All instrumental students are required to perform in the concert band program at the appropriate level. Students involved in the vocal, dance and drama program are also invited to participate in the concert band program. Two out of the three Concert Bands at O’Neill are non-auditioned groups. At every level many challenges and possibilities are available to further develop musical skills and techniques.
Students at the grade eleven and twelve level are eligible to take the concert band credit course upon completion of a successful audition. Each ensemble performs at a number of concerts at O’Neill Collegiate through the year, attend the Ontario Band Festival and receive clinics from professional clinicians.
O’Neill is unique in that the Junior Concert Band is an ensemble solely for the grade nine students. O’Neill’s Senior Wind Ensemble is considered to perform at a college level and the Symphonic Winds at a Senior high school level. Both ensembles explore a wide variety of music ranging from contemporary concert band music to folk songs to transcriptions. Rehearsals are mandatory and are after school one night each week.