A fixture at West Aurora High School since 1919, we welcome you to the online home of the Department of Bands! Our program features 7 concert ensembles, 5 jazz bands, the Blackhawk Marching Band, and the Blackhawk Basketball Pep Bands. Our mission is to promote musical appreciation, knowledge, and participation through the study and performance of quality instrumental repertoire. The performance-based classes and ensembles in our program feature unique content that offers unparalleled aesthetic experiences, rigorous performance demands, and are worthy of academic study. Participation in these courses and ensembles is the best and most direct way to experience the art of music making, one that will assist students in developing a greater understanding of themselves and humanity. The Band Faculty and Staff of West Aurora High School welcome you to our program and invite you to explore our ensembles!
An Overview of the West Aurora Department of Bands
West Aurora High School enrolls over 3,700 students and is part of School District 129, one that serves students from Aurora, the Village of North Aurora, Montgomery, and Sugar Grove Township. The district employs ten full-time music educators who serve ten elementary schools, four middle schools, and one high school in an effort to ensure consistent instruction and a smooth progression from the 6th through the 12th grade. The West Aurora High School Department of Bands has a long and distinguished history of performance excellence. The program boasts 14 ensembles including 7 wind bands, 4 jazz bands, and 3 athletic bands – the Blackhawk Marching Band and the Blackhawk Basketball Pep Band. The band program at West High enrolls over 375 students and has been called a beacon of the district as it is an integral part of the Aurora community.
"Roll-on, Blackhawks!" - Sten G. Halfvarson