CONCERT ENSEMBLES

SYMPHONIC BAND

Symphonic Band is designed for the most advanced wind and percussion instrumentalists. Due to the advanced level of music being performed, there is a strong emphasis on individual preparation and performance. Students will broaden their musical abilities through the performance of advanced wind ensemble literature written for advanced high school and college ensembles. Regular practice outside of rehearsals is expected, and private lessons are strongly recommended. Attendance at all public performances is required. Honors credit for this course is available by application.

 

Prerequisite:

Audition Required

SYMPHONIC BAND AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

  • Symphonic Band recently performed at the 2019 Superstate Concert Band Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which featured many of the top high school bands in the state of Illinois.

  • Symphonic Band was also selected to perform at the 2020 Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria, Illinois in January this year.

  • McHenry Symphonic Band was selected as 1 of 16 High School Bands from across the country to perform on the featured stage at the National Concert Band Festival this year! Click here to see the acceptance letter!

  • McHenry Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the 2020 Superstate Concert Band Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

SYMPHONIC BAND RECORDINGS

Shepherd's Hey - Percy GraingerMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 02:02
Earth Song - Frank TicheliMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 03:28
El Camino Real - Alfred ReedMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 09:59
Danzón No. 2 - Arturo MárquezMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 10:20
American Salute - Morton GouldMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 04:32
Goodnight Moon - Eric WhitacreMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 05:06
Armenian Dances Part II - Alfred ReedMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 18:13
Molly on the Shore - Percy GraingerMcHenry Symphonic Band
00:00 / 04:08

CONCERT BAND

Concert Band is open to all wind and percussion instrumentalists, or beginning instrumentalists from all grade levels. It is designed to further the musical development of the student through concentrated study on music fundamentals and performance techniques. Appropriate high school literature of various musical styles and historical periods will be studied and performed at concerts. Regular practice outside of rehearsals is expected, and private lessons are strongly recommended. Attendance at all public performances is required. 

 

Prerequisite:

Previous experience on a band instrument

or teacher approval. 

FRESHMAN BAND

Freshman Band is open for beginning to intermediate wind and percussion instrumentalists freshman students. The course emphasizes the development of performance skills, musical interpretation and individual technique. Through rehearsals, clinics and performances, students will broaden their musical abilities with the study of beginning to intermediate literature of various musical styles and historical periods. Students will play on four band concerts and one festival performance every year and will regularly work with outside of MCHS clinicians to enhance their playing ability. Freshman Band is offered to students in grades 9.