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Washington High School has two levels of concert band and jazz band available to students. From August to October, all band members participate in the Warrior Marching Band.

Wind symphony

Wind symphony is the top concert band group at Washington. Auditions for the group happen early in the beginning of semester one each year. Any grade level may auditio

The WHS wind symphony was the featured 4A honor band at the 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2014 Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention. In addition, the wind symphony remains the only Iowa band to be invited to perform at the prestigious National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2008.

Concert band

Concert band is a non-auditioned group at Washington that focuses on fundamental student development of musical skills. The group performs from December through May, finishing with a performance at large group contest.

Revolutionists jazz band

The Revolutionists jazz band is Washington High School’s top jazz band. Auditions for this group happen early in semester one and are open to grades nine through 12. This group focuses on advanced jazz band literature that spans early jazz to present day.

Revs was the featured jazz band at the 2009 and 2006 Iowa Bandmasters Association Convention and has been invited to perform at the Iowa Jazz Championships for 19 consecutive years. Revs has won first place at the Northeast Iowa District Jazz Festival 15 of the last 17 years.

Jazz Also

Jazz Also is the second jazz band at Washington. Auditions for the group happen early in semester one and are open to grades nine through 12. This group focuses on learning how to improvise, swing, and play jazz music as a group.

Warrior marching band

The Warrior marching band is a group that consists of all band students at Washington High School and any non-band students who wish to try out for color guard. There is no audition for marching band and rehearsals start a couple of weeks before school begins each August. If you are interested in color guard, auditions are held each spring before school ends.

Washington’s marching band has developed a rich history of performing exciting and entertaining marching band shows. The marching band has won first place awards at the Linn-Mar and Prairie marching contests and has received consecutive division I ratings at state marching band contest for 42 years.


Auditions for wind symphony, Revolutionists, and Jazz Also all happen in the first few weeks of semester one.

Drumline and color guard auditions typically happen in May and the groups meet several times over the summer to prepare for marching band in the fall.

More specific information will be sent to your middle school band director later this year about these auditions.

Band frequently asked questions

Key Contacts

Jared Wacker

Band Director

Joel Nagel

Band Director