Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Congratulations and thank you to the members of the Trojan Marching Band and Marching Mustangs who once again combined forces to form the District 99 Marching Band for this year's 4th of July Parade in Downers Grove. The band entertained a large crowd for the length of the parade with high energy music, marching and guard work. Another huge thank you to the booster parents at both North and South who supported the band with water, uniform distribution, and equipment moving. We hope all our District 99 music families enjoy the Independence Day holiday and the rest of their summer vacations!





DGN Alumnus Kristin Bowers - NYC Macy's Fireworks Soundtrack

DGN Band Alumnus and Unites States Air Force Band Principal Clarinetist, Kristin Bowers, performs tonight in New York City as the USAFB will provide the soundtrack for the largest fireworks display in our nation. 

This 6 minute video is an inspiring look behind the scenes to see how the music - and the pyrotechnics - are a collaborative and creative venture as this production is planned to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. 

Enjoy viewing, and Happy Fourth of July! 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Be Inspired: World Class Music Ensembles in D99 Sunday!



Two of the world's most famous and prestigious music ensembles, The Cavalier's Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, will be in residence on the North and South campuses of District 99 this Sunday, June 21.  Both ensembles will be in town preparing for the "Cavalcade of Brass" drum and bugle corps show to be held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL this coming Sunday night.  Tickets for the show may be purchased here.



The Cadets will be rehearsing on the Sough High campus Sunday late morning, and afternoon.  The Cavaliers will be rehearsing on the North High campus during this same time period.  Precise rehearsal schedules have not yet been announced, but drum and bugle corps typically focus on small group practice in the mornings (drum line, brass line, color guard), and then combine for full ensemble work in the afternoon following a lunch break.




The rehearsals of both corps are open to students from our District 99 band programs, as well as community members at large, to observe.  There is a lot to learn from watching these precision music ensembles focus on collective group goals in their quest for artistic excellence.  We strongly encourage all D99 music lovers to make time on Sunday to visit both campuses and be inspired through observation and listening.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Band Hat World Tour Gets a Hashtag! #DGNBandHat #99Leanrs @DGNFineArts @DGNBands

Are you going somewhere fun or unique this summer?  Don't forget to take your DGN Band Hat along, and snap a picture!

How do you share it with us (and the world)?

The DGN Band Hat now has it's own hashtag on Twitter ...

#DGNBandHat   

So post your DGN Band Hat photo to Twitter with the hashtag, and at the end of the summer we will add it to our "World Tour" photo gallery.
Check out where the DGN Band Hat has already been ...





DGN Marching Band Preps for Independence Day Parade #99Learns

Members of the DGN Marching Band were hard at work Wednesday evening preparing for the Downes Grove Independence Day Parade.





Monday, June 15, 2015

July 4th Parade Practice Wednesday Night!

This Wednesday night (June 17) 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.

Students may enter the band room through Main Street, or through the back door in the south-east corner of the football stadium (door 22).

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 Wednesday night's practice, or 2) print one out yourself to look over this week before coming!

Sheet music, and a practice audio file may be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/D99MarchingBandJuly4

A flyer with all the performance details, may be found by clicking here, or viewing the embedded document below ...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Band Leaders Prep for 2015-16 #99Learns

Summer Vacation? Nah. Not quite yet. We're already getting ready for 2015-16!

Thanks are extended to our Band Student Leadership Team, as well as Dr. Thomas Bough of Northern Illinois University, for a great workshop today!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Which Musical Instrument Should I Play?

Just for fun, find your instrument, and work backwards.  Does this describe you?

Or, start from the beginning, and see what happens!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Class of 2015 - Wind Ensemble Send Off

This is how 6th period said "thanks and farewell" to the Class of 2015 ...


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jazz In The Park 2015 #99Learns

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGS Jazz Workshop, DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGS Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Ensemble, DGS Jazz Ensemble, and the D99 All Star Band for their terrific performances at the 2015 "Jazz In The Park."  The inclement weather outside had no impact on the spirited and energetic performances of these fine ensembles.  Each band delighted the audience with a diverse set of repertoire that highlighted the depth and breath of musical learning this academic year.  Well done DGN and DGS musicians!