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High School Instrumental Music

The Walther Bands take pride in a long history of excellence. Holding true to Martin Luther’s conviction that music is a treasure from God, Walther has a place for instrumentalists of all ability levels, so that everyone can develop and share in this gift.

The Walther Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group of instrumentalists who rehearse and perform the best literature available for the modern concert band. The Wind Ensemble meets daily and plays several concerts per year and provides entertainment at football and basketball games. Every other year, the Wind Ensemble tours a region of the country in March. Places traveled include Florida, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

The Walther Concert Band is a place for bother beginning students who have never before played an instrumet and intermediate students who are refining their technique. Through weekly private lessons from the music department staff and daily practice and rehearsal, many concert band students go on to join the Wind Ensemble for their remaining years at Walther within only a year of playing their instruments.

The Walther Jazz Band is an auditioned group of high school students who enjoy playing swinging big band sounds. The Jazz Band performs a regular schedule of concerts, tours the country with the Wind Ensemble, and also performs school, church, and civic events upon request.

Walther Curricular Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Ensemble*

Concert Band

String Ensemble

Pep Band* (members from the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band)


Walther Extra-Curricular Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble*


*indicates audition requirement

The instrumental practice form is available here.

Insert Practice form PDF

If you are playing percussion in Wind Ensemble or Concert Band, you will need a stick bag with certain mallets and sticks. A list of required sticks is available below. You can purchase these by calling Luscombe Music at 630-833-7381, paying over the phone with credit card, and the mallets will be delivered to Walther. 

Insert mallet list form PDF

Non-Discrimination Statement

Walther Christian Academy is operated for the purpose of providing Christian Education at the secondary level for the families of Lutheran congregations. However, it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin and religion in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.