About Essex Bands
Excellence as a lifestyle
The Essex Westford School District band program offers a comprehensive 4th-12th grade musical experience. Each year the program supports over 450+ students with concert band based curriculum. Essex High School features 2 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, lessons for all students, and cheering on the Hornets, the SWARM!, our EHS pep band.
EHS bands are committed to personal student growth through musical performance. We engage the entire Essex community through numerous service opportunities and performances throughout the school year, such as marching in the Memorial Day Parade and hosting our annual Swing Away the Winter Blues Dinner & Dance.
Band and jazz band are important parts of curriculum because they represent such American values as "teamwork, unity with ethnic diversity, the correlation of hard work and goal accomplishment, perseverance, democracy, and the vital importance of really listening to one another" (Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz).
Here are listings of our ensembles:
Symphonic Band is open to all students at EHS. Most freshmen band students enroll in Symphonic Band. This band provides a wealth of opportunities for students to continue developing the fundamentals of musicianship in a positive and supportive setting. This band takes occasional field trips and participates in band social events like trips to Jay Peak, Movie Nights and more! Symphonic band meets during the school day, every other day for one block.
If you haven't been in band before but would like to join contact Mrs. Trutor.
Wind Ensemble is open to students by audition and provides an advanced experience that builds on the foundation developed through the middle school band and Symphonic Band experience. This ensemble regularly works with guest artists and has commissioned new music for a world premiere performance. Wind Ensemble members frequently serve as mentors to Symphonic Band and middle school students.
This band regularly performs at the VMEA festival, goes on a local tour, and various other trips. The Wind Ensemble students are the backbone of our excellent pep band and marching band. Wind Ensemble meets during the school day, every other day for one block.
Essex Jazz Orchestra
The busiest jazz band in Vermont, the EJO is EHS' advanced jazz ensemble. Auditions for the group take place spring semester. The EJO performs annually for the Vermont Association for Jazz Education (VTAJE) Jazz Festival, the Discover Jazz Festival, regularly gets asked to play gigs in the community, and headlines the Essex Jazz Festival with a well respected guest artist. This ensemble has won the UMASS Jazz Festival & Competition and was selected to perform for the evening concert, opening for famed saxophonist, Kenny Garrett.
The EJO meets Monday and Friday mornings before school.
Essex Jazz Junction
The EJJ is open to all students and instruments within the band and orchestra program. Guitar and bass players are welcome too! No prior jazz or improvisation experience is necessary to join this group. The EJJ performs regularly with the EJO at the Vermont Association for Jazz Education (VTAJE) Jazz Festival, the Discover Jazz Festival and the Essex Jazz Festival. This group is a great way to get excited about jazz!
EJJ meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school.
Loud and proud! The SWARM bring the noise and spirit to the stands for the Hornets. The envy of rival teams, fans, principals and athletic directors alike, the SWARM knows how to get the stands rockin'! You can see the SWARM at select Hornet games. Students within the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble make up the SWARM. Be sure to join and cheer our Hornets to victory!
The Essex Drumline is our newest addition the the Essex Bands lineup. This student driven and led drumline rehearses throughout the school year performing with the bands.