The Wind Ensemble is the premiere ensemble of the band program at Willowbrook High School. Designed for students that have achieved the highest level of proficiency on their instrument, Wind Ensemble emphasizes advanced performance skills and musical interpretation and performs the finest available repertoire for the wind band. Students are placed in Wind Ensemble by audition and are expected to make a 100-percent commitment to the group, including attendance of all rehearsals, sectionals, clinics, and performances. Additionally, students enrolled in Wind Ensemble are strongly encouraged to take private lessons and are expected to include daily practice in their lifestyle in order to maintain the necessary level of musical proficiency. Members of Wind Ensemble are required to participate in solo and ensemble as well as marching band and pep band.
Symphonic Band emphasizes the refinement of ensemble skills, musical interpretation, and technical proficiency through the performance of appropriate literature of various periods and styles. In addition to performing at several concerts during the year, Symphonic Band also participates in occasional clinics and festivals. Students are placed in Symphonic Band by audition and are highly encouraged to take private lessons and participate in solo and ensemble. Members of Symphonic Band are required to participate in marching band and pep band.
Concert Band (formerly Freshman Band) is designed to give students the opportunity to further their musical knowledge and development in an ensemble setting. In addition to performing appropriate literature of various periods and styles, Concert Band emphasizes the development of individual musicianship, ensemble skills, and technical proficiency. Concert Band performs at several concerts during the year, as well as occasional clinics and festivals. Students enrolled in Concert Band are highly encouraged to study privately, particularly if they have not previously taken private lessons, and are required to participate in marching band and pep band.
Perhaps the most visible ensemble of the band program, the Marching Warriors perform at all varsity home football games throughout the fall, as well as the annual Lombard Lilac Parade, the Villa Park 4th of July Parade, and various other events during the year. Membership in the Marching Warriors is required for all students enrolled in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. Exemptions for fall sports will be considered on an individual basis by the director during the preceding spring semester. Students may also participate in Color Guard or Drumline with the approval of the director.
Jazz Ensembles I & II are extracurricular groups open to students interested in auditioning on saxophone (alto, tenor, and baritone), trumpet, trombone, drums/percussion, piano, bass, and guitar. In addition to performing at school concerts during the year, the Jazz Ensembles participate in several festivals and clinics throughout the Chicagoland area and can also be seen at occasional gigs in the community.
Pep Band performs for varsity home basketball games as well as other school spirit events throughout the year. Enrollment in this ensemble is required for all Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band members.