Friday, November 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
perform at over 100 different venues a year, as well as every Varsity Men’s Glee Club concert. Their resume includes appearing at Chicago’s United Center, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, New York City’s famed Gotham Comedy Club, the Broadway production of "Grease," command performances in Washington, D.C., Google Headquarters, Lucasfilm Inc., Roger Ebert’s 10th Annual Film Festival, copious alumni events throughout the country, and numerous shows in Europe.
Muriel Anderson visited South High School today, performing and giving a master class for the students enrolled in Guitar I, Guitar II, Treble Choir. Ms. Anderson is a D99 alumnus, and returns every Thanksgiving to share her experiences and musicianship with students, and, to encourage and promote attendance at her annual Homecoming Concert, which this year is on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM in the Johnson Auditorium at North High School. Special guest artist for this concert is Pat Donohue from Prairie Home Companion - this is an event you won't want to miss!
We are grateful to Ms. Anderson for sharing her expertise and talents with our students each year!
Monday, November 21, 2016
The stage is set and the student musicians are ready to present the 2016 Fall Jazz Concert tonight at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at South High School. The Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble will present music by Nestico, Mossman, Carter, Heath and much, much more. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend this perennial patron favorite.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Congratulations to the student musicians who participated in the ILMEA District 1 Band, Choir, Orchestra and 9/10 Choir today at Elmhurst College. Students worked with inspirational conductors and teachers today, including Professor Ross Kellan, Dr. Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Dr. Robert Hasty and Mr. Michael Bultman. After just over 6 hours of rehearsal, each ensemble presented a stunning performance of challenging repertoire to a capacity crowd exceeding 1,000 patrons at Faganel Hall on the beautiful campus of Elmhurst College. Several District 99 students were featured during the concert as soloists or in principle chairs in each of the ensembles.
Special kudos also to the music go to the music faculty in District 99 for personifying the spirit of professional volunteerism that keeps ILMEA a vibrant organization: Brayer Teague is the President-Elect of ILMEA, Craig Roselieb is the President of the Jazz Division; Jennifer Mullen is the co-chair of the District 1 Orchestra Division; Beth O'Riordian is the co-chair of the District 1 Choral Division; Laura Coster is the co-chair of the District 1 9/10 Honors Choir; Joy Belt-Roselieb led a professional development reading session for music educators; Frank Piekarz adjudicated students auditioning to sing the Star Spangled Banner at future IHSA All-State Sporting events.
All the District 99 students and staff extend a heartfelt "thank you" to our hosts today at Elmhurst College, including Pete Griffin, Jim Hile and Ross Kellan.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Enjoy this summary video production of the 2016 Marching Mustangs Season. Special thanks to videographer Mike Legel for creating such a fabulous synopsis of the season.
Well done Marching Mustangs!
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Wind Ensemble Invitational Shows a bright sonic future at DGS! @DGS_Bands @DGDistrict58 @Dist_99 @Woodridge68 #99Learns #DGSPride
DGS Bands also congratulates Mr. Dave Balika from O'Neill Middle School who will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Balika's numerous contributions to the Downers Grove learning community were acknowledged this evening by colleagues and by students.
If you were unable to join us in the auditorium this evening, you can watch the concert archived on the High School Cube by CLICKING HERE.