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About Our Program

The Joliet Central High School Band holds a tradition like none other.  Established in 1912, the Joliet Township Band (later the Joliet Central Band) established the model for high school band programs nationwide.  In over 100 years, the Joliet Central Band program has had only five directors: A.R. McAllister, Bruce Houseknecht, Ted Lega, Mike Fiske, and currently, Don Stinson.  The Tradition of Musical Excellence stems from the countless number of students that have gone through the Joliet band program.  

For more information, contact Mr. Don Stinson, Director of Bands, at dstinson@jths.org or 815-727-6705.

Course Offerings

Joliet Central High School is proud to offer the following band opportunities for students.

Concert Band
The Joliet Central concert band is a non-auditioned ensemble for all band instruments.  Students do not need to pass an audition or play a placement exam to participate in the concert band.  Concert band focuses on intermediate technical and musical skill development for both the individual and the ensemble.  Students in concert band will perform in at least three concerts per year.  Symphonic band students may participate in concert band on their primary or secondary instrument with instructor approval. All members of the Joliet Central program are a part of the Marching Steelmen and Pep Band.

Symphonic Band
The Joliet Central Symphonic Band is the premiere band ensemble at Joliet Central High School.  Accolades for the Symphonic Band span over century.  Students must pass an audition or placement exam, or have recommendation from the director in order to participate in Symphonic Band.  Symphonic Band focuses on intermediate to advanced technical and musical skill development for both the individual and the ensemble through intermediate to advanced wind literature. The Symphonic Band performs annual concerts at Joliet Central, and travels to festivals and contests.  All members of the Joliet Central program are a part of the Marching Steelmen and Pep Band.

The Marching Steelmen
The Joliet Central Marching Band, or the Marching Steelmen, is comprised of every member of the Concert and Symphonic Band.  The Marching Steelmen provides opportunities for leadership, creation, and performance.  Performances include all home football games and select parades.  The Marching Steelmen help to create an atmosphere of excitement and school spirit at local events, while supplying students with the opportunity to develop authentic leadership skills and enhance their performance ability.

Big Band (Jazz Band)
The Joliet Central Big Band is a volunteer/auditioned ensemble comprised of standard big band/jazz instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, guitar, bass).  Students study and perform jazz literature from multiple time periods and genres, and perform at local events, concerts, and special performances such as the annual Big Band Dinner Dance.

Pep Band
The Joliet Central Pep band is comprised of every member of the Concert and Symphonic Band.  The Pep Band provides leadership and performance opportunities.  Performances include all home basketball games and select community events.  The Pep Band is a key player in all home basketball events.

Other Opportunities
The Joliet Central Band Program offers many other musical opportunities, including participation in solo and ensemble contest and chamber ensembles.

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