Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Band Banquet - Save The Date! May 7th

The 2016 DGN Band Banquet is set for the evening of Saturday, May 7th, at the historic Willowbrook Ballroom.  More details will be shared with DGN Band Families in the weeks to come.  You won't want to miss this terrific celebration, awards ceremony and dance.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Don't Forget: Blue Lake Audition Opportunity Tomorrow!


The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (in Michigan) is one of the nation’s leading arts immersion camps.  BLFAC is a non-profit summer school of the arts specializing in two-week arts programs for intermediate and high school students. 

Because there is a strong tradition of highly qualified District 99 students attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the institution actively recruits in our schools.  Additionally, BLFAC sends a representative to our building each February to hear interested students play and sing.  From those ‘mini auditions’ BLFAC frequently awards merit-based scholarships to attend the camp.  This year’s BLFAC scholarship auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 9th during periods, 5B, 6, 7, 8 and for a short time after school.  If you are interested in playing or singing a short audition for the BLFAC rep, please express your interest on a sign-up sheet in the Fine Arts Office (room 131).  Please see Mrs. DePeder or your music teacher to sign up for a time

What should you be prepared to play or sing in your audition?  Plan to perform 2-3 min of music that you have been working on with a private music teacher, or in class.  This could be an etude, a solo, or a piece of literature that you have really enjoyed studying.  Pick something that shows off your abilities!

The Blue Lake representative will share some basic information with the student to take home to parents.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out Blue Lake’s website at www.bluelake.org.  

Many DGN musicians have received significant scholarships to attend Blue Lake as a result of these mini-auditions.  Please consider this fabulous opportunity!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

DGN Bands Tour Announcement #WaltDisneyWorld #ThanksgivingParade

We are proud to announce the DGN Band's selection to perform in the 2016 Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

DGN and DGS Jazz Bands Swing at the Tivoli with NIU #WeAreDGN #99Learns #swingaliscious

Congratulations to the members of the DGS Jazz Workshop, DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGS Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Ensemble, and DGS Jazz Ensemble as each group performed with great energy and musicality at the Tivoli this evening.  Terrific opening set for the Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra! #swingaliscious 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winter Guard Takes 2nd Place at Cedarburg

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for taking 2nd Place this weekend at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Competition held at Cedarburg High School.  The Winter Guard improved an impressive 10 points from their initial competitive outing this season.  Great job ladies!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

All State Music Composition #WeAreDGN #99Learns #imec2016 @ilmea1

Congratulations to Jeremy Pike on his First Place Award in the Illinois All State Music Composition Contest.

Friday, January 29, 2016

All State Future Music Educators #WeAreDGN #99Learns #imec2016 @ilmea1

Congratulations to Lauren Birkmeier on her selection to the Illinois Music Education Association All State "Future Music Educator Symposium."

All State Band #WeAreDGN #99Learns #imec2016 @ilmea1

Congratulations to David Atwater (horn), Sarah Fantinel (flute) and Todd Griffin (tuba) on their selection to the 2016 Illinois All State Band.

All State Honors Band #WeAreDGN #99Learns #imec2016 @ilmea1

Congratulations to Alyse Bondarowicz (flute), and Caleb Schmurr (trombone) on their selection to the 2016 Illinois All State Honors Band.