Incoming Freshman Band Member Information
The West Aurora High School Department of Bands offers seven different concert ensemble courses. They are the Red Freshman Band, Blue Freshman Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. These ensembles meet throughout the school year and perform a concert each quarter. Incoming Freshman will be placed in one of the two freshmen ensemble (Red and Blue).
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Ensembles open to students in grade 9:
The Freshman Bands are available to all wind and percussion performers in grade 9 and are conducted by Dr. Rodney Schueller. The Red Freshman Band meets during 1st hour and the Blue Freshman Band meets during 2nd hour. Students audition during the first week of school for part and seat placement only, and every effort is made to develop two equal ensembles during the registration process. The Freshman Bands are the youngest performance classes and focus on fundamentals intended to develop and prepare freshman students for upper level performance groups. The size and instrumentation of the Freshman Bands will vary from year to year, depending on the enrollment of the elementary and middle school programs.
The Blackhawk Marching Band and Pep Band are spirited and energetic extra-curricular ensembles focused on representing West Aurora High School and District 129, entertaining fans, and supporting Blackhawk Football and Basketball teams. It is open to all band students who are enrolled in one of the seven concert ensembles (grades 9-12). Marching band and Pep Band are extra-curricular activities and are treated in the same manner as a sport, and therefore students must meet eligibility requirements. Sign-up for these activities are facilitated through our Athletic Bands tab at the top of this page and social media outlets.
The Jazz Program at West Aurora consists of four jazz bands, the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Band, the Stage Band, and the All Freshman Lab Band. These groups meet during the school day and outside the school day for the entire school year. In addition to these four ensembles there is an Early Bird Jazz Band. Participation in the Jazz Program is not mandatory, but in order to participate in the jazz band you must participate in a concert ensemble. The only exceptions made are those who play bass or guitar. Lack of participation in the Jazz Program does not affect the student’s concert ensemble grade. Freshman interested in the jazz program should contact their high school counselor or contact one of the band directors.