Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuba Christmas in Chicago

At least six District 99 low brass musicians attended and performed in the 2011 Tuba Christmas held at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Hundreds of tuba and euphonium players gather here annually to produce some of the most unique and memorable Christmas carols you've ever heard!

Pictured from left to right: Joe Vitti, Marjorie Fera, Alexis Nystedt, and Adam Mills. Not pictured, but performing, were Martin Milan and Ben Casey.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Trumpet Christmas!

Many thanks to the trumpet players (and percussionist) who just paid a visit to the Miller household to do some caroling.  They sounded great!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa's Elves At Work!

North High Band, Choir and Orchestra students raised over $1,800 in
support of our school-wide "Giving Tree" program.

Thanks to all who contributed funds, shopped for presents, and wrapped gifts!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

DGN & DGS Jazzers Join Forces at Bonfield Express

An incredibly talented "mega jazz combo" made up of ten District 99 instrumentalists performed this morning at the Bonfield Express 5K in downtown Downers Grove. A record breaking field of over 5,100 runners/walkers enjoyed the fabulous sounds of North & South High musicians as they crossed the finish line.

Way to go Mustangs & Trojans!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DGN Jazz Opens For Pete Ellman Big Band

Congrats to the DGN Jazz Ensemble for a fabulous performance in Naperville tonight. Opening for the Pete Ellman Big Band, the Jazz Ensemble wowed listeners with an exciting 50 minute set.

Friday, November 18, 2011

DGN Jazz & Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Today the members of the DGN Jazz Ensemble, and the Lyons Township High School Jazz Ensemble, spent an amazing afternoon and evening with members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.  The clinics, sponsored by the College of DuPage, provided our students with incredible personal access to many of the most talented and sought-after jazz artists in the nation.

North High should feel proud of the way in which our student musicians represented the DGN Fine Arts Department.  The members of the SJMO were highly complimentary of the musicianship demonstrated this afternoon in our exhibition performance.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Band Concert

Congratulations to the members of the Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble on a great concert this evening!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Backstage at the DGN Fall Band Invitational

Congrats to the members of the DGN Jazz Ensemble, DGN Wind Ensemble, Jefferson Junior High Symphonic Winds, and the Westview Hills Middle School Band for amazing performances tonight! Each band offered the audience a musical performance filled with great variety and artistry.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

IMEA District Jazz Fest Today!

Select DGN jazz musicians are immersed in a terrific day of jazz music at the IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival. Our eight honored students, selected through competitive audition, are enjoying a day of learning with some of the most respected music educators in the nation.

If you are looking for a great jazz concert today, head down to Rich South High School. The bands start swingin' at 3:00 pm!

Location:Meadow Lake Dr,Richton Park,United States

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

DGN Musicians Support Cancer Research

Congratulations to the DGN student musicians (and their families) that raised over $10,000 this past week for St. Baldricks and LUNGevity!! We are very proud of, and humbled by, the generosity of the DGN community. Way to go Trojans!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

DGN Music Students Raise Money For Cancer Research

Music students at DGN have been working hard over the past week to raise funds for two worthy philanthropic organizations that support cancer research: St. Baldrick's, and LUNGevity.

This morning, in Naperville, a team of DGN Band students participated in a 'walk' to raise money for LUNGevity.  As of this last night, nearly $4,000.00 had been raised by the student-organized "Band Geeks Unite"team.

Through online pledges and in-class donations, the DGN Band has raised over $5,000 for the St. Baldrick's 'shave' that is to take place this coming Tuesday.  

Contributions are continuing to come in, and it is expected that DGN music families will have raised over $10,000.00 within the next several days.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has participated in support of this worthy cause!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Trojan Marching Band Class of 2012

This evening marked the final football season performance of the 2011-2012 Trojan Marching Band. Congratulations and thank you to the Class of 2012 for your dedication, passion, and musical excellence. You have all had a significant and meaningful impact on the legacy of our program, and you will be missed!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marching Band Showcases Musical Excellence

Congratulations to the 185 member Trojan Marching Band on a FANTASTIC Band O Rama concert! The band 'wowed' the audience with their musicianship and spirit as they performed nearly 30 pieces of music in just under one hour.

The 2011 Trojan Marching Band upheld a tradition of excellence that has become the hallmark of the band program at DGN. Well done Trojan Marching Band!

Band O Rama Tonight!!

Don't miss the color, pageantry, and sounds of Band O Rama 2011! Thursday night - 7 pm - Johnson Auditorium. Come catch the Trojan Band, and enjoy the sounds of the 2011 football season!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Community Service

Tonight DGN Band member Brett Latman played 'Taps' and the 'Star Spangled Banner' at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle as a part of the the Firefighters Silent Parade and Memorial Service. Thanks Brett for your volunteer service to the community!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Homecoming 2011

It's an exciting day at DGN! Homecoming 2011 is in full swing.

The Trojan Marching Band was featured in multiple performances during this afternoon's assembly program.

Congrats to the Color Guard and Drum Line for their outstanding routines!

Six DGN Band members were nominated to the Homecoming Court this year, including (L to R) Senior King Candidate Stephen Shatzer, Senior Queen Candidate Anna Krainc, Junior Attendant Winner Jim Burke, and Junior Attendant Winner Amanda Nagy. (Not pictured are Senior King Candidate Brendan McBride and Sophomore Attendant Candidate Mandy Gibbons.)

"It was great to see so many community members out on the parade route this afternoon," said Band Director Bill Miller. "I love Homecoming and the chance to see former members of the band!"