The band department at Galena has been a model of consistency over the last 14 years. The high school bands perform at many athletic events and parades throughout the year, and they have marched in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade since 1968. The HS Concert Band has received many Division I ratings over the last several years, and is consistently one of the top scoring bands at their site.
The GHS Jazz Ensemble(s) and Jazz Combo have never received anything other then a Division I rating at contest under Mr. Holland's direction. They have won the UW-Platteville jazz festival twice(2006 and 2010), and placed several times as well.
The MS groups have received many Division I ratings in the IGSMA organization district contests throughout the years, and have placed well at the State level also.