The Waukesha North Wind Ensemble meets for the full school year and is the top auditioned ensemble at Waukesha North. This ensemble regularly performs at Carroll University and enjoys collaborating with the Waukesha North Orchestra and Chamber Singers. The Wind Ensemble has made large strides over the last few years to raise the bar on their performance and the ensemble plans to participate in concert band festivals in the near future!
All beginning level and freshman students will enroll in the Concert Band; this is the largest ensemble at Waukesha North High School. Students work on music fundamentals and theory while rehearsing concert repertoire from a wide variety of sources, from classic wind literature to transcriptions, to modern works written specifically for band.
The Waukesha North Jazz Ensemble is a full credit class that offers many performance options for the Waukesha North High School Students. The ensemble is a combination of traditional jazz Big Band and a smaller auditioned Jazz Combo.
The Waukesha North Big Band uses tradition instrumentation filled with Trumpets, Saxes, Trombones and a full rhythm seciton including Drum Set, Piano, Bass and Guitar. This ensemble performs a variety of musical selections from Glenn Miller to Miles Davis. The Waukesha North Big Band has performed for holiday parties, jazz festivals and at the Waukesha County Fair. A smaller version of this band, "Door 19" jazz combo, performed at various events including performances at the Governor's Mansion during Christmas and summer garden events.
Symphonic Winds and Percussion
Symphonic Winds & Percussion is highly recommended to those student musicians who, through audition, demonstrate the desire and ability to perform advanced wind repertoire. First quarter curriculum will include the performing at home football games and possibly parades and competitions as part of the Marching Band. Symphonic Winds & Percussion (SWAP) is an active organization that performs on many occasions throughout the year.
Marching Band provides an opportunity to participate and perform at home football games, parades, and competitions dur-ing the first semester. Non-musician students may audition for color guard. Additional rehearsals/participation is required outside of school time.