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This is the Music Resources page.

This page contains links to a variety of resources. Here you will find a link to past WSHSB concerts, plus websites, documents or videos meant to help you better understand and improve the playing of, your specific instrument.    To download a chart, please right click on the file, and then click "Save Target As" and save to your hard disk.

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WSHSB Patriot Marching Band

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

WSHSB Winter Concert

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

Marching trimester is voluntary and open to current WSHSB members and NON-members. This includes experienced musicians who are welcome to join us for the summer marching trimester. For more details see our Summer Marching page.

WSHSB Spring Concert

Our second concert of the year is generally held mid to late May. Come hear our Junior, Senior, and Symphonic bands separately and combined.

West Suburban Home School 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

WSHSB Member's News

Member's News has the link to the weekly Rehearsal Notes PDF and for quick reference, Important Dates and Deadlines and the Sectional Chart are included. Download  the weekly Rehearsal Notes for the week's practice assignments and more.



To join the WSHSB a student must be home schooled. Those interested in joining the WSHSB, at any level but Cadet, must submit an audition video. Recommended minimum age for any level is nine. There are four skill levels to consider...more

Music Resources

Link to past WSHSB concert performances


Cadets should always practice with the available recordings which help the student HEAR if they are playing the notes correctly.


Take above link to a document that explains how to access Essential Elements "My EE Library" and Essential Elements Interactive (abbreviated as EEi).


Aids to Help You Improve
The above link will take you to a document containing various links to videos and sites  for a variety of instruments, meant to help you better understand, and improve the playing of your specific instrument.


On Music Multimedia Music Dictionary
This dictionary is a good general reference tool for all band members.
Transposition Chart for all instruments
Fingering chart for Eb tuba available on page 16
Tuba Unisonal Scales



The following group of 10 valuable trumpet lessons is from the US Army Field Band on YouTube.
Trumpet Lesson #1 - Air and Embouchure
Trumpet Lesson #2 - Articulation
Trumpet Lesson #3 - Starting a Beginner Student
Trumpet Lesson #4 - Range and Endurance
Trumpet Lesson #5 - Warm Up
Trumpet Lesson #6 - Warm Down
Trumpet Lesson #7 - Equipment
Trumpet Lesson #8 - Daily Routine
Trumpet Lesson #9 - How To Practice
Trumpet Lesson #10 - Your Sound and Audition Techniques
Trumpet - why you should use the 3rd valve slide - YouTube
Any trumpet player who has been playing at least a year should get in the habit of using their third slide to fine tune notes. Certain notes like low D and C# are really out of tune. You have to adjust them with the 3rd slide as you play. Unless a student is taking lessons, they’re probably not going to know about this and beginning books don't seem to mention it. This video can help.

Raphael Mendez - very nice brief explanation of scales, excellent practice tips and developing breathing skills. Four installments.....all stunning.



Marching Cadences

Vic Firth 40 Essential Drum Rudiments
Vic Firth WebRhythms by  Norm Weinberg a series of 12 short articles designed to teach rhythmic reading.
The following group of 10 valuable percussion lessons is from the US Army Field Band. These YouTube videos feature very professional soldiers playing their percussion instruments. Notice how seriously they take their job.
Snare Drum Lesson #1
Triangle Lesson #1
Bass Drum Lesson  Video addresses how and when to muffle. Watch how he just flings a thick, double folded towel over the drum.
Vibraphone and Bells Lesson
Marimba, Xylophone, Chimes Lesson
Snare Drum Lesson #2
Tympani Lesson
Triangle and Tambourine Lesson #2
Snare Drum Lesson #3
Cymbals Lesson REALLY excellent visuals on technique.


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