Thursday, May 28, 2015

Class of 2015 - Wind Ensemble Send Off

This is how 6th period said "thanks and farewell" to the Class of 2015 ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jazz In The Park 2015 #99Learns

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGS Jazz Workshop, DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGS Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Ensemble, DGS Jazz Ensemble, and the D99 All Star Band for their terrific performances at the 2015 "Jazz In The Park."  The inclement weather outside had no impact on the spirited and energetic performances of these fine ensembles.  Each band delighted the audience with a diverse set of repertoire that highlighted the depth and breath of musical learning this academic year.  Well done DGN and DGS musicians!












Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jazz In The Park Change of Venue

Due to saturated ground conditions at Fishel Park, and the uncertainty of future storms this evening, the Downers Grove Park District and District 99 have relocated this evening’s “Jazz In The Park” to the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High School (4436 Main Street). 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring The Fallen - Memorial Day 2015 #99Learns

A very genuine thank you is extended to the members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for their musical service to the communities of Downers Grove and Woodridge today. Moreover, the sound and visuals of the band honored those we remember on this Memorial Day in a respectful and meaningful manner.

Congratulations DGN Band on a "job well done" today, and for serving your community with dignity on Memorial Day 2015.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Performance Schedule & Reminders

Schedule …
8:00 AM   Drum Line Report to North High.  Load instruments on bus and depart for Woodridge VFW parade (Fire Station #2).  Drum Line will march in Woodridge, and then bus to DG and meet Winds and Guard for DG Parade.

8:30 AM  Winds/Guard Report to North High.
Section rehearsals and then Parade practice on the track.

9:00 AM  Drum Line steps off from Woodridge Fire Station for Woodridge parade.

9:45 AM  Winds/Guard Load buses and depart for parade.
                                Drum Line loads bus and transfers to DG parade.

10:45 AM  Parade steps off at DG Train Station and heads south to Fishel Park Band Shell. 

11:00 AM  Ceremony in Fishel Park.

11:30 AM  Load buses and return to North High.  Turn in Purple Polo shirts (Winds).

12:00 noon  Dismissed (after all materials are checked in and accounted for).

ALL WINDS & PERCUSSION:  Report in Black pants (with belt for gentlemen), black marching band shoes, black socks, and 2014 "NY State of Mind" Marching Band shirt.

WINDS:  Most sections will be given a Purple Polo shirt to wear for the performance. You should arrive in in your Marching Band T-shirt to wear under the Purple Polo.

PERCUSSION:  You should report wearing the 2014 Marching Band T-Shirt. 

COLOR GUARD:  Will wear their standard uniform.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Graduation Concert #99Learns @dgnbands @dgnchoirs

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN A Cappella Choir and the DGN Wind Ensemble for a tremendous Graduation Concert this evening!

Special kudos are extended to Senior Soloists Kevin Atwater and Jennifer Vetrone for their inspiring performances and exemplary musicianship.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wind Ensemble to perform at 2015 "Graduation Concert" Thursday Night

The DGN Fine Arts Department is proud to present the 2015 Graduation Concert, featuring the A Cappella Choir and Wind Ensemble, on Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 PM.  The concert will be held in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High and is free of charge.

Please join us as we salute the Class of 2015 with a wonderful program of choral and instrumental music.  Senior Soloists will include Kevin Atwater (clarinet) and Jennifer Vetrone (trumpet).

The concert will be streamed live on The Cube.  Click here to be redirected to the broadcast.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2015-16 DGN Color Guard Announced

Thank you to all of the students who auditioned for the DGN Color Guard. We truly appreciate the time and energy that many students put into the clinic and audition process.

Students selected (listed below) are asked to monitor both e-mail - and this web page - closely for information about upcoming Summer practices. 

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to the 2015-16 squad:

  • Ashley Baldwin
  • Grace Carlson
  • Rose Carlson
  • Deanna Conklin
  • Sophia DiIorio
  • Alison Elgass
  • Olivia Featherstone
  • Natalie Flynn
  • Alexa Franks
  • Leslie Garcia
  • Wendy Goes
  • Carrie Gorman
  • Emily Grigg
  • Emily Heppner
  • Kathryn Hilt
  • Rachel Jeske
  • Gina Kowalewicz
  • Lindsey LeBeda
  • Chloe Orona
  • Allison Palmer
  • Blair Steele
  • Nicole Smetana
  • Amanda Smith
  • Rebecca Sprague

D99 All-Star Jazz Band @DGNFineArts @DGSFineArts #99Learns

@dgnbands & @dgsbands jazzers are collaborating today in preparation for the 2015 Jazz In The Park Concert.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Band Banquet 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Banquet Set Up Crew Thanks!

Thanks is extended to our amazing student volunteers for their wonderful help this afternoon decorating the Willowbrook Ballroom. You are the best!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

@dgnbands Spring Band Concert 2015

Congratulations to all the members of the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band for a terrific performance in the 2015 Spring Band Concert!  

Special congratulations are extended to senior soloists Elizabeth Heyler and Robert O'Malley, as well as guest cello soloist Samantha Young.











@dgnbands Presents the 2015 Spring Band Concert Tonight!

The DGN Bands will present their 2015 Spring Band Concert tonight at 7 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium.  Come out to support the members of the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band, as well as Senior Soloists Elizabeth Heyler (Flute) and Robert O'Malley (Timpani).  The concert is free, and open to the public.

The concert will be streamed live for out-of-town family & friends here.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

2015-16 DGN Band Course Placements

Many very dedicated DGN Band students spent many hours preparing materials for Band Course Placement auditions. "Thanks" is extended to those students for their dedication to music and the arts.  More importantly, we congratulate them for continuing to improve their musical skills.  We are very much looking forward to working with these fine ensembles next year.

Seating audition results have now been posted, and may be found here for your convenience.

Please read the cover-letter for additional details about the audition process, and opportunities for balancing instrumentation within our ensembles.

Flower Sale 2015 @dgnfinearts

Thanks to our amazing volunteer parents and students for organizing the 2015 DGN Fine Arts Boosters Flower Sale. We appreciate all of your assistance and volunteerism in support of the @dgnfinearts programs.

Special thanks is extended to Wendee Greene & Jennifer Behnke, our co-chairs, for their dedication to running this year's sale. Great job ladies!