Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Music: A Universal Language #99Learns #dgspride

Congratulations to the wonderful musicians of the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule's Recorder, Guitar and String Orchestras for an inspired performance this evening in Downers Grove / District 99! We celebrate this 30+ year music and cultural exchange that continues to build bridges between our two countries and foster friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Thank you to the Host Families from District 99 that provided the wonderful food and fellowship at this evening's pre-concert dinner!

And, finally, a special thank you is extended to Musikschule faculty members Annette Bachmann, Bernd Gehlen, and Eva Janßen for their dedication to the exchange and their passion for music education. Danke! 

German Exchange Concert - TONIGHT!

Please come to the auditorium at South High School in Downers Grove tonight to hear a wonderful evening of music performed by the Recorder Orchestra, Guitar Orchestra and String Orchestra from the Musikschule in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  The free concert begins at 7:30 PM and the public is cordially invited to attend.

If you are unable to join us in person, please view the concert on the DGS Fine Arts YouTube Channel:


Monday, August 27, 2018

Willkommen Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule! #99Learns #dgspride

D99/German Exchange Concert - FREE!

District 99 sustains a more than 30 year relationship with the Musikschule of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  Throughout the years, thousands of students from BB and Downers Grove have experienced the transformational benefits of this ongoing musical and cultural exchange.

The exchange continues this week with a free concert at 7:30 PM in the auditorium at South High School featuring the String Orchestra, Recorder Orchestra, and Guitar Orchestra from the Musikschule in BB.  The public is cordially invited to attend and experience the beauty of these student ensembles from Germany.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Band Camp 2018 - Family Picnic and Camp Finale Show

Congratulations to the students and staff affiliated with the 2018 Marching Mustangs for presenting an impressive Band Camp Finale Show.  "Forward" has numerous visual and sonic elements in the program that are destined to be well received throughout the fall season.  Special congratulations to the members of the Class of 2019 for your impressive leadership throughout the week.

After a family meal in the cafeteria sponsored by the Band Boosters, everyone moved to the stadium. Each member invited one person to the field where students taught their protege three drill moves.  The newly christened marchers then executed the drill moves unassisted by their marching mentors. 

After brief demonstrations by the guard and the battery and front ensemble, the winds demonstrated for the patrons a typical warm-up.  The band then performed the first movement of their show titled "Forward."  As a conclusion, the ensemble played the opener for the patrons on the track so the full sonic prowess of the ensemble could be experienced up close and personal.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to the all parent volunteers that made Band Camp this year a success - from catering to props, from uniforms to photographs and everything else, 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!