Illiana has several bands. Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble both meet as classes during the school day. Pep Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Drum Line and Flag Corps are clubs or extra-curricular groups.
Symphonic Band is open to an unlimited number of students who have reached a certain level of proficiency on their instrument. The band performs original works for band, sacred music, and orchestral transcriptions. Students in this band also work out of band method books to improve their playing skills on their instrument and their knowledge of music theory. In the spring the Symphonic Band combines with the Wind Ensemble to form the Marching Band, which marches in two or three, parades a year.
Wind Ensemble is Illiana Christian’s most advanced band. This is a select ensemble limited to 54 members. Students attend one after school sectional per week as part of the class requirement. The group performs mostly advanced wind band literature and sacred music, however, in the spring the band will perform a pops concert including Broadway show tunes, movie themes, etc. The band also participates in IHSA Concert Festivals and other various concert band competitions throughout the country. In the spring, the Wind Ensemble combines with the Symphonic Band to form the Marching Band, which marches in two or three parades a year.
Pep Band is based on voluntary membership of anyone enrolled in the Instrumental Music Program at Illiana. It meets during the second quarter using club periods for rehearsals and as needed after that time.
Jazz Band is an instrumental ensemble using Big Band instrumentation. The Jazz Band students study and rehearse literature from the “Big Band Swing Era” up through present day Jazz, Rock and popular music. The group rehearses after school two days a week and performs several times a year. Jazz Band membership is by audition only. Students must be enrolled in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band to audition.
The “Marching Vikings” are comprised of the combined Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Flag Corps, Rifle Squad, and Color Guard. It boasts a membership of 130 strong and marches in local parades as well as traveling to other parades in the spring, e.g. Holland, MI, Tulip Time and Pella, IA, Tulip Festival, etc.
The drum line is made up percussionists from Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. They meet during club periods from the end of February until May. They must learn parts to the musical numbers and marching cadences played when players are resting.
The Flag Corps is a drill squad that performs precision routines with the Marching Band. Practice clinics followed by auditions begin third quarter and rehearsals continue through parades in May. Practices are during club period twice each week.