Thursday, November 29, 2012

DGN Jazz Ensemble @ Mullen's

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Ensemble on an outstanding performance this evening at Mullen's in Lisle, IL. The band played an exciting set with precision and musical depth. If tonight's performance - and the crowd reaction - are any indication, 2012-13 is going to be filled with many great jazz performances.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Trojan Musicians @ IMEA District 1 Music Festival

44 DGN student musicians are on the campus of West Leyden High School
today for the IMEA District 1 Music Festival.

Congratulations to our amazing students for representing DGN with
poise and class, and for earning this regional honor.

Fall Band Concert - Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band & Symphonic Band

Congratulations to the members of the Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band, and
Symphonic Band for terrific performances this past Thursday night. Way
to go Trojans!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Webcast of DGN Marching Band in Florida

Great news for fans of our DGN Trojan Marching Band!  We learned today that the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands performance will be broadcast on the web, Friday, November 23, at 3:00 pm CST.  The name of the sponsoring website is ''.

Click here for a the link to the webcast.

The broadcast will be available for viewing several months following the performance, so families should not feel as if they have to watch it live.

Rock The Vote! Show the world how great DGN Fine Arts students really are!

Okay Trojans!  Time to ROCK the VOTE!!!

Vote for our DGN Fine Arts video on the ABC-7 website ...

And you can vote TWICE by going to their Facebook page, and choosing our video in their poll ...

Internet Explorer seems to be the best 'browser' to use for voting.  (Chrome may not work.)

You can only vote once per computer terminal (IP addresses are tracked).  But who's to say you couldn't vote today at work ... and then at home again this weekend?  It's the Chicago way, right?!

The winning school will be announced on the ABC-7 Morning Show, Monday at 6:55 a.m.

Help us show the region how great DGN Fine Arts students are!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


DGN Fine Arts Department's 'Good Time' video was featured on ABC-7 television this morning.

Go Trojans!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DGN Fine Arts Video Gaining Momentum ...

Our Fine Arts "It's Always A Good Time" video is over 4,100 views, and climbing!

We learned today that it has been picked up by ABC-7 TV in Chicago, and a portion of the video will be featured on the Morning Show Thursday morning, November 15th, at 6:20 a.m.

ABC-7 has also added the video to a 'viral video / School Spirit' competition.  Votes may only be cast on Friday of this week.  Visit this link to cast your vote Friday.

The Patch ran an article this morning about our video.  You may view it here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall Band Concert Features DGN, Herrick & Gaudete Brass

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Wind Ensemble, DGN Jazz Ensemble, and Herrick Middle School Band for a wonderful concert tonight!

Joining our students on stage tonight were the members of the Gaudete Brass, who performed Shadowcatcher, a Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble.

D99 Jazz Musicians Support D99 Foundation

Students from the North and South Jazz Combos joined forces on Monday night at Tom & Eddie's to perform at a District 99 Education Foundation fundraiser.  The students coordinated their performance collaboratively, and demonstrated through their music the great spirit of District 99.

Thanks are extended to each of these students for their volunteerism in support of District 99!

Fall Band Concerts This Week

Tuesday, November 13: Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and the Herrick Middle School Band. Special guests: Gaudete Brass.

Thursday, November 15: Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band.

Both concerts begin at 7 pm in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Season Culminates in Quarter Finals

The members of the Trojan Marching Band extend heartfelt congratulations to the 2012 Varsity Football Team for an impressive run through the IHSA Playoffs, all the way into the Quarter Finals. "We Love Our Team!"

The DGN Fine Arts Faculty and North High Administration thank the members of the Trojan Marching Band for a wonderfully spirited season, filled with great music and dedicated service to school and community. Best wishes to the band in the final week of preparations leading to the Disney Thanksgiving Parade of Bands.

DGN at the 2012 IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival

DGN was well represented in the 2012 IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Lincoln-Way Central High School. Sixteen student musicians from DGN auditioned into the combo and the four jazz bands. Each ensemble rehearsed during the day with a guest conductor and presented a concert to culminate their learning.

Just over 100 students from more than 40 high schools participated in this event. Including the student musicians from South High School, more than 25% of the total student participation in the festival was from District 99. Literally one in every four students at the festival was from either North or South High School.

Special congratulations to the students below for their selection to the festival this year:

Augustine Calvino (12) Alto Sax
Sebastian Calvino (11) Trombone
Jeremy Craven (11) Trumpet
Charlie Dawes (11) Trombone
Tommy Donnelly (11) Trumpet
Erin Elgass (12) Alto Sax
Justine Hung (11) Piano
Robby Kulik (11) Drums
Brett Latman (12) Trumpet
Kyle Lewandowski (11) Tenor Sax
Nate Little (12) Bari Sax
Sam O’Neil (12) Trumpet
Joe Pacheco (11) Trumpet
Spencer Schillerstrom (11) Tenor Sax
Jennifer Vetrone (10) Trumpet
Joe Vitti (12) Bass Trombone

Saturday, November 10, 2012

IMEA District Jazz Festival

Sixteen DGN jazz instrumentalists, selected for regional honors, are
on the campus of Lincoln-Way Central High School today participating
in rehearsals with the best student musicians in IMEA District 1.

Congratulations to all the Trojans representing the DGN Fine Arts
Department today!

Game Day Wishes

Go Trojans ... BEAT THE REDWINGS!!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Giving Tree Final Totals (2012)

Thanks to the students/families that gave so generously! 

Here are the final totals ...

3rd place ... Symphonic Band:  ($5.67/per person average)

2nd place .... Concert Band:  ($6.23/per person average)

1st place ... Wind Ensemble: ($7.96/per person average)

Total Number of Families we adopted:  3

Fundraising Goal (for 3 days): $1,025 ($5/per person)

Total Money Raised:  $1,338.90 ($6.53/per person average)

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 130% !!!

The terrific news here is two-fold:

1) Each band met the goal of $5/per person.
2) The generosity of the DGN Band will allow us to support an even greater number of children in need this holiday season.  

Thank you for your amazing work!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

New Leader In Giving Tree!

We have late-breaking news!  There is a NEW leader in our Giving Tree Campaign.  Wind Ensemble is NOT in 1st place anymore.  Do you think it's Concert Band?  Do you think it's Symphonic Band?  (We're not telling ...)

What we can tell you is that after 'Day 2' of our giving campaign, we are 75% of the way to our goal!  Currently, as a band family, we have raised $773.39, which is an average giving level of $3.77/per person.

Thanks to the students/families that have already given so generously!  If you have not made a donation yet, you still have one last chance tomorrow.  What can you give up this week that would allow you to consider at $5 donation in support of others?

Currently in 3rd place ... ???:  ($3.32/per person average)

Currently in 2nd place .... ???:  ($4.07/per person average)

Current leader ... ???: ($4.15/per person average)

Total Number of Families we adopted:  3

Total Money Raised (Day 2 of 3):  $773.39 ($3.77/per person average)

Fundraising Goal (for 3 days): $1,025 ($5/per person)

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 75%

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Giving Tree Update - Wednesday

Currently in 3rd place ... Symphonic Band: $72.38 ($0.82/per person average)

Currently in 2nd place .... Concert Band: $47.63 ($0.89/per person average)

Current leader ... Wind Ensemble: $111.48 ($1.74/per person average)

Total Number of Families we adopted:  3

Total Money Raised (Day 1 of 3):  $231.49 ($1.12/per person average)

Fundraising Goal (for 3 days): $1,025 ($5/per person)

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 22%

Monday, November 05, 2012

It's Always A Good Time!

Check out the new Fine Arts Lip Dub.  YouTube will not allow this to be played on mobile devices.  You will need your computer.

Friday, November 02, 2012

2nd Round Victory!

Congrats to the Trojan Football team ... and THANK YOU to the Trojan
Marching Band for a spirited performance tonight on the road!

Good Luck Football Team In Tonight's Playoff Game!