Bands of Wando Program
Wando High School has one of the most comprehensive band programs in South Carolina. Over two hundred fifty students participate in three concert bands, chamber winds, percussion ensemble classes, marching band, three jazz bands, and various chamber ensembles. The Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and in 2007 received the Sudler Flag of Honor, administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band also performed at the 1998 and 2002 Bands of America National Concert Band Festivals. Other honors include being named National Honor Band for the 2005 Grand NAI, the 2004 and 2009 University of South Carolina Band Clinics, and the 2006 and 2011 National Concert Band and Orchestra Invitational through the Disney Honors program. In 2019, Wando’s Symphonic Band has been invited to perform at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic again.
The marching band regularly performs at the Bands of America Super Regional competition in Atlanta, and in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, & 2017 each time reaching the final 12 out of 30-40 bands.
In 2018, Wando High School won the Bands of America Georgia Regional & the South Carolina Regional in Gaffney, SC.
In 2011, the marching performed at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, reaching the final 12 out of 95 bands. In 2014, they returned to BOA Grand Nationals and placed 7th overall. In 2016, Wando Band placed 8th overall at BOA Grand Nationals. In 2019, Wando Band placed 6th in BOA Grand Nationals with their highest score & highest placement to date at Grand Nationals.
Wando Bands has been named South Carolina State 5A Champions every year that they have competed from 2003-2017, for a total of 11 consecutive State Championships.
Every member of the band performs solo or chamber works throughout the year. Many students study privately with various professionals in the Charleston area including members of the Charleston Symphony. Their efforts are evident in their selection to the All-County, Region, and All-State Bands. Wando High School has put the most students in the South Carolina All-State Band for the past several years. In 2019, Wando placed over 50 students in the all state ensembles. In addition, Wando also placed the highest number of students in all state jazz band as well as Honor Band of America the past several years.
Wando High School Band Boosters
Wando High School Band Boosters is the philanthropic arm of the School’s music education program.
The purpose of the Wando High School Band Boosters is to raise money and coordinate parent/volunteer activities for the support of the band program and directors at Wando High School. The Wando High School Band Boosters is empowered to address the needs and actions of the band program at Wando High School. The vision for the Wando High School Band Boosters is to see successful outcomes for all students. The Wando High School Band Boosters will operate strictly for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.
A statement of IRS 501(c)(3) Nonprofit and Public Charity 509(a)(2) status is available as well as 2017ByLaws.
School and Community
Mount Pleasant is located six miles from downtown Charleston on the outskirts of a metropolitan tri-county area inhabited by 350,000 people. Wando High School serves the towns of Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island in the East Cooper community of Charleston County.
East Cooper’s population has more than tripled since 1975. Even with rapid growth and expansion, each township is determined to maintain its small town atmosphere, which is reflected in the schools and community-at-large. Wando High School, with an enrollment of over 3300 students, serves grades nine through twelve with a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum. Since its opening in 1973, Wando High School has gained a reputation for excellence throughout the state and region in academics, the fine arts, and extracurricular activities. Wando is known for its strong arts education program, which is part of the arts conservatory in the smaller learning community within the School of Arts and Humanities. Wando High School is an ABC site for arts education in the state of South Carolina.
Middle School Instruction
The schools in the East Cooper Constituent District begin band in sixth grade. Wando High School has three middle level feeder schools: Cario Middle School , Laing Middle School , and Moultrie Middle School. Students receive a comprehensive instrumental education, as evidenced by their membership in the South Carolina All-State and Region Bands. All groups meet five times per week and all beginners meet in heterogeneous groupings. Seventh and eighth grade students participate in the South Carolina Band Directors Association Concert Festival, Solo and Ensemble, and honor ensembles. A large portion of the Charleston All-County Band is comprised of middle school students from the East Cooper area. Each of the middle schools annually participates in a Symphonic Camp setting lead by nationally recognized clinicians. Several of the Wando High School students provide private instruction to students in our middle schools through the Music Mentors program.