Saturday, April 19, 2014

Last Call for Band Banquet Ticket Orders! You Still Have Time!!

You don't want to miss DGN's largest banquet of the year, do you?!

It's not too late to join the nearly 500 people that attend our annual DGN Band Awards Banquet! Even if you didn't mail your Band Banquet ticket orders by yesterday's "post mark" deadline, we can still take your orders as long as they are mailed today, or Monday (at the latest please!).

Did you misplace the forms and information?  You can access them here:

Please note these are to be mailed (US Mail) to the PO Box referenced on the order form, and not sent to DGN.  Thank you.

Friday, April 18, 2014

We need your band pictures from this year!

Do you have some fun pictures to contribute to this year's Band Banquet Slide Show? Please email them to:

Please give each picture a unique file name so that when the image is uploaded it does not replace a previously uploaded picture with the same file name.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't Miss Tonight's German Music Concert!

7:00 PM at The Tivoli. Please join us for a wonderful exchange concert!

April Jazz (Sharing Is Caring) Concert

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and Percussion Ensemble for a terrific concert last night.  Each group played with musical passion, and great artistic style.  

Special thanks are extended to the Recorder Orchestra and Guitar Orchestra from the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule for their Prelude performances!













Monday, April 14, 2014

Jazz Concert - Tuesday Night!

Don't miss the 2014 "Sharing Is Caring" Jazz Concert at North High, Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 PM.  This concert will feature the DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGN Percussion Ensemble, and DGN Jazz Ensemble.  Artist-in-Residence Kirk Garrison will be featured as soloist with both jazz groups.

Do you have family or friends out-of-town who would like to "tune in" for the concert?  The concert will be streamed live on The Cube here.

Krik Garrison - Artist In Residence

DGN is pleased to welcome Mr. Kirk Garrison to campus for a two-day residency where he is working with students of the DGN jazz band and concert band programs.  Today Mr. Garrison worked with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, as well as rehearsals with the Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Mr. Garrison will headline the "Sharing is Caring" April Jazz Concert, Tuesday evening (7:00 PM) in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at North High.

A veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter Kirk Garrison attended Mankato State University in his home state of Minnesota before honing his skills in the United States Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force in 1992, he completed his Master's degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he is now a member of the jazz faculty. Garrison's recent performance credits include the International Music Festival in Hue, Vietnam with Kimotion, the Ravinia Music Festival with Dave Brubeck, the North Shore Jazz Festival with Joey DeFrancesco. Kirk was recently commissioned to write arrangements for internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Phil Woods with big band and an arrangement of 'Nature Boy' for orchestra and choir which will premiere in January of 2010. He has been on several tours of Europe and the United States with the Lt. Dan Band featuring actor Gary Sinise.

Kirk has also appeared with such jazz stalwarts as Louie Bellson, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Kurt Elling, and Herbie Hancock. In addition, Kirk Garrison is in high demand as a writer and arranger. In this capacity, he has received commissions from DePaul University, Rob Parton's Jazz Tech Big Band, the Chicago String Ensemble, and the Millar Brass Ensemble at Northwestern University.

Howard Reich, jazz critic for the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The spectacular trumpet solo that Kirk Garrison offered... reminded listeners why the Jazz Members Big Band stands among the best repertory units in the country." Cadence Magazine's jazz critic Jack Bowers wrote "Kirk Garrison's marvelous trumpet work ... so moving it brought tears to my eyes." His trumpet artistry was described as "cool work" by John Von Rhein, music critic of the Chicago Tribune. John Killoch of Mainly Big Bands (UK) wrote in a review, "This guy nails the section with a big, accurate lead sound and when he flexes his chops ... the sound is again right down the middle, in tune, big and so high. Musical is a good way to put it. An object lesson to anyone who aspires to be a top lead trumpeter."

Kirk Garrison uses Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces and is a Denis Wick performing artist.











Friday, April 11, 2014

2014-15 Marching Band Leadership Team Announced

Many thanks are extended to each and every student who expressed interest and auditioned to serve as Section Captains and Drum Majors of the Trojan Marching Band.  We appreciate your dedication and commitment to the band, and all of the effort students dedicated to the audition process!

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Trojan Marching Band Student Leadership Team.

Click here, for the roster. (Guard leadership will be determined by May 1, following the next round of auditions.)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mouthpiece Day

Monday, April 07, 2014

Are you going to a music camp this summer?

The DGN Music Boosters provide Summer Music Camp Scholarships for North High student musicians (current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors) who will engage in music camp activities this June, July and August.  

Applications are easy to complete, and available online.  The due-date to complete the application is Friday, April 25th.  

You may access the application for this scholarship by clicking here.

We encourage any DGN Freshman, Sophomore or Junior who will be attending a summer music camp to fill out the application so we can work to support your efforts!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Putting The Pieces Together

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Winter Guard on their season-culminating performance this weekend at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships, held at LaPorte High School (Indiana).  The DGN squad finished 6th, placing in the top half of their competitive class.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to the 2013-14 Winter Guard - and coach Kelly Coffman - for their dedication and hard work this year.  It was a great competitive season that showcased substantial growth for the entire team.  Congratulations Trojans; we are very proud of you!