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, jazz band, 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.
We are excited to announce the Symphonic Band has been invited to play again in 2019 at the International Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
The marching band regularly performs at the Bands of America Super Regional competition in Atlanta, and in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 ,2016, and 2017 each time reaching the final 12 out of 30-40 bands.
In 2018, the marching band WON the BOA Regional Championships in Georgia and South Carolina!
They are also a five time finalist at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. In 2019, Wando finished 6th at BOA Grand Nationals with Wando’s highest score ever at that competition.
Wando Bands has been named South Carolina State 5A Champions eleven times.
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 places the most students in the South Carolina All-State Band each year. In addition, Wando has had representation in the Honor Band of America every year since 2005.