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West Suburban Home School Band
2011, 10th Anniversary Spring Concert
Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, IL
Combined Concert Bands – Concert Junior, Concert Senior, and Symphonic

The West Suburban Home School Band (WSHSB), also known as The Patriots (for summer marching) was founded in the fall of 2001 to provide an opportunity for home schoolers to have an excellent multi-level band experience. Following the model of a community band, it includes all wind instruments, woodwinds and brass, as well as a full percussion section. There are two concert trimesters during the school year, followed by the summer marching trimester.

Membership has grown from 46 students/26 families in 2001, to over 200 members and almost 100 families in 2012-2013. Students range in age from 9 to 19. There are four band levels to accommodate those with no musical training whatsoever to those with advanced experience and abilities. The levels are Cadet, Concert Junior, Concert Senior and Symphonic. Experienced parents are welcome to participate and beginner parents are also accepted. Auditions are mandatory for all but Cadets, our beginners' level.

During the summer marching trimester, The Patriots Marching Band performs in parades and other venues after participating in a preliminary practice and a week of marching camp. Participation in the marching band trimester, while encouraged, is voluntary and is open to current WSHSB members and non-members alike. The marching band helps to round out the musical experience and discipline for the students. Non-musician siblings or friends, complete the guard unit. The Little Patriots marching corps is for younger siblings of band members who march behind the band. This experience helps introduce them to what marching band is like.

For more information, please check our web pages or email Director.

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