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Normal West High School Wind Ensemble

The Normal West High School Wind Ensemble has set high standards of musical excellence since its inception in 1995.  The Wind Ensemble is one of four concert bands offered at Normal West High School.  In addition, Normal West High School offers two jazz bands, a competitive marching band, pep band, musical pit-orchestra, and orchestra winds.  In January 2001, The Wind Ensemble performed for the Illinois Music Educators’ Association Convention in Peoria, IL. In the spring of 2008, they were selected as the “Encore” ensemble to perform the evening concert at the Heritage Festival of Gold in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.  In the spring of 2005, the Normal West High School Wind Ensemble made their debut performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC. The week of March 14, 2005 was declared Normal West Wind Ensemble Week by the mayor and town council in recognition of their performance in Carnegie Hall.  The ensemble has been invited to perform at the University of Illinois “Superstate” Concert Band Festival ten times and was named the Class AA Honor Band five times.  The Normal West High School Wind Ensemble is proud to have premiered three major works by composers Robert Sheldon and Roy Magnuson.

Normal West High School
Wind Ensemble
Los Angeles Tour 2010

Tentative Los Angeles Itinerary as of April 19, 2010

2009-2010 Syllabus

Los Angeles Tour Information

Los Angeles Tour Commitment Form

Los Angeles Tour Payment Coupons

Walt Disney Concert Hall Information

Walt Disney Concert Hall Virtual Tour

  2009-2010 Repertoire

Angels in the Architecture
Frank Ticheli

Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy/arr. Wallace

Shepherd's Hey

El Camino Real
Alfred Reed

A Most Wonderful Christmas
arr. Robert Sheldon

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

Selections from The Nutcracker
arr. Robert Longfield

Steven Bryant

Performance Schedule

Monday, October 12, 2009
IMEA District Auditions
Bloomington HS - All Day
(There is no school - See Ms. Preston to sign up)

Thursday, October 29
, 2009
Wind Ensemble Concert
7:30 PM with Dr. Mike Fansler, Guest Conductor

Saturday, November 7
, 2009
IMEA District Jazz Festival
Illinois Wesleyan University
(Participants selected from October 12 auditions)

Saturday, November 21
, 2009
NCWHS Band Parents Craft Show
Small groups perform throughout the day

Saturday, Novemeber 21
, 2009
IMEA District Festival
(Participants selected from October 12 auditions)

Sunday, Novemeber 22
, 2009
Large Unit District Association (LUDA) Conference
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Holiday Jubilee
Normal West Bands Community Concert
at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, December 5
, 2009
Twin City Honor Band Auditions at ISU

Friday, January 29
, 2010
Performance with Lockport Wind Symphony
Illinois Music Educators Association
All-State Conference, Peoria, IL

Saturday, March 6, 2010
IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest
Bloomington High School - Times TBA

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Class of 2010 Senior Recognition Concert at NCWHS
7:00 PM

June 2010
Los Angeles, CA Tour

NCWHS Wind Ensemble 2008
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center Chicago

2008-2009 Performances

Fall Concert
Monday, October 20, 2008 at PJHS

Normal West Bands Holiday Concert
December 2008

Metamora Concert Band Festival
February 21, 2009

Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands
February 27 - 28, 2009

Concert with the Prairie Wind Ensemble
Thursday, March 17, 2009

Normal West Bands Senior Recognition Concert
Thursday, May 7, 2009

2008-2009 Repertoire

A Song for Lyndsay

Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Easter Monday on the White House Lawn
John Philip Sousa

Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso
Jeronimo Gimenez

Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Mark Camphouse

Strange Humors

John Mackey

Dance of the Jesters
P. I. Tchaikovsky

Veni Immanuel
Philip Sparke

Sketches on a Tudor Psalm
Fisher Tull
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