Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Marching Band Video on DGN Fine Arts YouTube Channel

Pre Game and Halftime video from August 27 is now posted.

Click here to be redirected to the DGN Fine Arts YouTube Channel.

Walls of Sound

Congratulations to the Trojan Marching Band for an impressive opening performance on Friday night. The musicianship, energy and spirit of the membership was evident throughout the evening.

(Photography by Colleen Hoppestad.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Season Opener Friday Night!

The 2010 Trojan Marching Band spent Thursday night preparing for the season opener. North opens it's football season Friday night as the Trojans take on the Porters of Lockport High School.
The Trojan Marching Band will enter the stadium Friday night at approximately 7:10 pm., parade the track, and perform a Pre-Game show at 7:25 p.m. The half-time performance will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.
(Photography by Colleen Hoppestad.)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Purple & White Preview Show

Camp Video from the Field

Friday Morning at Camp

Preview Show Tonight!

The Trojan Marching Band has been hard at work this week preparing for tonight's "Preview Show!" The band will perform in the stands of the football scrimmage tonight from approximately 5:15 - 5:45 pm. Following the stands performance, students will assemble on the practice field where parents, family and friends are invited to watch marching demonstrations and a preview of our "Pre Game Show" at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Coach Wander Welcomes the Marching Band

Coach John Wander addressed the 2010 Trojan Marching Band at last night's practice, stating "The relationship between our band and our team is special. You just don't find it anywhere else. They should do a 60-minutes special about it, because it's an incredible thing."

DGN Bands Text Alert System - Sign up!

Bad weather. Change in rehearsal times. Reminders about what to bring. These are all things that need a timely delivery system, and nothing these days beats a text message since nearly everyone is carrying a phone. We are currently piloting a text system with the marching band, and all band students and parents are welcome to subscribe. No accounts needed, very simple:


1. Send a text (SMS message) to: 40404

2. In the message body type this exactly:  follow @dgnbands

Note: it is important that you leave a space between the word "follow" and the "@dgnbands".

You will get a response that invites you to open an account for more flexibility. You may simply ignore this.

Now, anytime the staff sends an update, you will receive a text. Couldn't be easier.

To unsubscribe:

1. In the address of your text: 40404

2. In the message body:  unfollow @dgnbands

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Welcome back "Formers"!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Band Camp 2010

Band Camp 2010 opened today as DGN greeted over 50 new members of the "Trojan" Marching Band!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Percussion & Guard Mini-Camps

Members of the Percussion and Color Guard sections kicked-off Band Camp 2010 this weekend with mini-camps. Led by instructors Mark Botti (percussion) and Emily Rivera (Color Guard) students are on campus preparing for the upcoming marching band season.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Leadership Training Workshop


Led by Fine Arts teacher Bill Miller, 30 North High Band students are on campus this week exploring strategies for effective leadership.  Today's activities have included 'live blogging' by students as they set goals for the upcoming season and an activity where - working in small teams - students linked their views of leadership to "Heroes" from society and produced multi-media presentations to share with their peers.

"It's wonderful to be back on campus and working with these talented student leaders," said Bill Miller.  Drum major Elizabeth Meier (senior) added, "I'm very excited to gain new perspectives about student leadership. This should be a great week, and an amazing marching band season."

Monday, August 09, 2010

D99 Marching Band Wins CJ Shoemaker Award

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Bill Miller (DGN) and Glenn Williams (DGS) attended the Downers Grove City Council meeting to accept a special award on behalf of the students and staff members from both campuses.

Members of the District 99 Marching Band earned the CJ Shoemaker Award from Downers Grove Major Ron Sandack for their performance in the 2010 Downers Grove Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2010. Students from North and South combine 
annually for this community performance.


Congratulations to the student musicians from both campuses on this recognition for an outstanding performance!

Leadership Team Training Underway!