Sunday, August 31, 2014

Calling all DGN Band Alums!

We will once again be forming an Alumni Band to perform with the TROJAN Marching Band during the Homecoming football game against Hinsdale Central on October 24th, 2014. We are trying to find as many alumni as possible to participate in what is always a really fun and exciting event. We are e-mailing this invite and information to alums who have expressed interested in the Alumni Band in the past or performed with us in years past.  We also have a Facebook in the DGN Alumni Band - Official Site group.  Search for it and re-join us if you aren't already a member!  If you know of someone who would be interested in this event, use one of the links above to spread the word (email, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook).  Or go to Facebook to invite them to join the Alumni Band group!!
While you will hopefully recognize the same energy, spirit and musicianship in this year's version of the Trojan Marching Band that you remember from YOUR days at North, there have also been a number of changes on our campus in recent years. 
We are accepting credit card and PayPal payments again this year.  This, along with using this great Eventbrite registration site have added some slight fees to your registration.  We hope the convenience of these tools outweighs the increased expense.  Checks can also still be used for payment.  Click on the "Show other payment options" link during checkout to get the mailing address and details.
When registering, ALL PARTICIPANTS must register for the "Registration Fee" Ticket.  All NEW PARTICIPANTS must also register for the "Sweatshirt Order" Ticket to order the required uniform sweatshirt.  Of course anyone can order additional sweatshirts.
We're looking forward to seeing you on October 24th!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Taking it to the next level ...

Hundreds upon hundreds of former DGN Marching Band members have, over the years, gone on to make significant contributions to their respective college and university marching bands.  As the college football season hits full stride today, we send our congratulations to some of our alumni who "take the field" this week!  Here are just two, of dozens of examples, of DGN alumni suiting up today ...

Gwen Cortez & Tommy Donnelly (Class of 2014) make their debut with the Purdue University Marching Band today.  Boiler Up!

Kirsten Keller (Class of 2011) begins her Senior season with the Marching Illini today.  "I - L - L ... I - N - I!"

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Night Lights

Congratulations to the members of the Trojan Marching Band on their performance at tonight's abbreviated home football opener!

Kick Off in 60

Let's Go Trojans!

Football 101

Mr. Miller leads the 2014 Trojan Marching Band through the traditional (and uniquely Mr. Miller) "Football 101" Pre-Game instructions.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's Almost Game Day!

It's almost "Beat the Porters" Game Day, and the members of the Trojan Marching Band are fired up and ready to support our team on Friday night!

Band members are reminded to have black socks, ball cap, and marching shoes at school tomorrow. We wear our New York State of Mind shirts during the day to promote school spirit.

We look forward to our first performance in uniform (weather permitting).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No Drum Line Tonight / Color Guard 6 - 8:30

Drum Line Tuesday Night Practices will begin NEXT week, on September 2.  Tuesday practices will take place, as per the handbook, from 6 - 8 PM.

The Color Guard will practice tonight, from 6 - 8:30 PM.

We apologize for any confusion relative to the Drum Line schedule, and the start date for the Tuesday night practices with Mr. Botti.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

DGN Band Emails vs. Text Alerts

If you have subscribed to our Blog Emails, it is important for you to understand how these emails are generated.  Blogger uses a tool called "Feed Burner" to create emails that summarize a 24-hour "news cycle" of posts on our webpage.  Posts are pulled once in the 24 hour cycle (5 PM each day) and pushed to your inbox.  This is a function of the system, and we cannot change that. In most cases, our posts/announcements are planned in a way that this 24-hour cycle will be ample time for you to get information.

We had two announcements on Thursday/Friday of this week that were more time-sensitive. A post on Thursday evening clarifying the time of the Band Showcase, and a post on Friday afternoon about the location of the Band Showcase.  Neither was picked up by Feed Burner and emailed out to subscribers until after the information was essentially "old news."  In this case, the timing of the cycle didn't work in our favor.

This is why we strongly encourage band students, and their parents, to sign up for our Text Alerts.  Text Alerts are sent immediately (or within about 5 minutes) after we post to our Blog.  

We use Twitter as the engine to send out our the Text Alerts, but you do not have to be a Twitter user, or have a Twitter account to receive our Text Alerts.  Any person who sends/receives texts on their phone may easily subscribe.  There is no cost to participate (other than potential carrier charges for text messages as identified in your personal phone plan). 

Here are the instructions on how to sign up: 

Hard Work Pays Off - Marching Band Shines at Showcase

Congratulations to the nearly 200 members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for completing Band Camp 2014, and for a terrific first public performance at last night's Band Camp Showcase.  

We extend thanks to our families and friends who came out in large numbers last night to cheer on the Band and provide an audience for our students.















Friday, August 22, 2014

DGN Band ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bill Miller, Brayer Teague, and the DGN Trojan Marching Band accept Coach John Wander's challenge, and in turn challenge North High School Principal, Mr. Scott Kasik!

In addition to our own video from tonight's Band Camp Showcase, we encourage you to take a moment to view this inspiring story about where this phenomenon began ...

... and we encourage all DGN band members to continue supporting the many wonderful charitable organizations across the country that are in need of financial resources to fight disease.

Find a cause you can get behind, and make a difference!