Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
When the bands at Downers Grove North and South high schools drive to the New Trier Jazz Festival, they are hoping to take a truck load of instruments with them — and leave them there.
Jazz members at both schools are working to gather enough donated instruments and funds to build two full bands for high schools in New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina. The initiative is part of an effort started by New Trier High School in Winnetka, which asked 10 competing high schools to donate $400 for their “Hey NOLA- We Didn’t Forget About You” project instead of their regular entrance fees. The Downers Grove schools paid the $400 but decided they wanted to do more.
|A small start |
The first instrument to be donated to Downers Grove North and South high schools effort to build bands for New Orleans was a coronet a freshman trombonist bought at a flea market. To make a donation, call Fine Arts Department chairmen Glenn Williams at Downers South or Brayer Teague at Downers North.
“It’s important for New Orleans, it’s important for music education and it’s important for our students because we have such a bounty in front of us. We sometimes don’t get what’s going on entirely,” said Glenn Williams, chairman of the Downers South Fine Arts Department.
Both Downers Grove schools are organizing instrument donation drives, which will culminate at their annual Jazz Cafe concerts Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25. North High’s Cafe has benefited charities every year since it started in 1994. Last year, the schools teamed up for the first time to raise funds for Nothing but Nets, a group distributing malaria nets. The collaboration worked well, and the schools decided to work together again in 2008, said Brayer Teague, North High’s chairman of Fine Arts Department.
While the jazz bands are the main force behind the project, Williams said he hopes to generate more buzz among the rest of the student body. Because the Jazz Cafes also bring in middle school students, they may get more of the community involved. The District 99 two-band goal would require about 60 instruments.
Teague said reaction was very good when the new beneficiary was announced at the school’s monthly Music Boosters meeting. He said music is deeply important to the culture of New Orleans, and Hurricane Katrina has nearly destroyed the region’s ability to teach jazz.
“With the passing of time, it becomes easy to forget about the rebuilding that is still enveloping the citizens of that great city,” Teague said. “This is our small way of raising awareness and trying to support the schools in New Orleans.”
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2007-2008 DGN WINTER GUARD
Captains: Kelly Cantlin & Amanda Piggot
Our first practices are October 30th and November 1st from 6:00 to 8:30 PM
(Meet in the band room).
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Senior Mason Martin performed on October 23 with the United State Army Field Band in Arlington Heights, IL. Congratulations Mason on your selection to perform with the band!
Mason is pictured here with Lieutenant Colonel Beth T.M. Steele, who became the Deputy Commander and Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Field Band in July of 2005. A native of Ames, Iowa, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
After receiving her commission in 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Steele served as the Executive Officer and Associate Conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Commander, Student Company, at the U.S. Army Element School of Music. Following these assignments, she assumed duties as Associate Bandmaster for The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," in Washington, DC, and as Commander for The U.S. Continental Army Band. Lieutenant Colonel Steele's most recent assignment was as Commandant of the U.S. Army Element, School of Music.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Mr. Miller recently visited his Alma Mater (Illinois) to watch Mr. Teague's Alma Mater (Michigan) win a football game. (Sorry Mr. Miller ... I was nice in class on Monday ... I couldn't resist.)
North High is extremely proud of the dozen DGN alumni that are currently a part of the nationally renown Marching Illini.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Congratulations to the members of the Trojan Marching Band on their performance at the 2007 Carl Sandburg Marching Festival. The band received unanimous Division I ratings from all three judges in the areas of Music, Marching Technique, and General Effect.
The marching band's next performances are scheduled for Homecoming week.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Please read the information carefully regarding rehearsal schedules.
Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band meet TOMORROW at 7 AM (September 5).
Jazz Workshop meets on Tuesday, September 18th, at 7 AM for the first time.
Follow these links for audition results ...
Results in MS Word format
Results in PDF format
Friday, August 24, 2007
Saxes: Wednesday, August 29
Trombones: Thursday, August 30
Rhythm Section: Friday, August 31
Sign up for auditions on the Fine Arts Office window (131).
Call backs will be posted on this Blog by 3:20 PM on Friday, August 31, and will take place at 7 AM on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Final results will be posted on this Blog on Wednesday, September 5, by 3:20 PM.
First rehearsals will begin at 7 AM on Thursday, September 6.
- Today's "Band Camp" marching band practice has been revised to be a one-hour indoor music rehearsal, beginning at 3:30 PM and ending at 4:30 PM.
- Tonight's "Family Fun Night" for the Marching Band has been canceled. Due to our packed schedule of performances, this event will not be made-up.
- Next Tuesday's rehearsal (August 28) has been modified in the following ways:
- Rehearsal will begin immediately after school at 3:30 PM (not 4:30 as scheduled).
- Rehearsal will end at 8:00 PM (not 8:30 as scheduled).
- As previously requested, students should bring a "sack dinner." Students will be given an opportunity to eat, but will not be allowed to leave campus.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Congratulations to our Marching Band Assistant Hank Vaughan, and his wife Becky, on the arrival of Katharine Rebeccah. She was born on Friday morning, August 17 (before the due date) ... proving once again that "if you're on time, you're late."
Notice the band hat in the picture, and that Mr. Vaughan helped deliver her while wearing this year's marching band t-shirt (having left directly from rehearsal for the hospital on Thursday night).
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
beginning of Band Camp 2007! Student Leaders have been preparing for Marching Band camp which begins for "newcomers" on Thursday, August 16, and all students on Friday, August 17. The Color Guard and Drum Line have already been busy preparing music and drill for the 2007 season.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Band members participated in two community events on Memorial Day. At 9 AM the Drum Line marched in the Woodridge parade, and at 10:45 AM the entire Marching Band performed in the Downers Grove memorial day parade. Following the Downers Grove parade the band performed at Fishel Park as a part of a community Memorial Day service.
Thank you to all the members of the band for your extra efforts on behalf of North High during the holiday weekend.
Monday, May 21, 2007
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2007-2008 DGN COLOR GUARD
Captains: Kelly Cantlin & Amanda Piggot
The first practice is June 13th at 6:30 PM (Meet in the band room).
If you are going to miss any summer rehearsals please bring written notification to the June 13th practice.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
On Wednesday morning I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal of the Polizeimusikkorps Baden-Wurttemberg (the Police Band of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg). This is a professional band (each member is a professionally trained musician who has been selected to the band through an audition) that performs more than 70 concerts annually. The band also records many of the CDs that European music publishers send out all over the world to advertise their publications. The band was very good, and it was a real pleasure to observe them in rehearsal. It may be hard to tell from the vantage point of my video, but there are only 35 members in this ensemble. This number is dictated to the conductor by the state. For that reason most instrument sections are "one on a part." He uses two clarinets on each part, and only one oboe, one bassoon, and three French Horns. There are two alto saxes, and one tenor sax. The bari sax is only used on certain pieces, and a clarinet player moves over to bari for those works. The band only uses two full-time percussionists, so members of the trumpet section (there are five) rotate in to help as needed. Percussionists: you might notice that the timpani are set up in reverse order (high drums on the left). Germany and Austria are the only two countries in the world that have this tradition.
I was introduced to the band just before their break, and I then spent some time with the conductor. He offered to have the band perform a special clinic/concert for the District 99 Honors Band in June of 2008! I of course said "yes," and told him that I thought our students would really enjoy the chance to hear them perform. Interestingly, in looking at his musical scores, I noticed that he used the same score-marking system (specific colors and symbols) that I learned at Northwestern University. In speaking with him (Mr. Schiffer served as our translator) I learned that his conducting mentor once studies with my conducting mentor - Mr. Paynter. It was a very special "It's A Small World" moment.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Spring Break. See you soon,
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
The video clip below is of the band being conducted in rehearsal by Conductor Julia Schlag.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Congratulations to the members of the DGN Winter Guard who have qualified for the IDTA State Competition in both the Tall Flag and Lyrical Flag categories. At the super sectional competition the Winter Guard came in third place for Lyrical Flag and second place for Tall Flag. We wish the team the very best as they prepare now for State!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
We are pleased to announce that you may now subscribe, via iTunes (or similar) to our North High Bands Podcast.
Open iTues, select the "Advanced" tab, and then select "Subscribe to Podcast." Paste the following URL into the text box, and you're all set!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The North High School Jazz Ensemble opened for the Jim Guter Big Band on Sunday, January 28 at FitzGerald's Nightclub. The members of the Jazz Ensemble were honored to play at this legendary establishment, and we thank Mr. Guter for the kind invitation to open for his band.
Mrs. Guter (North High Music faculty member) was also on hand, and displayed some wonderful dance steps in the second set!
Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Ensemble for a fine performance.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The North High School Jazz Program enjoyed great success at the 2007 Purdue University Jazz Festival. For the first time in the school's history, all three performing ensembles garnered "Division I" recognition in the same year.
The DGN Jazz Combo won 1st place "honor band" status. The Combo also won the "Judges Award" for their competition room. JJ Jehangir (drums) and Rusty Jehangir (trombone) garnered outstanding solo recognition, and Rusty Jehangir was named Outstanding Soloist for the day in the Combo division.
The DGN Jazz Lab Band won 1st place "honor band" status as well, in their particular competition room. Outstanding solo recognition included Michael Walser (saxophone), Ben Tullis (flute), Sebastian Garcia (bass), Rudy Rendek (guitar) and Hannah Shatzer (piano). Additionally, Sebastian Garcia was one of two students recognized as "Outstanding Soloist" for the entire day.
The DGN Jazz Ensemble received the "Outstanding Performance" award in the Loeb Playhouse competition venue. Their average score of 95 was the highest score the band has ever attained at this prestigious Midwest festival. Outstanding solo recognition included Zach Wetta (flute), David Musselman (saxophone), Alex Binek (trumpet), and Rusty Jehangir (trombone). Additionally, Rusty Jehangir was one of two students recognized as"Outstanding Soloist" for the entire day.
Congratulations to all the DGN Jazz musicians for an outstanding weekend of jazz and many great musical accomplishments.
Friday, January 19, 2007
DGN welcomed alumnus Nick Mazzarella (Class of 2002) back to campus on January 12th for the annual "Jazz Cafe" concert. A graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Jazz Performance, Mr. Mazzarella is a freelance performer/artist in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Creativity points were awarded to Al and Zach for showing up at Mr. Teague's home tonight to attempt their scale test for the Semester I final. Jazz Ensemble students, who have had two months to find Mr. Teague (preferably at school) to complete this test, are now resorting to 'unconventional forms' of performance based assessment.
P.S. If anyone else tries this ... points will be deducted for being a copy-cat. :-)
P.P.S. Miles really enjoyed getting to stay up a little later ...