About the Department
Welcome to the website of the Glenbard East High School Music Department! We encourage you to read about our diverse curricular and co-curricular programs, to listen to our concert recordings, and to find out how you might get involved in our program. Music is a flagship pursuit at Glenbard East, and we are proud to show you why our department has remained a point of pride for over 50 years.
The department encompasses both performance-oriented and non-performance courses aimed at encouraging all students to participate in music. The band program includes Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Percussion Class, Jazz Lab Band, and Jazz Ensemble. The string program encompasses Orchestra I, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and several chamber ensembles including Jazz Strings. The choral program offers Treble Chorus, Baritone Chorus, Advanced Treble Chorus, Concert Chorale, Concert Choir, and the extracurricular Madrigal Singers, Eastwind Vocal Ensemble, and Voices of East, a multicultural choir. AP Music Theory is a popular elective choice for upperclassmen. Students with no prior experience can become involved in performing through our beginning-level courses and in Percussion Class. In addition, some students might also choose to explore music in Piano I and II, as well as Guitar I and II.
Glenbard East has been recognized as a GRAMMY® Signature School three times, and has had countless students participate in the IMEA All-District and All-State ensembles. Ensembles from Glenbard East have presented concerts at the Midwest Clinic, the American Choral Directors Association conference, the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, and countless other prestigious venues. Recent tours have included New Orleans, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Nashville, and Italy. A great number of alumni have chosen music as their profession, and are teaching and performing all over the country.
We hope you enjoy exploring our website and come back to visit us often!