Overview

The Band Department at Naperville Central High School is under the direction of Director D.J. Alstadt and Associate Director Brandon Estes.

There are four curricular bands: Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Also offered are Music Appreciation: Bach to Rock, and AP Music Theory classes.In addition, Naperville Central has an extensive extra-curricular program consisting of marching band (Marching Redhawks), pep band, Jazz Studio Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab, several combos, chamber ensembles (quintets and ensembles), and Steel Pan bands.Naperville Central’s Band Program truly has “something for everyone!”

As one of the few areas remaining in which the imaginative, creative approach to self-expression is fostered, the fine arts – especially music – have an important role to play in the education of our students. The focus of the NCHS music program is performance – the making of music – although the emphasis on performance is not necessarily to be translated as public performance only.

Performance occurs in the classroom as well as in a staged setting. A performance philosophy means that we, as music educators, feel that a student learns most about music while handling its materials. The ability to effectively communicate a musical expression, musical picture or musical sensation to a listener’s ear is the goal of musical performance.