Wednesday, July 04, 2018

2018 Downers Grove Independence Day Parade


 Congratulations to the students and staff affiliated with the Marching Mustangs and the Trojan Marching Band for collaborating today to provide our an important community musical service during the July 4th parade in Downers Grove.  The combined ensemble looked and sounded fabulous.  Special thanks also to all the parent volunteers that provided support today organizing the polo shirts and providing effective hydration for the students with plenty of bottled water and cooling spray bottles of water during the parade route. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Be Inspired: DCI World Class Corps in District 99

Two of Drum Corps International's 'World Class' ensembles will be in residence at DGN and DGS this Saturday, June 30.  The corps will be in town preparing for the "Cavalcade of Brass" Drum and Bugle Corps show to be held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL this coming Saturday night. Event details and tickets for the show may be found HERE

The Phantom Regiment will be rehearsing on the North High campus Saturday late morning, and afternoon. Pioneer will be rehearsing on the South campus during the same time periods.

Precise rehearsal schedules have not yet been announced, but drum and bugle corps typically focus on small group practice in the mornings (drum line, brass line, color guard), and then combine for full ensemble work in the afternoon following a lunch break.

The rehearsals of the corps are open to students from our District 99 band programs, as well as community members at large, to observe.  There is a lot to learn from watching a precision music ensemble focus on collective group goals in their quest for artistic excellence.  We strongly encourage all D99 music lovers to make time on Saturday to be inspired through observation and listening.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

D99 Orchestra departs for Europe!

Students, parents, families, chaperones and staff gathered this morning at DGN to bid a fond farewell to the D99 Orchestra.  The excitement in the air was palpable as the students boarded the tour bus and departed for the airport!

To follow the D99 Orchestra Tour Blog, CLICK HERE.  The group departs on June 5 and returns to the United States on June 19th. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Bon Voyage Concert for the D99 Orchestra

The District 99 Orchestra presented a Bon Voyage concert this afternoon in preparation for their upcoming Europe Tour.  Friends and family gathered today to hear the result of a week of rehearsals for concerts that will be presented in Berlin and in Beitigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

To follow the D99 Orchestra Tour Blog, CLICK HERE.  The group departs on June 5 and returns to the United States on June 19th.  

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Fond Farewell to the Class of 2018

We extend a heartfelt congratulations and bid a fond farewell to the South High School Class of 2018.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in sight and in sound who set high standards as artists and as people as their departing legacy.

If you are unable to be on campus for the ceremony today, please view the live stream by CLICKING HERE. 

Best wishes in your future endeavors.  May the wind be always at your back. Your alma mater expects you to visit with frequency!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Madrigal Singers Concert

The South High School Choirs Class of 2018 added significantly to their inimitable sonic legacy tonight during the Madrigal Singers Graduation Concert.  The craftsmanship and musicianship were remarkable from start to finish, from large ensemble to small groups and soloists.  Of the long list of impressive  occurrences during the evening, here is but a few:
  • The evening was totally learner centered - these students were in charge of their own musical destiny.
  • The repertoire was performed ARTISTICALLY.
  • The repertoire performed featured student arrangements and compositions.
  • The diversity of the repertoire represents the depth and breadth of the musicianship in the group.
  • These students care deeply about their craft, but they care even more about each other.
  • Inter-generational sonic connections occurred when the alumni choir shared the stage.
  • Even though the repertoire had lyrics, the expression emitted went way beyond words.
  • The memories and moments expressed as remarkable by the students were centered around group travel and highlight performances.
Everyone that remains at South High School owes a debt of gratitude to this senior class for establishing a wonderfully high performance bar, but perhaps even more, for setting that bar in a caring manner.  Well done Class of 2018 - we'll miss your presence, but, we'll be reminded of if on a daily basis in the sights and sounds emanating from the music suite that are a direct result of your collective sonic legacy!

Here is a video of images from the concert this evening:


If you were unable to join us tonight in the auditorium, please view the archived broadcast on the South High School Fine Arts YouTube channel below.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Jazz Concert featuring All-Star Alumni Band

The Spring Jazz Concert on May 19, 2018 had numerous memorable moments.  The evening started with a combined number featuring all three jazz bands and a House Resolution presented to retiring director Craig Roselieb from Illinois Representative David Olsen, an alum of the DGS Jazz Program.  Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band, and the Jazz Ensemble performed 17 selections, representing music from numerous jazz genres and historical time periods.  The evening concluded with two alumni jazz bands, featuring more than 30 performing musicians who returned to DGS for the specific purpose of celebrating the career of Mr. Roselieb through fellowship and music.  We bid a heartfelt fond farewell to the graduating class of 17 jazz seniors - you've created a significant sonic footprint which will be inspirational to those who are fortunate to walk behind you.

Below is a movie of images from the concert on Saturday, May 19, 2018:


Below is the archived stream of the concert on the South Fine Arts YouTube Channel.