Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This makes it feel REALLY official!

The DGN and DGS Band concert on Monday, March 2, 2015 has now been listed on the Carnegie Hall Website.

Please note: In addition to tickets being purchased through the "Fan Package," individual tickets will be available for order, online, beginning on January 2, 2015.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wind Ensemble Members - Check your School Email!

This blog post / text message is intended to serve as an announcement to all 2014-15 Wind Ensemble members: Please check your school email. New information about summer-practice music, 2014-15 part assignments, etc. has been sent to your school email address today.

Symphonic Band / Concert Band students: Your 2014-15 sheet music will be distributed through classroom folders during the first week of school.

We hope everyone has been having a terrific summer vacation, and we are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adam Mills performs with Carolina Crown

Congratulations to DGN Band member and Trombone Section Captain Adam Mills who recently attended the 'Music For All' Symposium and performed with the world-renown Carolina Crown!  See Adam interviewed at the top of this video ...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

DGN / Phantom Regiment

Drum Corps fans are enjoying the Phantom Regiment's rehearsal today at DGN. Look closely and you'll spot DGN Band alumnus Jesse Backes on the field. Jesse is a first-year music staff member with the corps.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Great Job D99 Marching Band - 2014 Independence Day Parade

































Parade Performance Reminders ...

  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Stay hydrated. 
  • If possible, leave personal instrument cases at home, or in your personal car, and arrive on campus with just your instrument. 
  • The DGN band room will be open for students to retrieve instruments that are currently at school.
  • Arrive on campus in khaki shorts (longer than your finger-tips), a solid white t-shirt (no tank-tops, please), tennis shoes and white athletic socks (no sandals of any kind).  
  • No sunglasses (unless prescription), no hats, flags, face paint, etc. 
  • Uniform polo shirts (purple & blue) will be distributed inside the Field House. Enter through the large door within the stadium complex.  
  • When the parade ends, students will be dismissed near the Community Bank of Downers Grove (1111 Warren Ave.).  *** Note: All uniform polo shirts will be returned at that time.
  • Tubas/Percussion will load drums on bus, and instruments will be returned to DGN.  Students playing those instruments are asked to return to DGN to help put instruments away, but must provide their own transportation (or walk).  

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Drum Corps International in town Sunday!

This coming Sunday, July 6, the world renown Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps will be on the campus of Downers Grove North High School, practicing for a competition that will be held in Lisle, IL that evening. DGN & DGS student musicians - as well as family members and friends - are invited to come to the DGN campus and observe the ensemble as they rehearse.  If you have never seen a DCI corps "in action," you will never forget the power of the sound and the visual precision of the marching.

The corps rehearsal schedule for Sunday has not yet been released, but a typical day will include small group work in the morning (break out rehearsals for the brass, percussion and guard), and then full-corps work after a lunch break on the stadium field.

Because Phantom's coach buses and equipment trucks will be using the west parking lot, those who wish to observe should park in the Main Street lot, cross at the light, and then proceed on foot around the exterior of the Field House toward the stadium.

The Sunday evening DCI show, which is sponsored by The Cavalier's Drum & Bugle Corps, and held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, will be a showcase of the best marching arts ensembles in the world.  If you have the time to attend on Sunday night, you are strongly encouraged to buy tickets, and enjoy an amazing night of music and marching.  Details about the show in Lisle, and information about tickets may be found by clicking here.  Tickets may be purchased in advance online, or at the gate.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Corrected July 4th Parade Flyer

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Parade Practice last night!

At the practice we distributed a flyer with details about the July 4th performance. We realized later that there were a couple of typos in the flyer.  It referred to "parades" (plural).  To clarify, we are only performing in one parade (the Downers Grove parade).  We apologize for the confusion.

The corrected flyer may be found here:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Parade Practice Tonight

Tonight is the first of only two practices to get ready for the Downers Grove Fourth of July Parade.  We will work together from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Please meet in the band room by 6:25 PM, ready for instructions.

Please make sure you wear closed-toe tennis/gym shoes (no sandals or flip flops!).  A water bottle is recommended.

If you have not yet printed out your music for the parade, you have two choices:  1) ask for a copy at tonight's practice, or 2) print one out yourself to look over this afternoon before coming!

Parts may be found here:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tour Registration Update

We are pleased to announce that we had a tremendous initial registration for the 2015 NYC Tour, and we currently have 187 persons registered to travel with the student group.  That mean's we have authorized our travel agency to proceed with first deposits being charged on July 1st.

Additionally, the "Fan Package" has nearly 50 persons signed up, and that trip is also a "go."

If your family has not yet registered for the tour, but you would still like to, it's  not too late!  Please let us know of your interest to add, and we will help get you set up.  

We extend our thanks to our DGN Band Families for your enthusiasm and commitment to this performance tour.  Carnegie Hall ... here we come!