Thursday, August 24, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Downers Grove South High School seniors Jake Burrows, trumpet and Danny King, clarinet, have been selected, through highly competitive audition, to be members of the 2018 US Army All-American Marching Band. Both Jake and Danny submitted three separate audition videos featuring marching, playing, and a speaking video articulating their desire to be a US Army All-Americans.
The band, chosen from more than 1,300 auditioning students from 47 states, is comprised of 125 of the finest high school senior marching musicians in America. Each member receives an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio, Texas. Band members will rehearse with nationally renowned instructors for a week, culminating in a performance at the US Army All-American Bowl at the Alamo Dome, an annual East vs. West High School football game televised on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The game features 90 of the best high school football players in America. This game is viewed live by more than 38,000 spectators, and, will garner a live viewing audience on NBC of more than 2.5 million viewers.
Jake and Danny will be officially announced as US Army All-Americans during a selection tour stop sponsored by Bowl Games of America on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at South High School.
Jake and Danny continue an impressive legacy of All-American excellence for the Marching Mustangs, with six students being selected to this prestigious ensemble in last 6 years (Josiah Williams - 2013; Sam Tedeschi - 2015; Larissa Gurnic - 2016; Noah Tunney - 2017.)
"I'm proud of every student from the Marching Mustangs that auditioned to be a part of this illustrious ensemble." said Fine Arts Department Chair Glenn Williams. "The artistically joyful dedication and drive both Jake and Danny display in the music suite on a daily basis will be richly rewarded by this experience in San Antonio."
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
DGS Fine Arts welcomes Margaret Winchell to the Fine Arts faculty. Ms. Winchell will serve as a Choral Director in the Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove South High School, where she will conduct the Freshman Girls Choir, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Treble Ensemble. Before coming to South, Ms. Winchell taught choir and theater at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank, Illinois. Ms. Winchell completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL). There, she studied piano and choral conducting and diversified through involvement with Wheaton’s Opera Music Theater and Arena Theater programs.
In recent years, Ms. Winchell has continued exploring crossover between music and theater as a music director and pianist. Ever hungry for more teaching opportunities, she also tutors for a local test prep company, teaches toddlers in Sunday school at her church, and works as a private piano teacher.
Friday, August 11, 2017
|Mr. Roselieb with 2018 US Army All-Americans Jake Burrows and Danny King|
We also extend heartfelt gratitude to the all parent volunteers that made Band Camp this year a success - from catering to props, the pervasive spirit of parent volunteerism is essential to the function of the organization and enables us to provide a great experience for students.
We look forward to the continuing success of the Marching Mustangs during the fall season - it is going to be a great fall to be a Mustang!