Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mustang Pep Band @ United Center

Members of the DGS Mustang Pep Band joined the basketball team, cheerleaders, and Fillies in the opportunity to show school spirit and perform at the United Center on Saturday, December 19, 2009. The spirited group performed at a 2:30 PM DGS vs. Lyons Township game, then, after a brief trip to the rock 'n' roll McDonalds, returned for the Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks game as spectatators. Great job Mustang musicians - way to start the Winter Break in a spirited style.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tis the season ...

Tis the season to celebrate the DGS All-State Orchestra members.

Monday, December 14, 2009

DGS All-State Musicians 2010

Special congratulations to the 15 student musicians from DGS that will participate in All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band in January of 2010 - way to go Mustang Musician All-Staters!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Mosaic and DGS Holiday Concert Photos

Here are a few photos from this week's Mosaic performance at DGN and the Holiday Concert at DGS.

800 Musicians, including DGS members of the District 99 Orchestra, performed as part of the Mosaic which was witnessed by over 4500 spectators over the various performances.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 Winter Art Show and Holiday Concert

Preparations are in full swing for the 2009 Holiday Concert and Winter Art Show. The art show features more than 600 pieces of 2D and 3D student work, and opens at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2009. A new feature this year is the Emerging Artists exhibit, which features work of emerging artists from O'Neill, Jefferson, Lakeview and Eisenhower. The Holiday Concert begins at 7:00 PM in the Main Gymnasium, and will feature the Combined Choirs of DGS, the combined Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, and the District 99 Orchestra. In total, more than 1,100 student artists will present their sights and sounds. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

DGS All-State Musicians

Fourteen student musicians from Downers Grove South High School were selected, by competitive audition, to the 2009-2010 Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band and Secondary General Music Composition Contest. Performance auditions were held last October at Hinsdale Central High School, musical compositions were evaluated by professional musicians and composers from across the Midwest.

“This is a tremendous honor for these students,” said Glenn Williams, Fine Arts Department Chairperson at South High. “All-State selection represents the pinnacle of musical achievement for a high school student musician. After placing a school record 61 student musicians into the District level ensembles, we expected a strong showing for All-State. We are very proud of our students, and look forward to hearing their performances in January.”

In total, 28 student musicians from District 99 were selected for this prestigious performance honor.

The All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band will convene for a series of rehearsals in Peoria, IL, on January 27-30, 2010. Their concerts will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on the evening of January 29, and the afternoon of January 30, 2010.

All-State Band
Kelly Lamorena – Senior - Trumpet
Sherilyn Munoz - Junior - Clarinet
Lexi Osborn – Junior - Flute

All-State Honors Choir
Hank Gordon – Senior – Bass I
Tom Reusz – Senior – Bass II
Minh Tran – Senior – Alto II
Cory Wilson – Junior – Bass II

All-State Choir
Meredith Richard – Junior – Soprano I
Sam Worlton – Junior – Alto II
Kyle Wulf – Junior Bass II

All-State Orchestra
Chan Choi – Senior - Violin
Emily Levine – Senior - Viola
Michael Rau – Senior - Violin
Lisa Salazar - Junior - Viola

All-State Jazz Band
Matt Kowalski – Senior - Trombone