Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thanks DGN Fine Arts Boosters! #PlantSale #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Thank you to our incredibly dedicated DGN Fine Arts Boosters and student volunteers for their coordination of, and work at, the 2016 plant and flower sale. We are extremely grateful for your energy and enthusiastic contributions.

A very special thank-you is extended to Mrs. Harker and Mrs. Pike for co-chairing this year's sale!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DGN Marching Band Leadership Team (2016-17) Announced

Many thanks are extended to each and every student who expressed interest and auditioned to serve as Section Captains and Drum Majors of the 2016-17 Trojan Marching Band.  We appreciate your dedication and commitment to the band, and all of the effort students dedicated to the audition process!

Appointing a group of leaders for an organization that is already filled with - literally - dozens upon dozens of exceptional students who lead all over our campus - is a challenging endeavor.  Each student who auditioned this year brought their own unique set of leadership skills to the table, and the competition was strong.

There will be a required meeting for all members of the 2016-17 Leadership Team on Wednesday, April 27, from 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Band Room.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Trojan Marching Band Student Leadership Team, and thank you for your dedication to the DGN Bands!

Click here for the roster.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One Day - Many Deadlines!

Federal Income Taxes are due on April 18th this year … but April 15 is an important “deadline” date for many DGN Band families.  We have combined multiple topics into one singular post for your convenience.  See caption headings in RED below.

Fine Arts Summer Study Grant Applications
Going to a music camp of some kind this summer?  Fine Arts Summer Study Grant applications are due Friday, April 15.  Please submit by 11:59 PM.  Details may be reviewed here …

Band Banquet Tickets
Ticket orders for the Band Banquet (May 7) should be postmarked by Friday, April 15.  Order forms were sent home via US Mail and email several weeks ago.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Willowbrook Ballroom for a wonderful evening of food, fun, awards and dancing!

2016-17 DGN Band Tour Registration
2016 Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands Tour registrations are due Friday, April 15.  The question of “late registration” is addressed below.

My family was unable to attend the meeting. How can we get caught up-to-speed on tour details and learn how to register?

Step 1:  Visit the Tour Blog …

… and read the current posts that appear on the Blog.

In the left column you will see a link titled “Tour Kick-Off Meeting Presentation.”  Click on that link to view all of the information that was covered at the meeting.

Our family is interested in the tour, but not ready to register by April 15th.  Are we out of luck, or might we register late?
Our preference would be to have 100% of our interested families registered by April 15th because we have to plan the number of coach buses that will be required to transport the band to Orlando.  Once we know our number, we will plan accordingly.  Past that, there is the possibility a student could register late, but it will be “first come – first served” and contingent on their being extra seats available on the coach buses.  Said differently, it may be possible to add the tour after the official registration date, but we cannot guarantee availability. 

We’re ready to sign-up!  How do we do it?
If you were at the meeting, you have all the information you need for registering.  If you missed the meeting, we mailed the packet home to you.  If you can find that packet, you will find the needed registration information.

Alternatively, if you do not have the packet, go to the Tour Blog and follow the “Tour Registration” link in the left column and you will be redirected to the BRT site.  Create an account, and register.  (If you traveled with us to NYC last year, you already have an account, and you may simply log-in to your account to get started.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

'Sharing Is Caring' Dinner and Concert Warm Hearts in the Community #99Learns #WeAreDGN

The 2016 'Sharing Is Caring' Dinner and Concert was another fabulous example of DGN students giving back to the community and sharing their talents with others.  Many thanks are extended to the DGN Student Council members, and their sponsors Melissa Wostratzky and Mary Ricklefs, for their collaboration on this evening's events.  The student musicians of the Jazz and Percussion Ensembles are also to be commended for a fabulous performance that delighted the audience.  

Special thanks is extended to New York saxophonist Adam Larson for his work in a two-day arts residency at DGN.  It was a true pleasure to collaborate with him, and learn from him.

Well done Trojans!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Adam Larson Residency

Downers Grove North Fine Arts is pleased to welcome New York saxophonist, and Illinois native, Adam Larson.  Mr. Larson spent the day presenting to five different music classes and conducting guest-artist clinics with the DGN Jazz Lab Band & Jazz Ensemble.  

Don't miss hearing Adam Larson live, at the "Sharing Is Caring" Jazz and Percussion Concert, Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium!

Out of town family and friends may view the live stream of the the concert here:

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Congratulations Winter Guard! @dgncolorguard #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for their outstanding performance on Saturday, April 2, at the 2016 Mid West Color Guard Circuit Championships held in LaPort, IN. The team's final performance of the season bested their previous high-score by 3 points, and earned the guard a 7th place finish in their division: Scholastic Regional A.

We are extremely proud of the work and dedication of these thirteen talented students, and their Coach, Ms. Zaragoza.  #WeAreDGN

Saturday, April 02, 2016

@dgncolorguard Heading to #Championships in LaPort, IN

The @dgncolorguard is off this morning to Championships in LaPort, IN. Congratulations to the extremely dedicated students and staff of the Winter Guard, and safe travels to #championships!