Friday, November 27, 2015

Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Congratulations and thank you to the members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for their spirited holiday performance at this evening's Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting in downtown Downers Grove!

Performance Status Update

We are still "GO" with the Village of Downers Grove for this afternoon's performance.  Please note the following:

- No wooden instruments should be used outside. Clarinet players who do not have access to a plastic clarinet should leave their instrument at home, but should attend and march their spot in the parade to the tree.

- Drum Line members are asked to bring 1 or 2 old towels with them. We will put the towels in the van in the Library parking lot, and then use them at the end of the parade to dry off the drums. (We will leave drum skirts on the instruments today.)

Leadership Team members assigned to help load equipment at 3 PM are asked to report to the Stadium Entrance.

See everyone at 3:45 in the DG Library Parking lot.  Arrive with your instrument and music out of case, storm coat and Santa Hat on, and ready to step-off!

Thank you for your efforts on this rainy day!

Gingerbread Festival Performance Update

We have been in contact with the Village of Downers Grove.  As of 1 PM the Gingerbread Festival performance is still "GO." A final decision, based on rain, will be shared by 3 PM.  Dress in layers under your storm coat.  Warm gloves are encouraged.  Don't forget the traditional Santa Hat or red knit hat.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Congrats #MarchingIllini & @DGNBands Alumni #MacysParade #WeAreDGN

Jonathan Sheetz (clarinet) is featured on NBC at the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Congratulations to the entire #MarchingIllini on a stunning performance at the 2015 #MacysParade. The Marching Illini was selected as the final band of the parade and had the honor of bringing Santa Claus into Herald Square for the grand finale.
@DGNBands alumni Jonathan Sheetz (clarinet) and Jennifer Vetrone (trumpet) performed this morning in NYC with the Marching Illini.  We are proud of you!

Happy Thanksgiving from @DGNFineArts and @BonfieldExpress

Thank you to our terrific student volunteers who contributed in many ways to the success of the annual Bonfield Express.  Our @DGNChoirs vocal duet (National Anthem) and @DGNBands Jazz Combo (finish line music) were spectacular!

Hundreds of runners and walkers added just a few extra steps to their route and participated in our first-ever #BangAGong4theArts Detour!  @DGNFineArts appreciates the ongoing support of Arts Education in our community!

Friday, November 20, 2015

DGN Welcomes Dr. Stephen Peterson - University of Illinois

The Downers Grove North High School Fine Arts and the DGN Bands were pleased and proud to welcome Dr. Steve Peterson to campus this afternoon.  Dr, Peterson is the recently appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Peterson worked with the DGN Wind Ensemble on Percy Grainger's "Theme from Green Bushes," a work that the District 99 Honors Band will perform on tour this coming summer.  Dr. Peterson's workshop was both captivating and inspiring for our North High musicians, and lent insight into the opportunities that await students who may ultimately attend the University of Illinois.

Dr. Peterson will be in Elmhurst, IL this weekend serving as the Illinois Music Education Association District 1 Honor Band Guest Conductor this weekend.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 See's Candy Sale - Orders Due this Friday!

The 2015 Fine Arts Booster's See's Candy Sale is up and running!  Orders are due at the end of this week, on Friday, November 20th.  Order forms are to be turned in by the end of the school day in either the Band, Choir or Orchestra rooms. Visual Art students may return forms to the box outside Room 131 (Fine Arts Office).

See’s Candies make a fantastic gift for family, friends or business colleagues!

If you (or your child) forgot to bring home an order form, you may find additional forms online by clicking here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

DGN Hosts ILMEA District Jazz Festival #99Learns

Congratulations to the DGN community for hosting an exceptional Jazz Festival on behalf of the Illinois Music Education Association. Over 200 regional all-star musicians descended upon North High today for a series of educational clinics and culminating concert performances.

A special congratulations to our fourteen @dgnbands students who performed today, and thank-you to the dozens of parent and student volunteers who came together to execute countless details.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Honor To Serve" Video

The DGN Fine Arts Department joins the District 99 community and extends thanks to all Veterans for their service to country.

The 2015 DGN Veterans Assembly Program (Honoring All Who Served) is now available online. Congratulations to the DGN Men's Chorus on their performance of Homeland (09:15 in video) and to the combined DGN Wind Ensemble & A Cappella Choir on their performance of Honor To Serve (31:10 in video).

Click HERE, or on the image above, to view the video.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015