The Coal City Marching Coalers are recognized as one of the top high school marching band units in the Midwest. Very popular on the competitive Illinois Marching Band circuit, the Marching Coalers travel throughout the area during the fall season, performing a show that is approximately 8 minutes in length and features the talents of the CCHS musicians and color guard.
Most wind and percussion instruments are represented in the marching band. The battery includes snares, tenors, and basses. The winds are made up of flutes, clarinets, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, trumpets, mellophones (French horns), trombones, baritones, and sousaphones (tubas). The front ensemble includes stationary percussion instruments such as synthesizer, timpani, and keyboard percussion. Those musicians who play an instrument not traditionally represented in the marching band are encouraged to try a new instrument or consider joining the color guard.
Open to any Coal City student, the Marching Coalers also perform at all home football games, two parades, and multiple marching band competitions a year. Marching Band is a fall co-curricular activity that is part of the Marching/Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble classes.
Percussion ensemble is part of the Percussion class offered at CCHS. Percussion meets during the 3A block. Playing a variety of pieces on keyboard, auxiliary, and even non traditional percussion instruments, this ensemble performs pieces of a high caliber at an exceptional quality. They also rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm post marching band season with the Concert Band.
CCHS Concert Band is a part of the Marching/Concert Band class offered at CCHS. Concert Band meets during the 2B block. Concert Band plays music from not only traditional western music repertoire, but branches into eastern world music, new genre band pieces, and is in works to commission new pieces of music. They also rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm post marching band season with the Percussion Ensemble.
MUSICAL "PIT" BAND
Musical "Pit" Band is an auditioned ensemble that meets in January, February, and March to practice and prepare for the upcoming High School Musical.
Pep Band is co-curricular with our Marching/Concert Band as well as Percussion classes. Pep Band plays at most all of the home Men and Women Coalers Basketball games.
Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble that meets Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. They perform at the Holiday Concert, Fine Arts Festival, and Spring Concerts as well as jazz festivals around the Chicagoland area.