Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jazz In The Park

Congratulations to the DGN and DGS jazz bands for a terrific
performance this evening in Fishel Park.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Band Banquet Set Up Crew

Great appreciation and thanks is extended to the students who helped
with the all-afternoon set-up of the 2010 Band Banquet. We couldn't
have done it without you!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Band Banquet Tonight

The 2010 Band Banquet is tonight at the historic Willowbrook
Ballroom. We are looking forward to celebrating with nearly 400
members of the Band family!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuning Up for a World Premiere

The members of the Wind Ensemble worked with composer Don Owens after school today in preparation for tomorrow night's 'Graduation Concert.'  The Wind Ensemble will present the World Premiere performance of Triple Set (2010), a 22 minute, three-movement work that features three solo percussion 'sets' - and harp - along with the full forces of the contemporary wind band.

"Working with a composer is alway exciting, but having the chance to premiere an original composition that was written especially for this group of students is a wonderful opportunity for the members of the Wind Ensemble," said Fine Arts Department Chairperson Brayer Teague.

Featured soloists in the triple-concerto include Michelle Hsu (sophomore), Emma Sassano (senior) and Isaac Stevenson (junior).  The solo harp part will be performed by Hannah Young (sophomore).  Each of these four students have been working directly with the composer for over six months in preparation for the premiere.

"I've shown the musical score to colleagues all over the world, and the reaction is similar each time someone looks at the music.  They say, 'I can't believe a high school ensemble can play it," mused composer Don Owens as he addressed the musicians on stage during the final dress rehearsal.  "You have my deepest admiration and respect for all the time and energy you have put into realizing this music."

The Graduation Concert will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Graduation Concert this Thursday!

The end of the school year is so very close. The Prom is in your rear-view mirror, and the band can be heard rehearsing 'Pomp and Circumstance' down the hallway. Soon the Class of 2010 will march through Commencement in their flowing purple and white gowns. But BEFORE we get ahead of ourselves, let's not forget the annual DGN "Graduation Concert," featuring the members of the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble!

The Graduation Concert will be held this Thursday, May 20, at 7 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Come hear the amazing sounds of the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble as we honor the Class of 2010. The program will feature several special musical highlights, including senior soloist Joe Garcia, the World Premiere of a special composition written especially for the North High Bands and guest-conducted by composer Don Owens, and an exciting performance of the powerful "Sinfonia Voci" which was composed to honor the students and faculty of Plainfield High School following the tornado that leveled that school twenty years ago this spring.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to 'send off' the Class of 2010! See you Thursday night at the Graduation Concert!

Monday, May 17, 2010

2010-2011 DGN Color Guard Announced

Thank you to all who auditioned for the DGN Color Guard.  We appreciate everyone's efforts and interest in this section of the Trojan Marching Band.

Congratulations to the members of the 2010-2011 DGN Color Guard:

Lauren Barbato
Teagan Clinton, Co-Captain
Julie Daugherty
Kylie Flannigan
Alex Jaimes
Anna Kowalewicz, Co-Captain
Maria Kowalewicz
Katie Kropp, Co-Captain
Becca Kulik
Marilyn Lauterbach
Rachael Palmer
Megan Sybeldon
Lauren Weisner
Sarah Wilson 

Thursday, May 06, 2010

May Band Concert a Sonic Success!

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Band Percussion Ensemble, and members of the Chamber Winds for an outstanding concert this evening!