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2021 Marching Band Fall Schedule
Marching Band Camp: August 2-6, 8am-8pm
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U-High Band Program overview
The University High School Band meets daily during seventh period at 1:00 p.m. Band members play a variety of musical styles, learning musical expression through instrumental performance. Band class consists of Marching Band and Concert Band. Many extracurricular band activities are available to the students.
Marching Band rehearsals begin in the summer. When school begins in the fall, rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings throughout the marching season. The band performs at home varsity football games and competes in several local marching band competitions during the fall. Every other year, the band travels to perform in a bowl game during Winter Break. The next trip will be during the 2017-18 school year.
Marching Pioneers have two uniforms. The summer uniform consists of a gold U-High Band t-shirt, black shorts, and neutral colored tennis shoes. The full uniform consists of the dress uniform (provided), black gloves, black socks and black Drillmaster marching shoes. Marching shoes and gloves may be purchased at the Music Shoppe in Normal.
Concert Band begins second quarter and continues through the school year. There are three concerts: the Holiday Concert including band, jazz band and orchestra groups in December, a Winter Concert including band and orchestra groups in February and a Spring Band Concert that includes senior awards and recognition in May.
There are two U-High jazz bands, Jazz Gold and Jazz Green. Selections for these bands are made by audition. Practices begin after Marching Band season and run through the spring. The jazz bands perform at concerts, jazz festivals and other local venues.
Madrigal Brass & Recorders
Madrigal Brass & Recorders are volunteer ensembles that perform during the Madrigal Dinners which are held the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Pep Band, a volunteer group, performs at home varsity basketball games throughout the basketball season.
Pit Orchestra provides accompaniment for the Spring musical. Participation is voluntary. Members of the Pit must be present during Tech Week (the week before the performance) and performances.
ILMEA festivals & IHSA solo and ensemble contest
Students may audition for the ILMEA district band and jazz band festivals in the fall. Auditions are held on Columbus Day and the festivals are held in November. Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors can also qualify for the All-State Festival in January. In the Spring, band members may compete in IHSA solo and ensemble contest.