Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015-16 DGN Color Guard Clinic & Auditions Announced!

Please click here for detailed information about the 2015-16 DGN Color Guard Auditions.

We are holding an informational meeting and clinic help-session on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  Auditions will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

The DGN Color Guard is an award-winning section of the Downers Grove North High School Trojan Marching Band. While many of our Color Guard students are enrolled concurrently in the band program, membership in the DGN Bands is not a prerequisite for membership in the Color Guard.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Winter Guard Impresses Once Again!

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard on another outstanding performance today at the Carl Sandburg High School Winter Guard Festival.  The team continues to impress audiences and judges alike.  Way to go ladies!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

11th Annual Children's Outreach Concert

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Bands who performed this afternoon in the 11th Annual Children's Outreach Concert.  Over 1,000 Elementary school students were in attendance!









Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Band Concert - Musical Homecoming

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Bands for their performance this evening in the March Band Concert.  Following their successful New York Tour, the members of the  Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble each played with strong musicianship and artistry.  

A special thanks is extended to Evan Culligan & Hannah Thompson (narrators) as well as guest conductor and soloist Dr. Thomas Bough from Northern Illinois University.  









Tonight's Band Concert to feature Dr. Thomas Bough

Dr. Thomas Bough, Professor of Music from Northern Illinois University, will be featured as tuba soloist and guest conductor at this evening's March Band Concert.  Professor Bough has been on campus today working with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble in preparation for tonight's concert.

Out of town family and friends, who would like to attend the concert virtually, the concert will be webcast here on High School Cube.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Winter Guard Takes 4th at Cavaliers / Batavia Competition

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Winter Guard for their 4th place finish at this weekend's competition held at Batavia High School and sponsored by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

The Winter Guard continues to improve scores each week, and is showing tremendous growth as a performing unit.  With championships just two weeks away, the competitive season is quickly drawing to a close.

We extend best wishes to the Winter Guard in their final two weeks of the competition season!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Congratulations Pit Orchestra!

Congrats Pit Orchestra!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Think Summer!

Living in the Midwest, we are fortunate to have close proximity to a myriad of summer student opportunities in both visual art and music.  Students can intently focus on their passions and expand their horizons by participating in these experiences.

The DGN Fine Arts Boosters provides a process to apply for summer study as do many other community and civic organizations.  A list of summer study experiences has been created in an effort to centrally locate this information for students and families.  As always, please consult with your teacher when seeking to find the summer study experience best suited for you.

Information about summer study experiences can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

2015 Summer Study Experiences 

Monday, March 09, 2015

Downers Grove North Musicians Find Solo & Ensemble Success at State Contest!

Downers Grove North High School student musicians participated in the Illinois High School Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 7, 2015.

59 students from Downers Grove North High School earned 72 Division I ratings of SUPERIOR.  A Division I score is categorized as “A Superior Performance – outstanding in nearly every detail.”  In addition, 20 students from Downers Grove North High School earned 21 Division II ratings of OUTSTANDING.  A Division II score is categorized as “An excellent performance – only minor defects.”

“Preparing for a Solo and Ensemble contest is a great opportunity for our students to express their individualism as soloists and to develop team-work skills with small ensembles,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chair at North High.  “We’re very proud of all our students who entered the state contest this year.  They did a terrific job representing North High with their musicianship.”

Seven North High student musicians received perfect scores at the State Contest.
Lauren Birkmeier, Danie Brethauer, Jen Casey, Tim Edwards, Todd Griffin, Hannah Kutchek, and Kadance Taba earned perfect marks from the judges. 

Five North High events (encompassing seven musicians) received a “Best of Day Award” for garnering the highest achievement score in their event room.  Vocal soloist Keara Corbett, Clarinet soloist Kevin Atwater, Cello Soloist Tim Edwards, Euphonium soloist Jen Casey, and a String Quartet of Seth Collins, Bryan Monk, Matt Monk, and Abby Pfeiffer were all recognized by judges to be the most outstanding performers of the day in their performance venues. 

The following North High Music Events received a “Division I—Superior” rating:

Kevin Atwater – Clarinet – BEST OF DAY
Belle Banke – Percussion Ensemble
Jack Barkei – String Ensemble (2)
Lauren Birkmeier – Euphonium – Perfect score
Alyse Bondarowicz – Flute (1) & Saxophone Ensemble (1)
Daniel Brethauer – Trombone – Perfect score
Allie Casey – Flute
Jen Casey – Euphonium – Perfect score / BEST OF DAY
Elise Cismesia – Female Voice
Seth Collins – String Ensemble – BEST OF DAY
Patrick Connery – Tuba Ensemble
Keara Corbett – Female Voice – BEST OF DAY
Ben Cortez – Trumpet
Evan Culligan – Alto Saxophone (1) & Saxophone Ensemble (1)
Maria D’Ambrose – Oboe
Katie Donnelly – Alto Saxophone
Tim Edwards – Cello – Perfect score / BEST OF DAY (1) & String Ensemble (1)
Alison Elgass – Bass Clarinet
Jamie Gamonez – Female Voice
Robert Gartlan – Male Voice
Ben Goedert – Male Voice
Kevin Griffin – Trombone 
Todd Griffin – Tuba – Perfect score (1) & Tuba Ensemble (1)
Emily Heppner – Violin
Elizabeth Heyler – Flute
Megan Hung – Clarinet
Tatiana Jordan – Violin (1) & String Ensemble (2)
Allison Kirkegaard – Female Voice (1) & Treble Ensemble (1)
Ryan Knezevich – Trombone
Eirene Kowal – Marimba
Cecilia Kowara – Female Voice
Hannah Kutchek – Flute – Perfect score
Jack Langan – Male Voice
Julija Lemenaite – Violin
Marissa Leo – Treble Ensemble
Monica Lim – String Ensemble (2)
Emily Little – Trombone
Kaylee McCarthy – Trombone
Matt McCoy – Saxophone Ensemble
Anthony McMahon – Saxophone Ensemble
Adam Mills – Trombone
Bryan Monk – Violin (1) & String Ensemble (1) – BEST OF DAY
Matt Monk – Cello (1) & String Ensemble (2) – BEST OF DAY
Liam Morgan – Cello
Lauren O’Neil – Violin
Nick Pantazopoulos – String Ensemble
Jeremy Pike – French Horn
Abby Pfeiffer – String Ensemble – BEST OF DAY
Kaleb Pfotenhauer – String Ensemble
Brendan Quealy – Male Voice
Nate Rapach – Trumpet
Caleb Schmurr – Trombone
Allie Sheetz – Flute
Amelia Smerz – Cello
Kadance Taba – Tuba (1) – Perfect score & Tuba Ensemble (1)
Jennifer Vetrone – Trumpet
Emily Wilson – Percussion Ensemble
Bre Yano – Flute
Fred Zimmerman – Male Voice

The following North High Music Events received a “Division II—Excellent” rating:

David Atwater - Horn Ensemble
Jack Barkei – Viola
Cassandra Broholm – Horn Ensemble
Arianna Calleja – Trumpet
Fiona Cismesia – Violin
Becky Donnelly – Flute
Georgia Gregory – Horn Ensemble
Gavin Harker – Trumpet
Beth Jensen – String Ensemble
Tatiana Jordan – Female Voice
Fiona Kelly – Violin
Gina Kowalewicz – Flute
Marissa Leo – Female Voice
Madi Lynch – Violin (1) & String Ensemble (1)
Elizabeth McNamara – Female Voice
Maggie Nevrly – Viola
Nick Pantazopoulos – Violin
Kaleb Pfotenhauer – Violin
Chandana Sooranahalli – String Ensemble
Samantha Young – Cello

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Monday in Manhattan - DGN Band Tour Day 4 (Carnegie Hall)

Sometimes words are simply insufficient and inadequate.  Monday at Carnegie Hall was such a day. 
















































Sunday in Manhattan - DGN Band Tour Day 3

Day 3 of the DGN Band Tour began with a tour of Central Park, including the Strawberry Fields and the "Imagine" mosaic that is a tribute to the late John Lennon.  

Students continued their tour of Manhattan by coach bus with local guides, ending at the Circle Line pier.  From here students boarded a ship and headed down the Hudson River for spectacular views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Our afternoon was spent at the theatre, as students attended one of two musicals: Aladdin and Matilda.  

Evening included group photos in Times Square and a magnificent meal at the Marriott Marquee - Times Square.