The concert bands are the core of the band curriculum at Glenbrook North. GBN offers three curricular concert bands that meet during school. These ensembles focus on the preparation of high-quality wind band repertoire and students spend time developing ensemble performance skills including blend/balance, tone quality, intonation, and musicianship.

Freshman Band: The Freshman Band is comprised of all 9th grade students in the GBN Band program. Emphasis is put on unification of performance techniques between students coming from different schools and on continued development of basic performing and ensemble skills on intermediate-level music. The Freshman Band performs in concerts in GBN’s Center for the Performing Arts, as well as each Spring at a Concert Band Festival in the area.

Symphonic Band: GBN’s Symphonic Band serves as an intermediate performing ensemble for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. This ensemble is open to any student, and focuses on the preparation and performance of high quality intermediate wind band repertoire. Students perform in concerts in GBN’s Center for the Performing Arts, as well as each Spring at a Concert Band Festival in the area.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble: The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of students who exemplify the highest standards of musicianship. This ensemble is audition based, and open to students who are Sophomores through Seniors. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble plays advanced wind band repertoire, including collegiate level music. In addition to performances in concerts at school, the SWE regularly participates in the IHSA Organizational Contest in the Spring, and on multiple occasions has been invited to perform at the University of Illinois’ “SuperState” Festival.

SuperState Performance

Congratulations to SWE on a great performance at the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival! See below for recordings from the performance:

Upcoming Concerts

  • NIU Band Festival (Freshman Band and Symphonic Band): Saturday, March 4 – ITINERARY HERE
  • SWE Concert: April 12
  • Band/Orchestra Concert (Freshman Band and Symphonic Band): May 18

SWE Auditions

Auditions for placement in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will take place in the Spring. Materials can be found below and include a lyrical and technical etudes for each wind player, and multiple etudes for percussion. Students should only prepare the portions marked “SWE Start” to “SWE End” for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble Auditions. Students may also be asked to perform a brief sight-reading audition.

SWE Audition Music (Winds and Percussion)

IMEA Audition Materials

2017-18 IMEA audition materials are available below. Auditions will take place in early October 2017.

  • Wind and Percussion Etudes
  • Scales – There is a 3 minute time limit to play these scales.
  • Procedures – Go to this page to see how the auditions are conducted and scored.
  • Recordings– Here are videos of U of I faculty members playing the etudes so you can hear how they should sound!  If there’s no video of your instrument, check back as new videos are being posted throughout the summer.