Curricular Concert Bands
The Evanston Township High School concert band program consists of three ability-based curricular concert bands - Freshmen Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony (in 2022-2023, there are two equal Symphonic Bands with Freshmen evenly distributed within each band). These ensembles meet as 85 minute classes during periods 2, 4, and 6 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students audition for
placement and seating in these ensembles at the end of each marking quarter.
The Wind Symphony is the preeminent wind band at Evanston Township High School. Made up of the most mature wind and percussion musicians at ETHS, this ensemble studies advanced literature utilizing a conceptual and fundamental skill set developed over many years of study. The ETHS Wind Symphony is committed to developing a strong understanding of ensemble performance concepts and instrument pedagogy in every student through the study of traditional and contemporary, and secular and sacred repertoire of the highest caliber. The Wind Symphony is a part of several new music consortia through which they have helped commission works from Steven Bryant, Dana Wilson, James Curnow, David Gillingham, Donald Grantham, William Bolcom, Roger Zare, Jennifer Jolley, Shuying Li, and Mark Camphouse and has committed to future plans with Reena Esmail, Caroline Kyunga Min Ahn, James Stephenson and Kristin Kuster.
The Wind Symphony has performed at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the University of Illinois Krannert Center, Illinois State University Performing Arts Concert Hall, Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and several other prestigious venues. They have also represented ETHS as a clinic ensemble at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in open rehearsal settings (Craig Kirchoff - 2002, Scott Teeple - 2016, Chris Chapman - 2019). The group has performed six times at the prestigious University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival since 2014 and was named Class 4A Honor Band in 2019. In January of 2018, the Wind Symphony performed as a featured ensemble at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and in March of 2019, they performed as one of fifteen featured bands selected to perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.
Each February/March, all band students audition for placement and seating within three curricular concert bands at ETHS. Freshmen audition for chair placement only within the 4th Period Freshmen Concert Band, while Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors audition for placement and seating in either the intermediate Symphonic Band or the advanced Wind Symphony. This audition also serves as the foundation for placement in Symphony Orchestra as well as special opportunities such as nomination for the North Shore Honor Band.