Being in band means many things for students. Although it may seem as though we are simply completing one performance and then preparing for the next, there is a much greater educational agenda being shared every day in the rehearsal room. Learning music, and learning about music, shares beauty with our students, prepares them for their future endeavors beyond EHS, and offers them opportunity for challenge, growth, and achievement.
Five curricular concert bands serve as the core of our program:
- 9th Grade Band
- All 9th grade band students participate in the only grade-based year of band at the high school level.
- Concert and Symphonic Bands
- Evenly balanced bands, consisting of a mix of 10-12th grade band students.
- Wind Ensemble
- Top audition-based band for 10-12th grade band students.
Two curricular marching bands, performing at home football games at the EHS Stadium:
- 9th Grade Marching Band
- All 9th grade band students participate in this marching band to learn the fundamentals of the marching band concept and performing once or twice towards the end of the home football season.
- Varsity Marching Band
- All 10-12th grade band students participate in this marching band, advancing their knowledge of the marching arts and performing at all home football games.
Details for the following co-curricular ensembles can be found on the "Co-Curricular Ensembles" page below:
- 5 Chamber Ensembles
- 3 Jazz Bands
- Musical Pit Orchestra
All EHS Band Students participate in our annual Solo/Ensemble event, an opportunity for them to prepare a solo or small ensemble piece and perform for a clinician for feedback and scoring based on the MSHSL Solo/Ensemble adjudication forms.
Every three years, the EHS Band Program travels to an international destination with the dual intent of performing and casually touring. Past trips have included side-by-side concerts with local school bands, performances at notable locations and monuments, and exploration of tourist sights that have made these trips some of the most memorable experience of many band students. Past destinations have included countries such as France, Greece, China, Puerto Rico, Italy and in March of 2024 we will be traveling to Spain.
The public community has the opportunity to connect with our band program each year through a variety of events. All EHS Band concerts are free and open to the public, and many other band performances – such as athletic events – lend themselves naturally to connecting to community members who might otherwise never see the band program's work on display.
One of the primary community events that the EHS Band Program participates in each year is the Eagan July 4th Funfest Parade. Band members from all grades voluntarily join this performing ensemble to celebrate July 4th with our community.
The EHS Band Program has also performed at various events locally for both private and public entities. Examples of these events include:
Scroll down to find the EHS Band Google Calendar.
|Fall Band Concerts– Food Truck Dinner begins at 5:45pm!
|Pyramid Jazz Concert
|Winter Band Concert – Wind Ensemble
|Carnival Concert – Carnival at 5:30pm, Concert at 7:00pm – Freshmen Bands
|Early Spring Band Concert – Concert & Symphonic Bands
|Spring Jazz Concert
|Showcase Concert – Wind Ensemble
|Freshman Spring Band Concert
|Varsity Spring Concerts & Awards
All concerts are free and open to the public! Details on these performances can be found below.