ABOUT THE MHS BAND PROGRAM
The Mukwonago High Band Program has been directed by Emma Angoli since 2014. In this time it has been recognized as a program of excellence through its dedication to artistry in performance.
The concert bands are the heart of the program at Mukwonago. The Wind Ensemble has performed the Wisconsin premiere of a number of works including: “Adventure Tale of Professor Alex” and tJohn Mackey’s “Harvest: Concerto for Trombone”. In 2018, students participated in the commissioning of composer Nathan Daughtrey, giving the World Premiere of "Movers and Shakers" for combined band. choir, and orchestra. Annually, the concert bands are adjudicated at a WSMA Concert Band Festival where they have consistently received high scores.
Members of the jazz program are exposed to a wide range and styles within the genre. Students perform in both big bands and combos, which allows them to develop their skills as both section and solo performers. Improvisation is a core element of the curriculum. The jazz ensembles have competed at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, the Wisconsin Lutheran Jazz Festival, and WSMA District and State Solo and Ensemble.
The marching program consists of two ensembles, the Mukwonago High School Marching Band and Blue2 Indoor Percussion and Winterguard. The marching band competes throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. In 2015 they captured the coveted “Best Percussion” trophy at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships. In 2018 the marching band will travel to Minnesota to compete in the prestigious Youth in Music competition. Blue2 is the companion ensemble to the marching band, training and developing marching technique in percussionists and guard members. Blue2 serves as an ambassador program, performing throughout Mukwonago and southeastern Wisconsin communities.
One of the major goals of the band program is to expose students to excellence through guest artist residencies. In the past four years, students have worked with:
Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, Composer
Dr. Joseph Greer, Principal Trombonist - La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Filippo Salemmi and his masters students from Bevagna, Italy
Dr. Ron Carter, Professor Emeritus - Northern Illinois University
Dr. James Ripley and the Carthage College Music Faculty
Mrs. Mary Buscanics-Jones, Horn Player with the Elgin Symphony
Mr. Adam Fisher, professional musician and teacher (trumpet)
Mr. Nolan Thomas, professional musician and teacher (woodwinds)
Graduates of the Mukwonago High School Band program excel in music post-high school, often receiving scholarships to continue their studies at the university level. Members also regularly compete in the highest levels of marching circuits: Winterguard International and Drum Corps International.