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Concert Bands Resources


Each winter, upperclassmen band students audition for placement (for the following year) in one of two ability-based curricular concert bands which meet during periods 4 and 6B 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 6B. The Symphonic Band is our intermediate concert band, which meets during period 4. All upperclassmen will audition for placement in these ensembles virtually (record a video and submit through Google Classroom).

All incoming freshmen band members will be automatically placed in our freshmen Concert Band ensemble, which meets during period 2. 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.

P2 Freshmen Concert Band

P6 Wind Symphony

The 2024-2025 MQ1 audition excerpts for Freshmen band students are based on a piece from our first concert cycle (Vortex).  Percussion have a different etude unrelated to Vortex.  Excerpts and an mp3 are available at the link below!

The 2024-2025 fall seating audition excerpts for Wind Symphony are derived from music for first cycle (Danza No. 2). Percussion have a different etude unrelated to Danza No. 2.  Recordings, full excerpts, and Mp3s can be found at the link below.

P4 Symphonic Band 

The 2024-2025 MQ1 audition excerpts for P4 Symphonic Band  are based on a piece for our first concert cycle (True Blue March).  Excerpts and an mp3 are available at the link below!

Wind Symphony

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 in Google Classroom. 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.

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