The McHenry High School band program is made up of three curricular concert bands, two curricular jazz bands, and a percussion ensemble class serving about 120 students. There is also an Honors option for students enrolled in Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Class. The band program encourages and promotes academic excellence with a rehearsal and performance schedule that is compatible with the student's academic responsibilities.
Band members are involved in concerts, festivals, trips, and are an essential ingredient of school spirit at McHenry Community High School. All ensembles at McHenry High School attend at least one band festival throughout the school year and work with multiple guest clinicians/performers. Extracurricular music activities include Pep Band, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, and chamber groups for select students. All bands are made up of students from East and West Campus and half the students in each group must take a bus between schools every day for band rehearsal.
The McHenry Band Program has received recognition at the State and National levels for excellence in music performance. In February 2020, the Symphonic Band performed for the first time in school history at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference. Symphonic Band was selected in 2019 and 2020 to perform at the esteemed University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival. In 2020, Symphonic Band was incredibly grateful for the invitation, as 1 of 16 bands from across the country, to perform on the Featured Stage at the Music for All National Festival.
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.