Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jazz Ensemble Blues Brothers Revue #99Learns

The DGN Jazz Ensemble, with special guests Jake & Elwood Blues, opened the 2015 Homecoming Variety Show with an energetic and foot-tappin' Blues Brothers Revue.  A special thanks is extended to Officer Jon Lyerly of the Downers Grove Police Department for his role in arresting Jake & Elwood.

Congratulations to all of the Jazz Ensemble members that worked so hard to memorize the music and choreography; your performance tonight was memorable!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

College Game Day: DGN Alumni Making an Impact!

Erin Elgass (DGN Band Alumnus) was recently interviewed about her responsibilities as Field Commander (Drum Major) of the "Spirit of Gold" Marching Band at Vanderbilt University.  Check out the article here, and see what kind of impact DGN Alumni are making in the college ranks!

Congratulations Erin!

Friday, September 25, 2015

DGN Band Officers and Student Staff

Congratulations to the 2015-16 DGN Band Officers and Student Staff.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homecoming Week Schedule for DGN Trojan Marching Band

Homecoming Week is almost here!  

Homecoming is an exciting time at DGN, and the DGN Trojan Marching Band is an important part of the many traditions that are a part of the celebration.

Please reference the PDF file here for an important schedule of events that involved DGN Marching Band members!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Taking It To The Next Level ...

Many DGN Band alumni take their love of music with them to the college ranks and share their talents with the world on a larger stage.  Here are just a few examples of some familiar faces seen performing with major college Marching Bands this past weekend ...

Tine Greene (DGN '15) performs with the Kansas State University "Pride of Wildcat Land."  The KSU Band was awarded the "Sudler Trophy" this past weekend, which is given to just one college band every two years to honor superior musicianship and marching precision.

Jennifer Vetrone (DGN '15) performs with the trumpet section of the nationally renown "Marching Illini." 

From L-R: Adam Behnke (DGN '15), Gwen Cortez (DGN '14), Lauren Barbato (DGN '14), Robin Younker (DGN '15) and Tommy Donnelly (DGN '14) are all members of the Purdue University "All American Marching Band."

Friday, September 18, 2015

DGN Band Night 2015

Congratulations to the members of the DGN, Herrick, Jefferson, and Westview Hills Bands - as well as the DGN Athenas - for their performance at the 2015 DGN Band Night! Despite inclement weather and a compressed rehearsal schedule, the massed ensemble of 500+ musicians and dancers put on a terrific show for an audience of appreciative family members and fans.

Revised Time Schedule for tonight's Varsity Football Game / Marching Band Performance

The North High School Athletic Department has recently announced a revision in tonight's football game schedule, based on weather forecasts that predict strong storms later in the evening.  The Sophomore game has been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow.  The Varsity game has been moved up to 6:00 PM.

Here is the revised schedule for the Marching Band tonight:

4:45 PM - DGN Band students report and change into full uniform.

5:00 PM - Band students report to Field House for uniform inspection and warm-up.  Middle School / Jr. High Band arrive and join DGN Band in Field House.

5:15 PM - Massed band rehearsal in Field House with Middle School / Jr. High Bands (Shut Up & Dance).

5:30 PM - Drum Line moves to tunnel to bring out team.
5:35 PM - Drum Line brings out team into Stadium

5:40 PM - Track Parade

5:55 PM - Pre Game Show

6:45 PM (estimated) - Half Time Show

8:30 PM (estimated) - Game concludes / students dismissed. *

* Please note that weather delays could extend the schedule.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Coming Soon To A Stadium Near You

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Get involved! DGN Band Board! (Officers & Staff Application Now Available)

Student leadership is a very important part of our success as a band organization, and our current system is the result of a process that has evolved over many years.  There are four different groups of students that will make up the “Band Board.”  They are 1) the Drum Majors, 2) the Band Staff, 3) the Band Officers, and 4) Band Class Representatives.  Each of the groups are explained below.   The Band Board will meet once each month with the directors and will be asked for input on a variety of issues relating to the band activities of North High School.  The Band Board is also in charge of planning the Band Awards Banquet at the end of the school year.

•             Band Officers:  Band officers will be elected Wednesday, September 23.  Offices include:  President and Vice-President.  If you are interested in running for a Band Officer position, please indicate so by visiting the website listed below, and filling out the online interest survey.  You must complete the survey by Saturday, September 19, 2015.

•             Band Class Representatives:  We elect two students from each band class (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble) to represent their peers at Band Board meetings. You must complete the survey by Saturday, September 19, 2015.

•             Band Staff:  Band Staff positions include Music Librarians (one or two for each band class), two Equipment Managers, two Publicity Chairs, and two Historians.  Students interested in any of the above positions should visit the website listed below, and fill out the online interest survey.   You must complete the survey by Saturday, September 19, 2015.

•             Drum Majors:  Are selected through an audition process each Spring.  They are the conduit to the Band Board from the Marching Band Leadership Team.

If you are interested in running for a Band Officer, Band Class Representative, or being considered for a Student Band Staff position, please click this link and complete the online form.  You must be signed-in to Google with your CSD99 credentials to complete the form. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tonight's Marching Practice - ends 8:45 PM

As a reminder, this evenings Marching Band practice will end at 8:45 pm (15 min later than standard) to accommodate the Open House schedule at DGN.

Students who have parents attending Open House are welcome to wait for their parents in the Band Room until the full schedule of Open House ends at 9 pm.

Parents: we look forward to seeing you this evening in your child's schedule band class period!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

DGN Jazz Ensemble / Jazz Lab Band 2015-16

Thank you to each student who participated in the auditions for our 2015-16 DGN Jazz program. We appreciate the effort put forth by each person who prepared materials and expressed an interest in studying jazz music at North High this year.

Class lists may be found by clicking HERE

The first class/rehearsal for each of these bands will take place at 7 AM on Tuesday, September 8.

Congratulations to those students who earned placements through their auditions.

Trojan Marching Band at Northwestern University #99Learns

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for a terrific performance this afternoon at Northwestern University!

Rock On Trojan Marching Band!

Congratulations to the 2015 Trojan Marching Band & Athenas on their season-opening performance at the DGN vs. Proviso East football game.  From start to finish the band represented the school community with class, sportsmanship, and outstanding musicianship.  Well done Trojans!

35 DGN Marching Band Seniors Honored at Football Game

Congratulations to the 35 DGN Marching Band Seniors in the Class or 2016 who were honored at this weekend's home football game. A special "thank you" is extended to the parents, grandparents, and family members who have supported the musical journey of these wonderful students!