At the conclusion of the marching band season, Symphonic Winds begins for all CHS band students. The Carterville High School Symphonic Winds performs music of the highest quality stressing fundamentals of tone production, musicianship, theory, and interpretation of various styles. Students are eligible and encouraged to audition for the Illinois Music Educators (ILMEA) District and State level festivals, Heartland Honor Band, River-to-River Conference band, and participate in Madrigal Brass, as well as the pit orchestra for the high school’s musical production.
All students in Symphonic Winds are encouraged to participate in IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest. IHSA Organizational Contest is required along with numerous concerts throughout the semester. Students are tested regularly on all major and minor scales, etudes, and selected excerpts from the band’s repertoire. The band also places a strong emphasis on sight-reading.
In addition to its curricular performances, the CHS Symphonic Winds tours both of the elementary schools of CUSD #5. They also perform at community events and national/state concert band invitational contests.