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Band & Orchestra

Welcome to the Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Band and Orchestra webpage! We are excited to welcome you to our big, happy, musical family! The Band and Orchestra program at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School is comprised of five curricular course offerings: Performance Band (601), Honors Performance Band (602), Preparatory Band (605), Orchestra (650/652), and Percussion Ensemble (605FP). Students in each of these courses will be assessed on their musical proficiency through individual, small-group, and large-group evaluation. Members of each of these ensembles perform at a variety of concerts throughout the year that take place outside of the regular school day. If you have questions about how to join any of these courses, please see Dr. Antos (x4095) in room 339 during the school day.
For prospective students and families: please know that our band and orchestra members are enrolled in many different academic courses, extra-curricular activities, and athletics that fall outside the realm of music. Students, you can do all of these things while still participating in our program! Musical instruction educates the whole child, which is a key tenet in our district's vision statement. Let us be involved in creating some of your favorite high school memories!
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CURRENT 8th Graders or Day 1 Freshmen, scan the QR Code below to register for band and/or orchestra! You can also click this link:
Band and Orchestra Calendar, 2023-2024
Concert Scales and Arpeggios:
Fingering Charts:
Preparatory Band Required Listening:
YouTube Links to Recordings:

Sonata pian’e forte (1597), by G. Gabrieli


Mvt. I from Serenade No. 10in Bb Major (1781), by W.A. Mozart


Irish Tune from County Derry (1918), by P. Grainger


Mvt. I from Symphony in Bb(1951), by P. Hindemith


Rondino in Eb Major (1792), by L.v. Beethoven


Mvt. II from Serenade in D Minor (1878), by A. Dvorak


Mvt. I from Serenade in Eb Major (1881), by R. Strauss


Overture in C (1792), by C.S. Catel


Mvt. II from Grande Symphonie: Funebre et Triomphale (1840), by H. Berlioz


Overture for Harmoniemusik (1826), by F. Mendelssohn


The Bells from William Byrd Suite (1923), by G. Jacob


Colonial Song (1911), by P. Grainger


Americans We (1929), by H. Fillmore


Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite (1913), by K. King


Toccata Marziale (1924), by R.V. Williams


Washington Post March (1889), by J.P. Sousa


Mvt. I from First Suite in Eb (1909), by G. Holst


Lincolnshire Posy (1937), by P. Grainger


Hammersmith (1930), by G. Holst


Suite Francaise (1944), by D. Milhaud


Dionysiaques (1913), by F. Schmitt


Theme and Variations, Op. 43a (1943), by A. Schoenberg


Music for Prague: 1968 (1968), by K. Husa


…and the mountains rising nowhere (1977), by J. Schwantner


Buffo from Spiel (1926), by E. Toch

Orchestra 1 Required Listening:

YouTube Links to Recordings:

Mvt. IV from Symphony No. 9 (1824), by L.v. Beethoven


Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894), by C. Debussy


Spring from Four Seasons (1723), by A. Vivaldi


Adagio for Strings (1936), by S. Barber


Mvt. I from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787), by W.A. Mozart


Mvt. I from Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (1721), by J.S. Bach


Mvt. I from Symphony No. 5 (1804-08), by L.v. Beethoven


Peer Gynt (1875), by E. Grieg


Mvt. IV from Symphony No. 9 (1893), by A. Dvorak


Pierrot Lunaire (1912), by A. Schoenberg


A Night on Bald Mountain (1867), by M. Mussorgsky


Mvt. IV, “March to the Scaffold”  from Symphonie Fantastique (1830), by H. Berlioz


Bolero (1928), by M. Ravel


Mvt. IV from Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” (1788), by W.A. Mozart


Peter and the Wolf (1936), by S. Prokofiev


Hallelujah from Messiah (1741), by G.F. Handel


Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (1892), by P.I. Tchaikovsky


The Rite of Spring (1913), by I. Stravinsky


The Beautiful Blue Danube (1866), by J. Strauss II


Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition (1874), by M. Mussorgsky


Requiem and Dies Irae (1791), by W.A. Mozart


Requiem and Dies Irae (1874), by G. Verdi


Mvt. I from Symphony No. 1 (1855-76), by J. Brahms


Mars from The Planets (1914-16), by G. Holst


Carnival of the Animals (1886), by C. Saint-Saëns


Orchestra 2 Required Listening:
YouTube Links to Recordings:

Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah (1877), by C. Saint-Saëns


Canon in D Major (1694), by J. Pachelbel


Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 (1717-23), by J.S. Bach


Meditation from Thaïs (1894), by J. Massenet


Hungarian Dance No. 5 (1869), by J. Brahms


Vocalise, Op. 34 (1912), by S. Rachmaninoff


Candide (1956), by L. Bernstein


Appalachian Spring (1944), by A. Copland


Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897), by P. Dukas


O Fortuna from Carmina Burana (1937), by C. Orff


Danse Macabre (1874), by C. Saint- Saëns


Infernal Dance fromThe Firebird (1910), by I. Stravinsky


Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre (1870), by R. Wagner


1812 Overture (1880), by P.I. Tchaikovsky


Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld (1858), by J. Offenbach


Mvt. IV, “Troika” from Lieutenant Kije (1934), by S. Prokofiev


Sleigh Ride (1948), by L. Anderson


Radetzky March (1848), by J. Strauss


Mvt. I from Pines of Rome (1924), by O. Respighi


Mvt. V from Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor (1901-02), by G. Mahler


Sheherazade (1888), by N. Rimsky-Korsakov


Overture from Barber of Seville (1816), by G. Rossini


Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (1858), by J. Strauss II


Overture from Marriage of Figaro (1786), by W.A. Mozart


Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899), by J. Sibelius