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Solo & Ensemble Contest

The Solo and Ensemble Contest (SEC) is open to all band levels including Cadets. This annual event is generally held in the latter part of March. The SEC is not a competition between band members. Each soloist or ensemble is judged on their personal performance that day with level of experience taken into consideration. Whether an individual event is open or closed to observers is up to the participant or ensemble members.

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For marching, the WSHSB is also known as "The Patriots." Patriots attend marching camp in June and average five parades in the summer.

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With two concerts per year, our winter concert is usually held at the end of January. Concerts are FREE admission with open seating. Check our Music Resource page to listen to past concerts.

WSHSB Patriot Marching Band

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The West Suburban Home School Band, or WSHSB in short, follows the model of a community band and includes all wind instruments, woodwinds and brass, as well as a full percussion section. There are no stringed instruments ...more

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Solo and Ensemble Contest
WHAT IS THE  SEC (Solo and Ensemble Contest)
Our annual Solo and Ensemble Contest is an exciting and much anticipated musical event held on a Saturday, generally in February or March. ALL band members, Cadet through Symphonic, are encouraged to participate in the SEC. Students have the opportunity to prepare solos and/or ensembles of their choice and perform them for a judge who then rates their performance. There is no competition, rather; students strive for their personal best. Judges decisions are final.

    17th Annual WSHSB Solo and Ensemble Contest
Saturday, March 3, 2018, time 9 - @4, arrivals start 8:30
                                             Village Church of Bartlett
                                       601 West Bartlett Rd.
, Bartlett, IL
                                         NOTE: Drum sets must be set-up
                 on Friday between 9am and 4pm or before 8:30am on Saturday

                        CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
                 Have cash or checks that day to purchase concession tickets.
                         See Rehearsal Notes for concessions available.
                            All money received goes to support the band.

                 SEC Statement of Intention time begins November 16, 2017
                               SEC Registration time begins January 4. 2018
                     Registration Deadline is February 1, 2018
            Please note there are separate registration forms for Wood/Brass and Percussion    
                          Click here for the Wood/Brass Solo Form
                           Click here for the Wood/Brass Ensemble Form                       
                           Click here for the Percussion Solo Form

                           Click here for the Percussion Ensemble Form

                It is of the utmost importance that participants carefully read
                           the SEC Rules
found here  SEC Rules 

             For further information about out what to prepare prior to the SEC
                            as well as what to do and expect that day
                        including proper conduct and etiquette pointers
                               use this
link → SEC Helpful Tips               

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