Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Important Updates For DGN Band Families

As we suddenly are headed towards our late fall/winter season of concerts and activities, we have several reminders and scheduling details to be aware of. Please read through the following carefully:
Marching Band Members – Last Football Game - The call-time for Friday's game is 5:30 PM. Students will be asked to change directly into uniforms and be on the EAST Practice Field by 5:45 PM for warm-ups and a final run-thru before the game. Students may want to wear a warm layer under their uniforms but nothing bulky that will make it difficult for the uniform to fit. JEANS ARE NOT TO BE WORN UNDER THE UNIFORM! The weather is predicted to get a bit colder than the summer-like weather we’ve been enjoying, but looks like it will stay dry!

Marching Band Members and Sports Exemption Students - Band-O-Rama  Our annual indoor marching band concert will be held next week on Tuesday in the Purple Gym at 7PM. Sports Exemption Students - You are required to attend this concert to support your Marching Band colleagues. There will be an attendance clip-board to sign in on. If your team or sport has a competition/game/match that evening that would make it impossible to attend Band-O-Rama, please speak with Mr. Teague or Mr. Miller THIS WEEK to discuss. Marching Band Students - We will rehearse (out of uniform, but in black socks/marching band shoes) from 5:30-6:30 PM on Tuesday. We will then change into uniforms. We will NOT be wearing Shakos. We will be speaking with Leadership Team and Band Board members more this week about decorating and setting up the Gym from 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday. Thanks in advance for your help!

Florida Tour Participants – Our rehearsal with Mr. Gary Smith is next week, on Wednesday at 3:00 PM. Attendance is mandatory. Have you been practicing at home? Have you been receiving our email updates? (last topics sent were a Last Call for Medical Forms, and a Music Rehearsal Follow-Up. You must be signed up to receive email updates and we encourage you to subscribe to get text messages/follow the tour on Twitter. Details were in the blue packet.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Calling All Trombonists! We need at least 76 of you!!! #99Learns

Join our salute to the Music Education career of Mr. Jonathan Ball in his final DGN Band Invitational Concert.  We will close the concert with a performance of "76 Trombones" as a nod to Mr. Ball's years of service and dedication to our community and the schools of Downers Grove.

So pull your trombone out of the closet, practice a few lip-slurs, and come join us on November 1.  PRINT THE SHEET MUSIC FROM THIS LINK!

Please invite anyone you know who can hold (we mean play) a trombone!

All guest-trombonists will rehearse with the DGN Wind Ensemble / current DGN and Herrick Band trombones at 5:45 PM on the night of the concert.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

@dgnbands Supports Breast Cancer Charities at 2016 Crosstown Showdown #WeAreDGN #dgspride #99Learns @Dist_99 @DGNFineArts @DGSFineArts @DGS_Bands

The @dgnbands Trojan Marching Band members raised $750 in support of Breast Cancer Charities during the 2016 Crosstown Classic football game.  Wearing pink gloves and ribbons, band members worked to increase awareness and demonstrate support for individuals and families impacted by cancer.

The annual athletic contest between the Trojans and Mustangs provided an opportunity for the Fine Arts Departments at DGN and DGS to collaborate artistically.  The two marching bands, along with choir students and dance-team members from both campuses, offered combined performances at both Pre-Game and Halftime.

Congratulations to all the students in the DGS Band, DGS Choir, DGS Fillies, DGN Band, DGN Choir, and DGN Athenas, for terrific performances!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Seeking Donations for Young Survival Coalition / DGN Bands Will Wear Pink on Friday

The DGN Trojan Marching Band will support Breast Cancer Awareness Month at their performance on Friday, October 7 by wearing pink gloves (instead of white) and affixing pink ribbons to uniforms.

Tuesday - Friday this week, during band classes, students will be given the opportunity to make a donation to support a prominent national Breast Cancer charity.  We are asking students (and their families) to consider making a cash donation as they are able.

The suggested donation range - per student - is $5-$10.  The first $2 of each donation will help offset the cost of the newly purchased pink gloves and pink ribbons that each marching band member will be issued for Friday's performance.  All remaining funds raised will be donated to the Young Survival Coalition.  You may read about the mission of this charity at:

Donations may be made, in class, either with cash, or a personal check made payable to 'Young Survival Coalition.'  Checks made directly to the charity will be forwarded with other monies raised from the DGN Bands.

Donating is not required of any student; all students will be given pink gloves and a pink ribbon to wear at Friday's performance.

Thank you for your consideration of this philanthropic endeavor.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

NIU Music Faculty Clinics with @dgnbands #99Learns #WeAreDGN @Dist_99 @NIUlive

Members of the Northern Illinois University Music Faculty - all of whom are professional performers and educators in the Chicago region - were on campus today to work with students and offer them guidance on preparing for music auditions.

We thank Professors Elizabeth Barber, Gregory Barrett, Gregory Beyer and Jeremy Moeller for sharing their musicianship with us today!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Royalty! #WeAreDGN #99Learns @Dist_99 @dgnchoirs @dgnbands

Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Court, including King nominee Brian Hsu (trumpet) and the 2016 Homecoming Queen Emily Little (trombone/vocal).

Friday Night Homecoming Lights #WeAreDGN #99Learns @Dist_99

2016 DGN Homecoming Parade #WeAreDGN #99Learns @Dist_99

Homecoming Assembly 2016 #WeAreDGN #99Learns @Dist_99