The Niles West Marching Band was awarded Grand Champion this weekend at the Metamora Marching Band Invitational. They competed amongst 14 bands in the A, AA, and AAA classifications. This is the second year in a row that the marching band has taken this honor and the 3rd time in 5 years. The marching band also won first place in class "AA" while being awarded "best winds" and outstanding percussion. Please support the marching band as they compete at the Lincoln-Way Marching Band Invitational on October 13th. These hard-working students deserve it!
*Students involved in other ensembles will receive their performance schedules separately.
Date Time Event Venue
*Wednesday, October 3rd 4:00 p.m ILMEA Senior Auditions Stevenson H.S.
Wednesday, October 10th 6:30 p.m Fall Band Concert Auditorium
*Saturday, November 10th 3:00 p.m ILMEA Senior Festival New Trier
Thursday, December 6th 6:30 p.m Band Holiday Concert Auditorium
*Tuesday, December 11th AM Double Assembly Performance Auditorium
*Friday, January 18th 9:00 a.m Junior High Band Day Auditorium
Concert at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 12th 6:30 p.m. Showcase of Bands Auditorium
*Thursday, April 4th 6:30 p.m Just for the fun of it jazz night Auditorium
Saturday, May 18th 6:15 p.m Pasta & Pops Dinner Concert Contest Gym
*Denotes performances for select students
Other notable events coming soon!!
Justin Johnson is in his 7th year as Director of Bands at Niles West where he conducts the concert band, symphonic band and symphonic wind ensemble. Mr. Johnson also oversees and directs the pep band, marching band, and jazz band in addition to conducting the pit orchestra for the spring musical. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis and has completed additional coursework at Eastern Illinois University. Under the direction of Mr. Johnson, the program has performed and toured many wonderful venues during his short tenure. The wind ensemble performed in the 2016 Music for All Regional Festival at O’fallon High School and received a superior rating from all adjudicators. This marked the first time in many years that the ensemble had performed in an adjudicated festival. The program has also participated in the Disney World Main Street Parade in Orlando, during halftime of The Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and most recently, Pearl Harbor while touring Hawaii. The marching band under his direction has been very successful in recent years. They have won numerous caption awards for percussion, guard, visual, and music. They regularly win first in class and were named the division champion at the Metamora Marching Band Invitational in 2017.
Mr. Johnson comes to Niles West from Tennessee where he was the Director of Bands at Central High School in Memphis for 4 years. Under his direction, the band program received superior ratings at every festival it attended in both the concert and jazz band medium. Mr. Johnson’s jazz bands where amongst the finest in the area. While under his direction, the wind ensemble performed at the State Concert Festival in 2011. He routinely placed over a third of his band in all region honor bands and had several all state students every year. He brings the same expectations to Niles West. Mr. Johnson is a very active educator, serving on staff for a number of nationally recognized ensembles. This past summer marks the 10th year he has been a staff member for the 2016 DCI World Champion Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, which has also earned a silver or bronze medal four out of the past five years. He was also a member of the Bluecoats where he performed on mellophone. Johnson also serves on staff for the US Army All-American Marching Band and has done so from 2013-2015 and again in 2018. He has adjudicated and given clinics for concert ensembles, marching band, indoor drumline, winter guard, and jazz ensembles in Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, New York, Indiana, Michigan, and Georgia. Mr. Johnson was also selected among over 400 applicants as a finalist for the 2016 Golden Apple Award. He received recognition as being named a teacher of distinction. The Golden Apple Award is one of the most prestigious awards offered to teachers in the state of Illinois. He is also an active member of NBA, ILMEA, TMEA, NAfME, and JEN.
The Niles West Band Program’s mission statement is to achieve the highest standards of music education and music performance; facilitate the musical enrichment of the student membership of Niles West and its feeder schools; promote the place and value of music in our community and the significant role music plays in the cultural, intellectual, and social lives of young adults; foster fellowship and goodwill among its members and community; provide its membership with opportunities for personal growth and leadership through performance.
The Niles West Band Program is comprised of three curricular concert ensembles. All incoming freshmen woodwinds and brass are automatically enrolled for Concert Band. Our Symphonic Band is for upperclassmen and auditioned freshmen. This ensemble's main objective is to prepare students for the rigorous literature of the Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble and represents the top musicians in the program. Instrumentation is limited as this is the program's top performance ensemble. The Wind Ensemble performs college level musical literature and many students audition for various honor bands and outside music ensembles.
2018 marks the second year that Jazz Band will be offered as a curricular class. The jazz ensemble has a standard jazz instrumentation and many of the top students in the program participate in this ensemble. All percussion students are enrolled in the Percussion Techniques course which gives them the opportunity to study advanced percussion methodology. Percussionists will perform separately as a percussion ensemble and as members of our three concert ensembles based on their skill levels.
The Niles West Band Program offers a wide variety of ensembles for students. Many colleges offer music scholarships for non-majors as well as scholarships for students interested in studying music. Skills acquired in band can help give students alternatives when seeking funding for higher education. Being involved in our many ensembles is a great place to start.
Do you have questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know!
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