Friday, August 24, 2012

Triumphant Trojans

Congratulations to the Trojan Marching Band and Athenas on a fantastic opening game performance tonight on Carsten's Field.

Congratulations as well to our Trojan Varsity Football Team on their 27-7 victory over Lockport Township High School.

Game Day!

"Beat Lockport Game Day" Schedule

The Trojan Marching Band makes it's debut performance of the 2012 season tonight, on Carsten's Field, at the Varsity Football Home Opener vs. Lockport Township High School.  Here's the report/performance schedule for Friday, August 24:

5:00 PM - Leadership Team sets practice field.

5:15 PM - Marching Band members report to Band Room, in casual uniform (see below).  Instructions for organizing flip-folders for tonight's performance will be provided.

5:30 PM - Marching warm-up and final run-throughs on practice field.
6:10 PM - Indoor music warm-up / Mr. Miller's "legendary" Football 101 Talk
6:30 PM - Break
6:40 PM - Line Up in Field House / Spirit Session
7:00 PM (approx) - Enter Stadium for Pre-Game track march.
7:20 PM (approx) - Pre Game Performance
7:30 PM - Kick Off
8:15 PM (approx) - Half Time Performance
9:30 PM (approx) - Post Game Performance / March to the Field House
9:45 PM (approx) - Traditional Dismissal

CASUAL UNIFORM:  Black marching band cap, 2012 marching band t-shirt, shorts (black, white, silver or neutral color combination), tennis shoes.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

No Band Camp This Morning

This message is a courtesy reminder that today's band schedule is 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  There is no morning or early afternoon practice today.
We also thought that, after yesterday's hot/sunny rehearsal in the stadium, you would appreciation this image.  Photo credit: Maddy Cihak.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hawkeye Marching Band to appear @ DGN

The University of Iowa "Hawkeye" Marching Band, one of the premiere marching ensembles in the Big Ten Conference, will be appearing in District 99 at North High School in an open rehearsal on Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.  The rehearsal is in preparation for a late afternoon game at Soldier Field in which the Hawkeyes will battle the Huskies of Northern Illinois University.  The rehearsal is an "open rehearsal," free to the public.  The public is invited to experience the sights and sounds of this fabulous Big-Ten marching ensemble.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Coach

This morning the 2012 Trojan Marching Band welcomed Head Football
Coach John Wander to practice. Coach Wander gave the band a preview of
the season to come and thanked band members for their hard work,
dedication, and support of North High. "There is no place quite like
North High anywhere in the state," explained Coach Wander. "We really
appreciate the support our band gives the football team, and we are
here to support you."

Earlier in the morning Mr. Miller addressed the Varsity Football Team
in the Stadium. "We have a long and proud tradition of supporting one
another, and we are geared up and ready to follow you through the
playoffs this year!"

Taking Shape

Band Camp N -

Monday, August 20, 2012

New Spirit Leaders

Tonight the DGN Trojan Marching Band elected three students to the
honored position of "Spirit Leader." Congrats to Lauren Barbato,
Cameron Nichols, and Joe Vitti.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Band Camp Images - Saturday

Runaway Baby

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome Back Formers!

It's a beautiful and unseasonably cool night on Carsten's Field. It's GREAT to have the full band back "in the house!"

The hard work demonstrated this evening is a clear indication that the 2012 Trojan Marching Band is primed for a terrific season.

Section Colors for Thursday Night Band Camp

ALL marching band members are asked to participate in tonight's Band Camp "spirit night" by wearing the following ...

Flutes - Red
Clarinets - Yellow
Saxes - Green
Trumpets - Blue
Mellophones - Orange
Low Brass - White
Percussion - Black
Guard - Pink

Don't Rain On My Parade

Amidst the worst national drought in 50 years, the rains arrived today at exactly 8 AM as Band Camp 2012 kicked off. Despite the meteorological set-back, the Trojan Marching Band is off to a terrific start. New members and student leaders are working this morning in the field house, learning marching fundamentals. Tonight we welcome back the entire band!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Band Camp Starts Tomorrow for Everyone!

Band Camp 2012 (for DGN Marching Band Members ... as well as 'Sports Exemption' students who are traveling with the band to Florida for the Thanksgiving tour) begins tomorrow!  Here, as a reminder, is the schedule.

* Special Note: all marching band members are at camp tomorrow, including returning members.  Please read the schedule below carefully!

8:00 AM:  All new students to the DGN Trojan Marching Band report for Band Camp.  Report to the Band Room (142) by 7:55 AM.

12:00 noon:  Afternoon break.

5:00 PM:  All marching band members report for camp.  In addition, any student who is 'Sports Exemption' - but is scheduled to travel with the band to Florida for the Thanksgiving tour - should also report for the evening practice.

9:00 PM:  Dismissed.

Please wear closed-toe tennis shoes, with socks, to all marching band practices.  For your safety, no sandals or flip-flops of any kind are permissible.

If you have any questions about the Band Camp schedule, please first refer to the documents posted on our web-page/blog (  99% of your questions can be answered through this resource.  If you have specific questions that are not covered in the online resources, please email Mr. Miller, or Mr. Teague.

We look forward to the start of a terrific year!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Band Leaders @ Lincoln Marsh Ropes Course

The Trojan Marching Band Student Leadership Team is working hard this morning at the Lincoln Marsh Ropes & Teams Course in Wheaton, IL.

28 student leaders are preparing to lead over 200 peers as Band Camp 2012 will open on Thursday morning of this week.

Congrats and thanks to these talented students!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Congrats Alumnus Jesse Backes

Congratulations to DGN Alumnus and former Trojan Marching Band Drum Line Captain, Jesse Backes, on a terrific performance tonight at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Tonight's competition at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is the culminating event of a very lengthy and physically taxing competition season. We salute Jesse for his hard work and dedication to the marching arts through his affiliation with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.