Concert Bands Resources
Each fall, upperclassmen band students audition for placement in one of two ability-based curricular concert bands which meet during periods 5 and 6 of the school day. The Wind Symphony is our preeminent concert band, made up of our finest wind and percussion musicians, and meets during period 5. The Symphonic Band is our intermediate concert band, which meets during period 6. All upperclassmen will audition for placement in these ensembles during their assigned band period once school begins utilizing the audition materials below.
All incoming freshmen band members will be automatically placed in our freshmen Concert Band ensemble, which meets during period 4. Freshmen will be given an opportunity to audition for seating within the concert band once the year begins utilizing music from the first concert cycle.
The 2019-2020 audition excerpts for Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band are derived from the Cycle 1 ILMEA etudes. Recordings, full excerpts, and Mp3s can be found on the ILMEA Resources page of this website.
The 2019-2020 audition excerpts for Freshmen Concert Band are based on a piece from our first concert cycle (Vortex 2019). Excerpts and an mp3 are available at the link below!
Concert Cycle 1 - Fall Music Festival Concert 10/23/2019
Concert Cycle 1 - Holiday Concert 12/15/2019
Congratulations on making the Evanston Township High School Wind Symphony. This is quite an honor - and a fantastic opportunity for you to enhance your skills as a musician. Below is the music for each of our concert cycles. Music may be added, removed, or exchanged at any time during the year, so keep this page bookmarked on your home computer and/or tablet/phone.
Take care to listen to not only the assigned music for each concert cycle, but to the additional listening playlists below. It is important to build a frame of reference on each composer and time period, as well as build a strong sense of ensemble sonority and uniformity - skills that can only be honed through engaged rehearsals at ETHS combined with a healthy routine of listening to reference recordings.
Another critical part of our growth process as an ensemble is to create recordings of our work periodically throughout the concert cycle. This helps us to check-in on our strengths and weaknesses as a group, or as individuals, and to set new goals along the way. Assignments will be posted below and must be completed within the required timeline.