The West Johnston High School Band Program of Benson, NC was established in the Fall of 2002 with the opening of West Johnston High School. The West Johnston High School band program is comprised of various components that perform and compete at the local, state and national levels. This program offers students a comprehensive educational experience through music, performance, life lessons and opportunities that extend well beyond a traditional classroom.
The West Johnston Band Program has influenced hundreds of high school students. These students have learned that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Rewards for this dedication include travel and performance throughout our nation, representing Johnston County and the State of North Carolina. The music program at West is guided by an extremely talented and committed staff of top music educators. Having had several top place finishes at Bands of America and Winter Guard International events, and at state and local competitions, the band was chosen to be North Carolina’s only representative to the 55th Presidential Inaugural Parade. In 2008, the band was chosen to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The West Johnston High School band was also chosen to be the featured band in the 2010 ABC Walt Disney World Christmas Parade. In 2018 the Marching Band was chosen to participate in the Chicago MacDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where the band was seen marching and performing in the nationally televised event. The Band also had time to tour important landmarks in Chicago.
The band program is part of the Fine Arts curriculum at West Johnston High School and consists of the Marching Band, Color Guard, DrumLine, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band that perform and compete at national, regional, and local competitions. The Band Program proudly provides live pit performances for the West Johnston Musical each year and for collaborative Fine Arts events.
The WEST students, staff and parents pride themselves in providing high quality performance opportunities that build great musicians and performers.