Tuesday, October 29, 2013

South High School 2013 ILMEA District Audition Results

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 115 student musicians from South High School in Downers Grove auditioned at Carl Sandburg High School to participate in the 2013 Illinois Music Educators’ Association District 1 Festivals.  The music faculty, private teachers and sender school music teachers associated with South High School are proud to congratulate the 44 students in band, choir, jazz band, vocal jazz and orchestra who have been selected through highly competitive audition to participate in the 2013 ILMEA District Festivals.

Student musicians enrolled in music ensembles in the DGS Fine Arts department continue to annually demonstrate remarkable success at both the District and All-State level. “The total number of participating students continues to be consistently high on an annual basis.” said DGS Fine Arts Chairman Glenn Williams. “Additionally, DGS is equally well represented in all areas of ensemble performance – band, choir, orchestra, vocal jazz and jazz band - in this process.”

For more information about attending these district festivals, please contact Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams at gwilliams@csd99.org or at 630.795.8681.

Bridget Moroney (10) – clarinet (band)
Kelsey Richardson (12) – bass clarinet – band
Ethan Riemer – (12) – trumpet – band
John Shimanek – (12) – trumpet – orch
Kayleigh Stewart – (12) – flute – band
Kyla Swain – (11) – horn – band
Rachel Wydra (12) – bassoon – (orch)

Hayley Beube – (10) violin
Kathryn Krajewski – (12) – viola
Megan Mc givern – (12) - viola
Andrew Molina (12) – cello
Allison Williams (11) - cello

Mara Alvarez (12) – Alto I
Caitlin Carr (12) – Soprano I
Brett Cohen (11) – Bass I
Scott Conger (12) – Bass I
Mariah Copeland (12) – Sop I
Alana Copeland (10) – Soprano II
Josh DuBois – (11) – Tenor I
Emily Hodshire – (12) – Alto I
Hannah Joseph – (12) – Alto I
Lian Lucansky (12) – Alto II
Andrew Mahlan (12) – Bass II
Ahona Mazumer – (12) – Sop II
Adele McKenney – (12) – Sop I
Brian Moroney (12) – Bass II
Rose Murphy (12) – Soprano I
Joshua Rogers (12) – Bass II
Charlotte Stahulak – (11) – Alto II
Jeremy Ursache – (10) – Bass I
Elyse Warnecke – (11) – Soprano II

Nathaniel Gresik (12) – trumpet
Kevin Hux – (10) – trombone
Brianna Imgruet – (9) - Trumpet
Tommy Leinart (10) – piano
Brian Moroney (12) – Drums
Jonathan Nelson (11) – Bass
Daniel Piccoli (9) – Alto Sax
Emily Rzeszutko – (11) - Trumpet
John Shimanek (12) – trumpet
Sam Tedeschi – (11) - bass
Michael Tegeler (9) – trombone
Mike Ziccarelli (12) – trombone

Joshua Rogers (12) - Bass

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Congratulations Lakeview Junior High School Marching Band!!!

South High School Fine Arts and the Mustang Bands are proud to be a sender school affiliate for the bands from Lakeview High School.  In addition to recent performances at the DGS Homecoming Parade and tonight playing the National Anthem at the 2013 Mustang Music Bowl, this group has appeared at the Midwest Clinic as a Rehearsal Clinic band, and, as a performance ensemble at the Illinois Music Education Conference.  DGS Fine Arts joins the Lakeview Bands in congratulating the 56 alums from Lakeview JHS who are current members of the Marching Mustangs. 

2013 Marching Mustang Music Bowl

Congratulations to the students, parents and staff associated with the 2013 Marching Mustang Music Bowl for producing a phenomenally successful event for more than 2,000 high school marching artists from the state of Illinois. Including the Marching Mustangs, 22 marching ensembles performed and competed today. The finals, which begin at 7:15 PM and conclude at 9:45 PM, will feature the top 10 marching ensembles from the preliminary performance competition.
The short trailer below tells only a fraction of the story of the time, effort and energy that goes into preparing an event of this nature. 

If you are unable to join us live for the finals competition, please follow the event remotely by watching the High School Cube live feed.  To watch the 2013 Marching Mustang Music Bowl Finals, please click here.

11th Marching Mustang Music Bowl

The 11th Marching Mustang Music Bowl is underway, featuring 22 high school marching ensembles.  If you are at a remote site and unable to join us for the live event at Mustang Stadium, please follow your favorite marching ensemble by viewing this event on High School Cube.  Click here to view the event.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Battle for the Rebel Cannon - Home Football 10-25-13

The Marching Mustangs capped off a stellar regular season tonight as they participated in the home football contest versus Hinsdale South.  Before the game, during the game, and at halftime, the Marching Mustangs continue to contibute in sound and sight to the school spirit emanating from Mustang Stadium.  The season continues for the Marching Mustangs tomorrow during the Mustang Music Bowl, and, will conclude in early November as the Marching Mustangs travel to Indianapolis for the Bands of America Super Regionals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

D99, D58 Orchestras share the spotlight with The Project Trio

Congratulations to the musicians of the District 99 and District 58 Orchestras for their performance tonight with Project Trio.  Playing to a packed house, each the three orchestras that accompanied Project Trio did so with poise and musical passion.  






Thursday, October 24, 2013

Project Trio in the House

District 99 instrumentalists are having an amazing afternoon collaborating with the internationally acclaimed Project Trio.

Don't miss tonight's concert, at 7 PM, in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.  Tickets are free, but required.  Approximately 200 unclaimed tickets remain, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis when the doors open at 6:30 PM.

Project Trio Collaboration

District 99 instrumentalists are having an amazing afternoon collaborating with the internationally acclaimed Project Trio.

Don't miss tonight's concert, at 7 PM, in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.  Tickets are free, but required.  Approximately 200 unclaimed tickets remain, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis when the doors open at 6:30 PM.

D99 Fall Orchestra Concert (with Project Trio) - Live Webcast

Can't be with us in Downers Grove tonight, but want to hear and see the District 99 Fall Orchestra Concert?

Click here for our live webcast!


The performance will also be available for online viewing after the concert!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Project Trio in District 99!

The internationally acclaimed ensemble Project Trio will be appearing in District 99 on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at North High School in Downers Grove.  Alongside Project Trio, the orchestras from District 99 and District 58 will be featured.
Tickets are free, but, arrive early as a full house is expected due to the luminosity of these exciting guest artists!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 South High School Fall Choral Concert

Congratulatons to the student musicians, directors and families affiliated with the South High School Choirs for a fabulous 2013 Fall Choral Concert.  The setting was intimate and the sounds were elegant and musical.  From all levels of choirs the music making was at a high level.  The level student artistry was only exceeded by the collaboration as demonstrated through well balanced and musical sounds.

Thanks also to the more than 300 viewers that joined the performance streaming live on the web on the High School Cube.  Please accept our apologies for the slight technical issues at the start of the performance.  To view the concert archived on the web, please Click here.

Marching Mustangs Homecoming Friday 2013

Congratulations to the Marching Mustangs for a fabulous Homecoming Friday 2013.  The band had several performances, starting with a hallway parade at 7:15 AM, and concluded with a half-time and stands performances during the football game.  The school spirit perpetuated through the sonic excellence of this award winning ensembles continues to be at a very high level.  Well done Marching Mustangs!

DGS Choirs Fall Concert Live Webcast on High School Cube

If you are not able to attend personally this evening, please experience the sights and sounds of the South High School Choirs from your remote location.
To view the concert, Click here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 South High School Choirs Fall Concert

The students in the choirs at South High School are busy preparing for the 2013 Fall Concert, which takes place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at South High School.

Over 280 student musicians in 8 choral ensembles will be featured during the course of the evening.

This concert will also be the first concert broadcast live on High School Cube.  Please tell all your friends and relatives out of the area that the concert can be viewed by following this link:

South High School Fall Choirs Concert

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ISU Finals Results

Congratulations to the Marching Mustangs for their 11th place finish in the finals competition at ISU.  This is the Marching Mustangs fourth finals appearance in the last five years.  Great job this season Marching Mustangs - we are all proud of you!  Keep up the great work as you move towards the BOA Super Regional in Indianapolis in November!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Is Music the key to success? (Yes)

The above article mentions several notable professionals as well as several non-musical benefits of studying music.   While greater understanding of the human condition through the aesthetic of sound remains the primary reason, the extra-musical benefits mentioned in this New York Times piece are very poignant and worthy of consideration.

Marching Mustangs make finals at ISU!

Way to go Marching Mustangs!  Congratulations for your prelims performance that qualified the ensemble for the finals ISU, and, earned the caption award for best Crowd Appeal.  The Marching Mustangs have been a finals participant at ISU 4 of the last 5 years.  Below is the performing order for finals:

ISU Finals Performance Order
7:00 Bloomington
7:14 Lincoln-Way Central
7:28 Morton
7:42 IVC
7:56 Downers Grove South
8:10 John Hersey
8:24 Lincoln-Way East
8:52 Lake Park
9:06 Lincoln-Way North
9:20 Lockport
9:36 Marian Catholic
9:50 Prospect
10:04 Plainfield North
10:18 Normal West

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Marching Mustangs prepare for State Championship Invitational at ISU

The Marching Mustangs spent a gorgeous fall evening in the stadium at South High School, preparing for the State Championship Invitational at ISU.  The 2013 show, which features the music of Stan Kenton and Dave Brubeck, has been well received in recent weeks, earning the Marching Mustangs first place in their class for two consecutive weeks.  The students in the ensemble have shown remarkable improvement individually and as a group in recent rehearsals.  Their hard work is displayed in continually improving sounds and sights as the band performs.  Have a great show Saturday at ISU Marching Mustangs!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Marching Mustangs Continue Competitive Success

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the Marching Mustangs participated in the 2013 Knight of Champions at Prospect High School.  Competing against some of Illinois finest competitive marching ensembles, the Marching Mustangs earned First Place in Class "AAA."  Additionally, the Marching Mustangs earned the caption award for Best General Effect in their competitive class.

The Marching Mustangs will take their competitive momentum into the State Invitational Championships at Illinois State University on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Hancock Stadium on the ISU campus.  Way to go Marching Mustangs - keep up the great work!

Friday, October 04, 2013

2013 Cross Town Classic

Congratulations to the Marching Mustangs, Trojan Marching Band, Athenas and Fillies for their collaborative half-time and pre-game performances during the 2013 Crosstown Classic in District 99.  Special congratulations to the members of the choral  programs from both campuses that joined the combined marching ensembles on the field during pre-game to lead the crowd in attendance in honoring America through the playing and singing of our National Anthem.

As is tradition, the drum majors from each ensemble exchanged season t-shirts after half time.  During the entire course of the contest, both ensembles contributed to the spirited nature of the event in a positive way. While the evening is framed around the competition on the gridiron, the students in the music and dance organizations combined in multiple ways this evening to show the collaborative spirit that exists in the arts in District 99.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

String Fest Brings Orchestra Students Together

District 99 and District 58 string orchestra students came together this evening on the North High campus for the 2013 "String Fest".  High school students from both DGN and DGS served as mentors for middle school students, and later enjoyed a great pizza dinner together.  

You can hear these fine instrumentalists from Herrick Middle School, O'Neil Middle School, North High School, and South High School in concert on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 PM in DGN's Clarence Johnson Auditorium.  The concert will also feature internationally acclaimed string performing ensemble, 'Project Trio.'