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Solo & Ensemble Contest

The Solo and Ensemble Contest (SEC) is open to all band levels including Cadets. This annual event is generally held in the latter part of March. The SEC is not a competition between band members. Each soloist or ensemble is judged on their personal performance that day with level of experience taken into consideration. Whether an individual event is open or closed to observers is up to the participant or ensemble members.

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Solo and Ensemble Contest
WHAT IS THE  SEC (Solo and Ensemble Contest)
Our annual Solo and Ensemble Contest is an exciting and much anticipated musical event held on a Saturday, generally in February or March. ALL band members, Cadet through Symphonic, are encouraged to participate in the SEC. Students have the opportunity to prepare solos and/or ensembles of their choice and perform them for a judge who then rates their performance. There is no competition, rather; students strive for their personal best. Judges decisions are final.

    23rd Annual WSHSB Solo and Ensemble Contest
Saturday, March 16, 2024, time 9 - @2:30, arrivals start 8:30
                                             Christ Presbyterian Church
                                         903 E. Nerge Rd., Roselle 60172
                        CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
              Tickets will be available the day of the event in 50 cent increments.
                              Cash or check will be accepted as payment
                         See Rehearsal Notes for concessions information
                                   and Sign-up Genius link for donations.
                            All money received goes to support the band.


           SEC Registration
deadline 1/11/24

Indicate Solo or Ensemble on the registration. If Ensemble is chosen, the form will then allow spaces for all participants’ names, etc.

A confirmation email will be sent for each entry to the main contact on each form.
2024 SEC Online Registration Link (available after 11/30/23)

Required SEC Fees are payable at the front table at band.
Payment by check is preferred.
If you must pay by cash, put each entry in a separate envelope,
clearly labeled as instructed on the form. We cannot make change. 
Only one person should register for an entire ensemble. That one person should collect the ensemble fee from each student (not adults) and turn them in, in one envelope.
Registration deadline is 1/11/24. Fee deadline is 2/16/24


     It is of the utmost importance that participants carefully read
          the SEC Rules
found here  SEC Rules 

      For further information about out what to prepare prior to the SEC
        as well as what to do and expect that day
         including proper conduct and etiquette pointers
                  use this
link → SEC Helpful Tips          

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