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.
2021 – Spring Semester Events
Monday, Jan. 25 IHSMA State Jazz Band @ TBD EVENING
Friday, Feb.5Morningside College Jazz Band Festival TBD
Monday, Feb. 15 NWIBA District Jazz Competition @ Lemars ALL-DAY
Mon/Tues Feb. 22/23 TBDLewis and Clark Jazz Festival @ WITCCALL-DAY
Saturday, Mar. 6 Bluffs Jazz Festival @ Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln ALL-DAY
Thursday, Mar. 11 5-12 Band Concert @ West High Gym 5pm-9pm
Friday, April 9 Jazz Night (TBD) Library
Tuesday, May 4 Spring Band Concert @ WHS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 State Large Group Competition @ TBD ALL DAY
Saturday, May 29 West High Graduation Ceremonies @ Tyson Event Center 2:30 p.m.
Note: Events are subject to change time/location. View the most up-to-date calendar of band events here.
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
Ten Division I Rankings at State Large Group Festival
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 Director
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