Thursday, November 30, 2017

2018-19 London New Year's Day Parade Tour Deposit - Due Friday, December 1

The first deposit for the London New Year's Day Parade Tour ($200) is due Friday, December 1.

If you have already activated your account with Destination Events, please CLICK HERE to log-in and make your deposit.

If you completed DGN's registration form, but never received an email from Destination Events with the words "Created Account" in the Subject Line, please check your SPAM FOLDER for the email. Many of the persons who have previously reported concern about not receiving the email later found it in their spam folder later. If you have searched your spam folder, and still cannot find the account activation email, CLICK HERE to email technical support and request assistance with your account.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Tree Lighting 2017

Congratulations and thank you to the DGN Trojan Marching Band for providing spirited music and holiday cheer at the 2017 Tree Lighting ceremony in downtown Downers Grove!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

DGN Students at 2017 ILMEA District 1 Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the ten DGN student-musicians selected to perform in the Illinois Music Education Association District Jazz Festival. Students from across the Chicago region were selected by competitive audition to participate in day-long educational workshops with highly respected guest conductors, and present a culminating concert for family, friends, and educators.

Jeremy Blumka (11) - Bass Trombone - Jazz Band I
Josie Bondarowicz (11) - Double Bass - Jazz Band III
Jamie Gamonez (12) - Soprano - Vocal Jazz 
Kevin Griffin (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band I
Ryan Knezevich (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band I
Kaylee McCarthy (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band III
Ish Mistry (10) - Trombone - Jazz Band II
Jonathan Orjala (10) - Trumpet - Jazz Band IV
Miles Teague (10) - Piano - Jazz Combo
Marz Tingzon (12) - Baritone Sax - Jazz Band III

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Giving Tree Band Totals 2017 #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the DGN Bands who averaged $12 donations per student and raised an incredible $2,380 in three days to support needy children this holiday season. (Symphonic Band, $563; Concert Band, $761; Wind Ensemble, $1,056).  Wind Ensemble students had the highest giving average at $16 per student.  

We extend our deepest appreciation to all the band students and families who contributed, and extend our thanks to the members of our Band Board that will do the shopping for and wrapping of gifts!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Giving Tree Update Day 2 - One Day Remaining!

The DGN Concert Band is still in 1st Place after the second day of giving! This is the first time in recent memory that Concert Band has led going into the third and final day of our fundraising campaign.  Every band class improved their giving percentage today; it's still "anyone's ballgame."  

In total we have raised $607 in two days (down from our two day total of $766 last year). This is less than half of what we raised in total last year ($1,618). We are hopeful that our most generous giving is still yet to surface!

With very genuine thanks to everyone who has already given as much as they are able to donate, we pose this question to those who have not yet made a donation (or who might be able to give again): is there anything you can do without this week - or some small sacrifice you could make - that would allow you to make a donation on Tuesday? 

Thanks to all our students for your consideration of those in need!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Congratulations to the Boys XC Team - State Champs!

From all of us in the DGN Bands, congratulations to the DGN Boys Cross Country Team on their 2017 State Championship! We're PROUD of YOU! Marching Band families - please check your email ASAP regarding ways to join in the celebration later this afternoon!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Giving Tree Day 1 - Concert Band Out In Front Quickly!

Congratulations to the DGN Concert Band for being in 1st Place after the first day of giving.  The Concert Band currently has an average giving rate of $1.64 per student in the class.  (We hope to reach an average level of $8 per student to be able and appropriately support our 20 adopted children.)

Who's in 2nd place?  We'll keep you guessing until Monday ...

Thanks to all our students for your consideration of those in need.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

DGN Fall Band Concert - Symphonic Band / Jazz Lab / Jazz Ensemble

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble for their performances at tonight's Fall Band Concert!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

DGN Fall Band Concert Invitational

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Concert Band & DGN Wind Ensemble for their performances at tonight's Fall Band Concert.

A special thank-you in extended to the bands of Jefferson Junior High School & Westview Hills Middle School for joining the DGN Bands on stage and sharing their music with the community.