Freshman Band

Freshman Band is the ensemble for all ninth grade students. In this ensemble, students will develop rhythmic foundations, individual musicianship, tone and intonation on their instrument, and general ensembleship. Students will perform in the Fall and Holiday Concerts, as well as the winter Chamber Ensemble Concert, and the Spring Concert. Students are assessed individually and as an ensemble and typically perform between grade 2.5-4 music.

Symphonic Band

Students in 10th-12th grade are eligible to perform in Symphonic Band. In Symphonic Band, the ensemble focuses on developing technical foundations in a variety of key signatures and continue to focus on developing musicality on their instrument. Students Students will perform in the Fall and Holiday Concerts, as well as the winter Chamber Ensemble Concert, and the Spring Concert. Students are assessed individually and as an ensemble and typically perform between grade 3-4 music.

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is open to students with admittance by audition during the previous school year. In this top level ensemble, students typically study privately outside of school. Each year, Wind Ensemble submits a recording for SuperState and typically plays up to grade 5 music. Additionally, students will perform in the annual Techny Festival of Music, which is held at Techny Towers. 

ILMEA Cycle 3 music

Jazz at GBN

The Glenbrook North Band program has two curricular jazz ensembles that meet during early bird at 7:05am every day. Jazz can be taken as a 9th class if students are taking two electives. Both ensembles run at the same time every morning at 7:05am. Lab rehearses in E103 and Ensemble rehearses in E101.

Jazz Lab

This Glenbrook North Jazz Lab is open to all jazz musicians who either have or have not had experience in jazz band before. We cover a variety of literature, including swing, funk, rock, latin, blues, and ballads. In this ensemble, students develop their skills as individual musicians and as soloists. The ensemble performs at three concerts per year and performs in the annual North Shore Jazz Festival.

Note: all students are welcome in jazz band. Flute, clarinet, and oboe players double on saxophone. Horn players double on trumpet and all low brass will play trombone.

Jazz Ensemble

The Glenbrook North Jazz Ensemble is open to admittance by audition, which will take place in the fall. Students in Jazz Ensemble are proficient on their instrument and are comfortable soloing. The Jazz Ensemble plays a variety of literature and performs in three concerts each year, in addition to the North Shore Jazz Festival.