Tonight's DGN Band Concert will feature great performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Joining each ensemble will be guest artists / Irish musicians Clodagh Ryan and Sean Ryan. Additionally, two Senior Concertos (Alyse Bondarowicz & Todd Griffin) will be a part of this exciting concert.
Do you have family and friends out-of-town tonight who would like to catch our Irish celebration virtually? The live-stream of the concert may be accessed from the link below. The concert will then be accessible from the same link, beginning March 18, for 30 days.
The DGN Fine Arts Department welcomed Irish musicians Clodagh & Sean Ryan to campus today in preparation for this Thursday's St. Patrick's Day Band Concert. The duo will be featured as soloists with each of the three DGN concert bands, and perform on a variety of authentic Irish wind and string instruments.
Clodagh Ryan grew up in County Derry, Ireland, where at age 6 she began playing Irish traditional music with her three brothers and three sisters. Since then she has won multiple All-Ireland awards on fiddle, concertina and piano. As a result, she was chosen to participate in concert tours of Great Britain, North America and Australia to showcase and promote Irish music. She has also toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States as a member of the traditional Irish band Providence.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sean Ryan began playing tin whistle and flute at the age of 6, progressing to the uilleann pipes at age 15. Having studied under Dublin piper Mick O'Brien for several years, Sean also credits Chicago piping legend Joe Shannon (1920–2004) as a major influence on his playing. Sean has won multiple All-Ireland awards on all three instruments, and has performed on Broadway with the Trinity Irish Dance Company, and as a soloist at Chicago's Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.
While maintaining successful careers in medicine and finance, Clodagh and Sean are committed to teaching Irish music to children, fostering a new generation of musicians and furthering the tradition that has been so rewarding to them.
Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for their 3rd Place finish at Batavia High School this past weekend. The team increased their composite score by an impressive 11 points and continues to impress audiences at every turn. Way to go Winter Guard!