The Patriots

Summer Marching Page...

When marching the WSHSB is known as "The Patriots"

The marching trimester is voluntary. It is open to current WSHSB members and non-members alike. We need both musicians and non-musicians. Experienced musicians, thinking about joining the band in the fall, may participate in the summer marching trimester, before they submit an audition video.

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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






For those not currently WSHSB members
Summer Marching Commitment

Preliminary Marching Practices at Resurrection Church
Marching Camps
Registration, Rentals, Fees and More
Dress Code for ALL

Marching Commands, Etc.
What about bad weather?
Parade Dates, Etc.

Marching Trimester
For marching, the WSHSB is also known as “The Patriots”. The marching trimester is voluntary and open to current WSHSB members and non-members alike, to both musicians and non-musicians. Experienced musicians, whether or not they are thinking about joining the band in fall, may participate in the summer marching trimester.

Thinking about Marching?

As soon as a prospective member considers joining, they should contact the director. She will call prospective members at her earliest convenience. Include name and phone, the best time to call, the  student’s name, age and years of musical experience on each instrument. Requirements for musicians and non-musicians follow.

Experienced, home-schooled musicians, elementary through high school age, are eligible to march with the WSHSB. Participants must have at least one school year of instruction on their instrument and be at a one-year proficiency level as judged by the director. Demonstration of proficiency may be required for those brand new to the band. Well-disciplined and similarly experienced, non-home-schooled students as well as adult musicians are also encouraged and welcome to join.


The Patriot Auxiliary is for non-musicians. All adults who march in the parade(s), Little Patriots and student guards, all wear the Dress Code black and white as well as the marching hat. The Patriot Auxiliary includes –
      1. Adults willing to help with the marching band as needed. Jobs descriptions and the sign-up link can
          be found on the WSHSB Booster web page.  
      2. Little Patriots – Younger siblings of marchers who march behind the band. Little Patriots is
          separate and NOT part of the Guard Unit.
      3. Non-musician students interested in trying out for the very limited number of guard unit (GU)
should indicate such on the ONLINE registration form.

          Read more below under the Pre-Camp details for NEWCOMERS.

NOTE: If someone has a conflict with points below, they will need to talk to Mrs. Borow who will handle conflicts on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT DISCUSS THIS WITH HER ON A BAND NIGHT.
      1. If a student wants to march in parades, football performances, etc.,
you MUST come to camp,
That means any Pre-Camp day(s) that apply and the entire week of Full Marching Camp
          where patricipants learn/review their own skills, and assist with new member development for the
If a student can't make camp they may not march or perform at games.
          Camp is where marching music for the entire marching season is finalized and distributed.
          It’s very difficult to distribute music after the fact, especially for additional performances.
          It doesn’t mean you are doing every performance but at least you have the music.

      2. All marching musicians are expected to participate in the preliminary marching practice on
          May 23. Drumline has an additional practice on May 30.
     3. All participants must march a minimum of 2 parades. See the VERY IMPORTANT message
          after these points.

      5. Adults are welcome and encouraged to attend Marching Camp if their schedule allows for it.

- If participants are unsure or anticipate the possibility that they may need to cancel on a parade date(s), it is better not to sign-up for any questionable dates. Rather, if participants become available for a parade, call Mrs. Borow the week before the parade and she will let you know if she can fit you in the block. Fitting someone in is far more preferable than dealing with a cancellation and having a hole in the block



                           REMINDER FOR CURRENT BAND MEMBERS
Current band members who play wind instruments, with the exception of double reeds, are expected to play their wind instrument for marching. This applies even to newly graduated Cadets regardless of age or ability.
You may not opt for the guard unit. Double reed players may participate as percussionists. The director will make all decisions regarding instrument and section needs in the marching band.



May 23, 2024 - Drumline practice, Return of Concert band music and equipment, Marching Music and Hat Distribution, Preliminary Marching Practice
Location – Resurrection Church, Wayne, NW corner of Route 59 & Army Trail Road
Times - 5:00 pm - current percussion drumline practice
             6:00 pm - current members to do returns, etc.
             7:15/7:30 pm - arrival time for new marching members
             7:30 – 8:15 pm time approximate  - Preliminary marching kick-off and music practice. All
                    marchers need to bring their instrument, lyre and flip-folder, loaded with their marching music.
              8:15 – 8:30 pm time approximate - Corpus Christi rehearsal, participants,
bring instrument, lyre
                                                                                                                                    and loaded flip-folder
             8:30 – 9:00 pm time approximate - Rehearsal with all those playing for either football game.
                                                                                               Bring instrument, lyre and flip-folder

Note to new marchers - You should not just "show-up" to practice on May, 23, 2024. We need to be prepared with your music and hat. You should have contacted the director prior to that day. An ONLINE Marching Season Registration form should have been submitted by May 16 with any required Rental form w/fee mailed to arrive by May 23. Let the director know if you miss the deadline.

May 30, 2024 – THURSDAY - 6 to 7pm marching drumline practice


Eat Protein Before Marching Camp:
Be sure to eat, especially some protein, before coming to camp

Musicians should always bring instruments to Pre-Camp and Full Camp unless instructed otherwise. It will depend on overall time as to whether we'll play or not. But do bring them. With their instrument
, musicians also need  a lyre and flip-folder and all distributed music, reduced as necessary.

ALL participants should bring a water bottle, a hat for sun protection, sunscreen and a poncho in case of rain. We will still march outside in a light drizzle.

Optional: bring balls, gloves, Frisbees, etc. for break-time at camp.
allowed such as skateboards or roller blades, etc.

Prompt Pick-up Please
Please be on time to pick-up your students at the respective day's end time. Be considerate of the director's time, as she must wait until all students are picked-up.


All Pre-Camp days
and Full Camp are at
DuPage County Fair Grounds,
                                                      2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton, Illinois
          Enter off Manchester, via Gate S7, SE corner of Fair Grounds                                        


NOTICE: No one may leave ANY camp day/session (Pre-camp or Full Camp)
                early without the prior knowledge and permission of the director.

Pre-Camp Days June 12, 13, 14 - 9am to 12pm each day,
Pre-Camp days are for the following people:
June 12 - Wednesday - 
NEWCOMERS This Pre-Camp, 9am to 12pm, will provide the groups specified below with a very basic introduction to WSHSB marching and will prepare them for the Full Marching Camp.
         • Any student or adult new to WSHSB Marching Band
Current Cadets, Junior, Senior and Symphonic members (wind or percussion) completing their
           first year with the WSHSB and wishing to join us for marching this summer.

Other students who've completed at least one (1) year of prior wind or percussion instruction
           elsewhere, but want to join WSHSB marching band this summer.

         • Non-musician students wishing to try out for the very limited number of guard unit (GU) positions:
              Students will be led through a basic drill sequence and will be selected based on their
              ability to carry out WSHSB marching commands correctly, their overall marching accuracy and
              formality of their style.
Final GU choices will be announced for each parade. If there are more GU
              candidates than open spots, they will march behind the last rank of musician marchers.
              (Decisions about which non-musician students will have the privilege of marching in front of the
              band will not be made until after Full Marching Camp.)

Students who want to review their basic marching skills.
         • Adult helpers who would like a basic primer on WSHSB marching style.

June 13 - Thursday

All current and NEW marching percussionists
This special Pre-Camp, 9am to 12pm, is mandatory for all percussionists who wish to be part of the WSHSB drumline this summer. Due to the additional responsibilities percussionists have in carrying equipment and continuously playing a cadence during parades, marching style and technique can slip. This Pre-Camp day will be dedicated to the review, drill and improvement of basic marching skills for percussionists. The objective will be to improve the overall marching style of the drumline. Individual and rank form will be targeted, reviewed and improved. Neither cadences nor equipment, other than drum sticks, will be used on this Pre-Camp day. Cadences and marching with equipment will be practiced during the regular week of FULL Marching Camp, June 17 to 21, as the drumline continues to improve their performance and support the band.

June 14 - F

Director will approve rank leaders. If you are currently in Senior or Symphonic band and are interested in being a rank leader for camp and/or parades, you must attend this Pre-Camp day, 9am to 12pm. Attendance on this day WILL NOT GUARANTEE your role as a rank leader in Marching Camp or at parades. You will review and drill basic marching skills, stationary and marching commands and special skills necessary for rank leaders. The director will decide and assign rank leaders based on multiple criteria including: actual marching ability, leadership skills and Marching Camp attendance as well as prior AND current parade commitments.


June 17 - 21 - Monday through Friday - 9am to 12pm each day


MARCHING HATS - Every marcher, student and adult, wears a hat supplied by the WSHSB. While there is no fee for summer marching, there is a $20 fine for non-returned hats. Laundered and fully dried hats must be returned, or the $20 fine paid, at the September Overview and Orientation meeting. Non-WSHSB members may simply return their unwashed hat at their last parade.

Registrations needed from ALL Current Members
We need a separate 2024 ONLINE  Marching Season Registration, for every current band member, marching or not. If a member is not marching, there are only a few things to complete on the first page and then skip through to Summer Instrument Rental where a Y or N is required. "Submit" button is last. Having this information will be most helpful in planning. It saves time and keeps double-checking to a minimum. Non-answers are not helpful.


         Completed ONLINE Marching Season Registrations, which include parent Booster hours,                                                               are what we use to distribute music.                               
        If you expect to get music you must SUBMIT a completed ONLINE registration form.

CURRENT members, Registration deadline is April 25, 2024.

THOSE NEW TO WSHSB, Registration deadline is May 16, 2024. Contact the director, as soon as possible and she will email you the link to the ONLINE Marching Season Registration. Bring your instrument, lyre and flip-folder to the preliminary marching practice on May 23, 2024


RENTALS – ALL students and adults renting instruments from the band must complete a WSHSB Instrument Rental Agreement (fillable PDF) found on Forms/Documents.

                          Make any rental check payable to “West Suburban Home School Band
                No rental check(s) will be accepted without the completed form and vice-versa.

Current members - mail rental form w/fee (or turn-in at band) by their deadline, 4/25.

New people - mail rental form w/fee to arrive by 5/23 or bring to preliminary marching practice on 5/23.

BOOSTERS - The WSHSB has a required volunteer system. For the marching trimester, one parent from every family is required to 1. Sign-up for at least 2 Booster positions/slots for the marching trimester in which their student(s) is/are participating AND 2. Indicate that information on the ONLINE Marching Season Registration form. For volunteer job descriptions and the link to the WSHSB job sign-up site, see our Booster webpage.

job sign-up is mandatory. Simply filling in a job on the ONLINE Marching Season Registration form does not fulfill the BOOSTER Volunteer sign-up requirement. Jobs are first come first served. Jobs remain open until online sign-up is completed.
You must do BOTH point A and B

        A. Enter your name on the WSHSB Online Sign-up Schedule for the job(s)
you are committing to do.
        B. On the ONLINE Marching Season Registration there is a Volunteer Commitment page where you
             will need to enter the job(s), time, date
and position(s) for which you volunteered.

RETURNING BAND PROPERTY - Cummerbunds are distributed prior to and returned after every parade. Percussion equipment, marching music and laundered and fully dried hats are to be returned at the Overview and Orientation meeting in mid-September. Other arrangements will be made for those not returning to band in the fall.

For Marching Camp
There are to be no short-shorts. Shorts need to be Bermuda-like shorts (nothing shorter). No leggings, no tank tops, no spaghetti straps shirts and no low-cut, skimpy or tight-fitting tops worn to camp. There should be no bare midriffs or shoulders. Everyone must wear good shoes that cover and support your feet,
no sandals or flip-flops.

Marching Dress Code for Parades/Events
The WSHSB Dress Code applies to ALL who march with the WSHSB, students and adults; band members, Patriot Auxiliary, Little Patriots, Guard Unit, etc.
ATTENTION: You may not be allowed to march if you are found in violation of the dress code.

(WSHSB has pants available for lending, if needed. Please contact director.)
Click here for complete WSHSB Dress Codes including for Camp days and Parades/Performances.

Click here for the Marching Commands - Detailed Chart. The Detailed Chart spells out all the Stationary and Moving Commands for marching including details on what and how to move.

Click here for the Marching Commands - Summary. The Summary is a condensed version of the chart above with only the commands, whistles and verbal responses.

Click here for A Guide for Marching -  The Subtleties of Being in a WSHSB Rank

Click here for the document Navigating Successful Turns - Document has comments from the director and includes a link to a short, 36 sec YouTube illustrating correct and incorrect turns.

Weather is beyond the control of the director.

If you are uncomfortable with the arrangements described below it would be better to keep your child home that day or pick them up early from the fairgrounds (in the case of marching camp).

At marching camp we are limited to basic shelter from rain. In that sheltered space there is ample room to continue with that day's marching practice, which can still be productive.

For parades, the director will always be present at each parade for those who decide to attend. If rain is predicted, those marching should bring a clear poncho. Inexpensive ones can be purchased at places like Target or Wal-Mart.

Ultimately, you the parent are responsible and must decide whether or not your child attends marching camp that day or participates in a parade if weather is threatening or predicted as such.

Dates below are for the WSHSB Patriots' 2024 Summer Marching trimester.
      2024 PARADES and Crossroads Football Game Performances
Geneva Swedish Days, June 23, 2024,
Sunday afternoon in Geneva

Arrive no later than noon. Step-off 1pm.
2024 Geneva Swedish Days Parade Instructions
2024 Swedish Days Drop-Off and Staging Map
2024 Swedish Day Parade Route w/toilet locations

Warrenville Independence Eve Parade, Wednesday, July 3, 2024,
Sunday evening in Warrenville

Arrive no later than 5pm.  Step-off 6pm

2024 Warrenville Parade Instructions
2024 Warrenville Staging
Warrenville Parade Route

Streamwood Summer Celebration, Saturday, July 27, 2024,
Saturday morning in Streamwood

Arrive no later than 9:30am - Step-off 10:30 am

2024 Streamwood Parade Instructions
2024 Streamwood Parade Map

Elk Grove Village Hometown Parade, Saturday, September 21, 2024,
Saturday afternoon in Elk Grove Village

Arrive no later than 1:00pm - Step-off 2:00pm

The following will be updated for 2024 once we receive the new information
. Song order is the same for all parades - see Swedish Days.

Elk Grove Village Parade Route & Parking Map
2023 Elk Grove Village Parade Instructions
CROSSROADS FOOTBALL HOME GAMES open only to those who have participated in marching band camp and at least two parades.
September 28 -
Saturday, 2pm, Aurora Central Catholic High School
                                                          1225 N. Edgelawn Drive; Aurora, IL  60506
                          Meet in parking lot at 1pm for rehearsal

ctober 12 -
Saturday, 2pm, Aurora Central Catholic High School
                                                          1225 N. Edgelawn Drive; Aurora, IL  60506
                          Meet in parking lot at 1pm for rehearsal



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