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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-727-6705.
Joliet Central High School is proud to offer the following band opportunities for students.
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.
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.