Huntley 158 Today: Ballet Helps HHS Band Reach Top Honors

Today we speak with Phil Carter, Huntley High School band director, and three students from the school’s award-winning bands.

In 2016, the Marching Red Raiders took top visual honors at statewide competition. In addition, concert bands and ensembles have performed at a number of competitions, and students have received a host of top honors.

Band Concert March 21

  • 7:00 p.m.: Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Concert Band.
  • 8:00 p.m.: Concert will feature our Wind Ensemble A and Wind Ensemble B.

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After taking the helm of the band, Carter says he researched what types of preparation the top bands in the country undertake. While skeptical at first, band members now credit much of this unorthodox preparation, including dance and ballet practice, with catapulting them into the top level of bands in the state.

Students have worked with several clinicians in preparation of their upcoming performance March 21, including a Concert Band Camp with Dr. Milt Allen formerly of Ohio State University and Dr. Gavin Smith of Illinois State University.

Hear more about the students’ experiences at HHS as well as their future plans in music in the video:

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