Tuesday, January 26, 2010

17 Soloists Honored by Judges at 2010 Purdue Jazz Festival


Members of the Downers Grove North High School Jazz Bands took their show on the road this past weekend, participating in the 20th Annual Purdue University Jazz Festival. The Purdue festival, which draws outstanding high school jazz programs from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, began on Friday, January 22 with a concert featuring the Dave Holland Quintet and continued all day Saturday, January 23 with hundreds of student musicians performing for panels of internationally recognized jazz musicians.




The DGN Jazz Ensemble performed in the Loeb Playhouse and earned a Division I rating.  Six students garnering Outstanding Soloist awards.  Congratulations to Caroline Hlohowskyj (trumpet/flugel horn),  Zach Schneeweis (trombone), Bryn Sitkiewicz (trombone), Nolan Schillerstrom (guitar),  and Michael Walser (alto sax).

The DGN Jazz Lab Band performed in the North Ballroom and earned a Division II rating.  Congratulations to Jim Blair (tenor sax), John Janke (guitar), Michael Garritano (trumpet), Sam O'Neil (trumpet), and James Tandaric (bass) for earning Outstanding Soloist awards from the adjudiators.


The DGN Jazz Combo performed in the Faculty Lounge, earning a Division II rating.  All six members of the combo were recognized by the judging panel as outstanding musicians and soloists.  Congratulations to Joseph DePeder (tenor sax), Michael Walser (alto sax), Bryn Sitkiewicz (trombone), Nicholas Goergen (drums), Rudy Rendeck (bass) and Nolan Schillerstrom (guitar).

"Our students enjoy the opportunity to attend this great Jazz Festival each year because we have the chance to hear so many wonderful jazz ensembles and soloists.  Having 17 students recognized with Outstanding Soloist awards is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our North High students. " said department chairperson and director Brayer Teague.

Come and hear the award winning DGN and DGS jazz groups on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS auditorium as they share the stage with the renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble with guest artist John Fedchock. Tickets are available at the door.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Virtuoso Julian Bliss Visits DGN


World renown clarinet virtuoso, twenty-year old Julian Bliss (www.julianbliss.com) appeared this afternoon at DGN for a Master-Class sponsored by BandSource.  North High instrumentalists, along with many other students from around the Chicago area, turned out to hear Mr. Bliss play his new line of clarinets and hear him speak about his experiences with major orchestras all over the world.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pep Band

Nearly 100 band members volunteered for the Pep Band's first
performance of the decade.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jazz Cafe 2010 "Come Fly With Me"

Images of Jazz Cafe 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

DGN band students may remember Greg Pattillo doing a concert at North High last year.

Happy New Year from Mr. Teague and Mr. Miller to all band students and their families!




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