About the Program 

West High School is proud to offer five curricular band ensembles, including symphonic band, concert band, Jazz I, Jazz II, and marching band.

The Iowa High School Music Association sanctions our high school band competitions and events. Through involvement in band, students learn valuable life skills including teamwork, concentration and focus, and confidence.


Concert Band is a foundation level ensemble and Symphonic Band is an auditioned higher-level ensemble. Students learn basic instrumental skills and techniques, practice strategies, music-specific information, and perform various styles of music each semester. 
Students also have an opportunity to perform with members of their group in small-group chamber ensembles during the spring semester. 

Jazz I and Jazz II are auditioned ensembles that provide students with the opportunity to learn advanced instrumental skills and abilities, various jazz styles (swing, Bebop, Latin, etc.), and how to improvise. The jazz season begins in late October and ends in late April.  

Marching Band performs at competitions throughout northwest Iowa in the fall as well as at home football games. This co-curricular activity occurs outside the school day and involves some expenses for accessories and travel.  This is one of our most exciting and thrilling performance opportunities for band students.   

Notable Achievements 

All State Musicians 

  • Colin Houts, Trumpet 2019, Dani Youngberg, Clarinet 2019, Elias Vargas, Trombone Alternate 2019 

  • Oliver Engelhardt and Juan Oropeza, Trumpet Alternates 2018 

  • Jose Ayala, Saxophone 2016, Alternate 2017 

  • Danielle Schultz Clarinet 2013-2016 

Concert Bands

  • Ten Division I Rankings at State Large Group Festival 

Marching Band 

  • Twenty Division I Rankings at State Marching Band Festival 

Marching Band 2019 

  • Two Best Percussion Awards 

  • One Best Colorguard Award 

  • One First-in-Class Award 

  • Division I Ranking at State Marching Band Festival 

Meet the Directors

Ethan Owens School Picture

Ethan Owens, Head Director

Patrick Patterson School Picture

Patrick Patterson, Assistant Director