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WELCOME TO THE EHS BAND PROGRAM
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The focus of our program is on comprehensive musicianship – the development of musical perception, aesthetic sensitivity, and technical mastery. Parents, families, friends and the community are given the opportunity to see this on display through our performances at concerts and various school events. There are other social enrichment by-products and the development of priceless life skills learned by all our band members, but these are in addition to the foundation of our band's number one priority - music education.


We cannot, and do not, take for granted what "being in band" means to our students. Although it might seem we are completing one performance and then preparing for the next, there is a much greater educational agenda being shared every day in our rehearsal room. Learning music is preparing our students to be successful in life.
 
The Eagan High School Band Program is comprised of three band directors and over 300 EHS students, providing a wide variety of instrumental opportunities. As a whole, the band program routinely performs at over 50 events each year, including band concerts, athletic events, theater productions, and school pep fests. The band program is supported in a variety of ways by our Band Boosters (information below), and is proud to be a part of the widely recognized band programs of the greater ISD 196 community. 

 

Ensembles

Concert Bands

We operate five curricular concert bands that 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 who are not in Wind Ensemble.
  • Wind Ensemble
    • Top audition-based band for 10-12th grade band students.

Marching Bands

We operate 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, learning 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.

Co-Curricular Ensembles

Details for the following co-curricular ensembles can be found on the "Co-Curricular Ensembles" page below:

  • 3 Jazz Bands
  • 5 Chamber Ensembles
  • Musical Pit Orchestra
  • Winter Drumline

Solo/Ensemble

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.

International Tours

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, and Puerto Rico, and in 2022 we will be traveling to Italy to see Rome and Amalfi Coast.

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EHS Band Greece

 

Community Engagement

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 big 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:

  • City of Eagan "State of the City" speech for the mayor
  • Delta all-company luncheon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO introduction
  • Eagan Outlet Mall grand opening
  • Commons on Marice, Eagan Pointe Senior Living, Clare Bridge, and other senior living/nursing home facilities

Accomplishments

  • EHS is a Grammy Signature School for music (national award).
  • EHS bands received the 2001 “What’s Cool in Your School” Award by MENC (national award)
  • EHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1, and Winter Drumline have all performed for the MMEA State Music Convention on multiple occasions. This honor is by audition only.

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EHS Band Concerts

Scroll down to find the EHS Band Google Calendar.

Concert/Event Date Time
Pops Concert – Potluck Dinner begins at 6:00pm! TBD 7:30pm
Holiday Jazz Concert TBD 7:00pm
Winter Winds Band Concert – Wind Ensemble TBD 7:00pm
Carnival Concert – Carnival at 5:30pm, Concert at 7:00pm – Freshmen Bands TBD 7:00pm
Eagan Band Festival – Wind Ensemble TBD TBD
Late-Winter Band Concert – Concert & Symphonic Bands TBD 7:00pm
Spring Jazz Concert TBD 7:00pm
Showcase Concert – Wind Ensemble TBD 7:00pm
Spring Band Concerts – 9th grade at 6:00pm, 10-12th at 7:30pm TBD 6:00pm

All concerts are free and open to the public! Details on these performances can be found below.

Looking for more details about Band Concerts?

EHS Band Calendar