The Blackhawk Marching Band is a spirited and energetic extra-curricular ensemble focused on representing West Aurora High School and District 129, entertaining fans, and supporting Blackhawk Football. It is open to all band students who are enrolled in one of the seven concert ensembles (grades 9-12). Marching band is an extra-curricular activity and is treated in the same manner as a sport, and therefore students must meet eligibility requirements.
Our non-competitive band performs at all West High home football games as well as several area parades throughout the year. The marching band rehearses two days per week outside the school day: Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Blackhawk Band also has a mini-camp at the conclusion of the school year, and a preseason marching camp approximately 10 days prior to the start of school in August.
Whether before, during, or after the game, no band supports its team, entertains its fans, or plays as hard as the Blackhawk Marching Band!
The Basketball Pep Bands (RED and BLUE) at West Aurora High School are also extra-curricular bands that perform for all home boys basketball games and select girls basketball games. Please note: All girls games are part of doubleheaders. We are seated on the first level of the Main Gym in order to create an exciting atmosphere for West High Basketball! Although students are placed in one of the two bands, they are encouraged to participate in as many games as they wish. Registration for basketball pep bands will be very similar to marching band and will likely open in late October. Each member must perform at a minimum of 6 games to qualify for a basketball band patch and must attend the events assigned to their band. You must find a sub if you cannot attend your assigned game.