the student's academic responsibilities. Band members are involved in concerts, trips, and are an essential ingredient of school spirit at McHenry Community High School.
About MCHS Bands
Spencer Hile - Band Director
Spencer Hile currently is in his fourth year as the band director at McHenry High School in McHenry, Illinois. Mr. Hile teaches two jazz bands, two concert bands, percussion ensemble, and music theory.
Mr. Hile’s interest in music began when he was required to join band for his freshman year at Highland Park High School by his high school band director, Dr. Jim Hile. After the kicking and screaming subsided he discovered a deep appreciation for the most important instrument… Euphonium. At Highland Park, he was afforded many life-changing opportunities via band performance trips to China, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia. During high school, he had the privilege of performing in a tuba euphonium quartet that performed at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
In 2016, Mr. Hile graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. In addition to studying euphonium privately with Mark Moore, he studied conducting and band pedagogy with Dr. Linda Moorhouse and Dr. Stephen Peterson. His professional affiliations are with ILMEA and the National Band Association. He currently lives in Oakwood Hills with his partner Liv and loyal puppy Cooper.