Monday, June 13, 2016

Follow the D99 Honors Band in Europe! #99Learns #DGSPride #WeAreDGN

Travel Mercies are extended to the D99 Honors Band as they embark on their 2016 European Tour today.

A team of 10 student Bloggers will be the "eyes and ears" of the journey, and you can follow them virtually in the following ways ...

Tour Blog




Saturday, June 11, 2016

D99 Honors Band 2016 Tour Trailer #99Learns #WeAreDGN #DGSPride

Click here for the D99 Honors Band 2016 Tour Trailer.

Bon Voyage Concert #99Learns #WeAreDGN #DGSPride

Bon Voyage Concert Tonight! 6 PM @ DGN #99Learns #DGSPride #WeAreDGN

You are cordially invited to attend the District 99 Honors Band and Jazz Ensemble's Bon Voyage Concert, to be held this evening (Saturday, June 11) at 6:00 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of Downers Grove North High School.

The D99 Honors Band students are ready for their departure next week, and looking forward to sharing a preview of their European concert set with local audiences tonight.

Doors open at 5:30 PM for this free concert.  We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 03, 2016

A fond farewell to the DGS Class of 2016 #99Learns #DGSPride @Dist_99

We extend a heartfelt congratulations and bid a fond farewell to the South High School Class of 2016.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in sight and in sound who set high standards as artists and as people as their departing legacy.

Best wishes in your future endeavors.  Your alma mater expects you to visit with frequency!

If you are unable to celebrate locally with the graduating class, please view the ceremony on the High School Cube by clicking the link below:

2016 Downers Grove South High School Graduation

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

2016 Madrigal Singers Graduation Concert #99Learns #DGSPride @Dist_99

The South High School Choirs Class of 2016 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.
  • Intergenerational sonic connections occurred when parent performers joined the group for Bohemian Rhapsody and when alumni sang the Alma Mater.
  • 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 2016 - 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!