Lake Forest High School has two formal bands: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. They are under the direction of Mrs. Janene Kessler.

These are performing ensembles for woodwind and brass instrumentalists. Students are exposed to many styles and periods of music. These groups perform at community events, all varsity home football games, as a pep band for basketball games and four major concerts per year.

Within the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles, students can also take part in smaller groups such as Symphonic Percussion and Advanced Percussion, as well as Advanced Percussion Honors. Students may also audition for Wind Ensemble Honors and Honors Competition Bands.

Many students have formed smaller ensembles that perform throughout the year, such as Flute and Clarinet Choirs, Jazz Band and Brass Choirs.

2017-18 Band Concerts

  • Nov 8th   7:00pm – Band Festival (RMA)
  • Nov 10th   9:00am – Veteran’s Day (Lake Bluff)
  • Nov 10th   12:50pm – Veteran’s Day (LFHS)
  • Dec 10th   3:00pm – Holiday Concert (RMA)
  • Feb 9th   7:00pm – Jazz Festival (RMA)
  • Feb 11th   3:00pm – Honors Competition (RMA)
  • Mar 13th   7:30pm – Symphonic Band/Percussion Ensemble (RMA)
  • Apr 10th   7:00pm – Percussion Festival (RMA)
  • May 23rd 7:30pm – Band Concert (RMA)
  • May 28th 8:45am – Memorial Day (Lake Bluff Gazebo)
  • May 28th 10:45am – Memorial Day (Lake Forest Market Square)


Mrs. Kessler can be reached at