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North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 DGN Band Banquet Celebrates Amazing Students & Family

The 2017 DGN Band Banquet was the first to be held at the Esplanade Lakes Ballroom in Downers Grove, as 425 members of our band family celebrated another extremely successful year.

Special thanks are extended to the many parent volunteers who created a spectacular event, most notably Ms. Julie Brethauer & Ms. Julie Thompson (Banquet Co-Chairs), Ms. Diana Heppner & Ms. Christiana Kowal (Raffle/Auction Co-Chairs), and Ms. Andrea Banke (Decorations Chair).

The students and faculty of the DGN Bands gratefully acknowledge the participation by families in the 2017 Raffle/Silent Auction. $5,500 was raised in support of the DGN Bands at this year's Banquet!

Tonight we honor the incredible students of the North High Band.  They are a diverse group of learners who, through a myriad of musical and social experiences, are growing up right in front of our very eyes.  I'm old enough to know and understand that "time is relative."  For some of our seniors, the four-year journey through DGN seemed to take an eternity.  Parents and guardians are thinking: "Wasn't it just yesterday when I dropped my child off at Band Camp as they started their Freshman year?" 

Among us tonight are musicians who have traveled – or will travel – all over the world to perform with the DGN Bands.  Many of the juniors and seniors here tonight performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.  40 of our students performed with the D99 Honors Band in Europe last summer … and this year's Marching Band had a spectacular performance at the Disney Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

In our midst tonight are some very accomplished instrumentalists … including All-District musicians, and Illinois All-State musicians.  Dozens of the students in our program received Division I ratings at Solo & Ensemble Contest this year.  Members of the band performed in an amazing forty-five public performances this year, including curricular band concerts, football games, parades, jazz festivals, honors recitals and the school musical.  Add to this the many volunteer performances by our students and we have easily presented our musical gifts in over sixty Chicago metro-area performances this year alone.
And – to prove that we are a well-rounded type, members of the North High Band are involved in nearly every other activity, club and athletic team at North High.  Be it an honor society, or any level of athletics … North High Band members are truly involved and engaged students.   

We're a smart bunch as well.  A very high percentage of our students rank in the top 20% of their class academically, and when one reads the Honor Rolls at North High they might inadvertently mistake the list as a roster of the DGN Band.
The past four years have been some of the most successful in the history of our band. 

Consider these highlights from the past four years …

·      The Jazz Ensemble has been invited four times to perform at Fitzgeralds, the legendary Chicago jazz club … as well as the famed "Jazz Showcase" in Chicago.
·      The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band consistently received Division 1 ratings at the prestigious Purdue University Jazz Festival, and this year the Jazz Combo won 1st Place in their competitive division at Purdue.
·      The Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the Illinois Music Education Conference in 2014, and wowed a standing-room only crowd at the Peoria Civic Center.
·      The Wind Ensemble returned to Peoria in 2016 to perform on the All State Composer Showcase Concert.
·      We've participated in a German music exchange as hosts, and on a tour to Germany & France ourselves.
·      Our department has welcomed dozens of nationally and internationally renowned guest-artists and guest conductors in the past four years.
·      The last four years have seen at least 50 DGN Band alumni marching with college marching bands across the country.
·      Over 5,000 members of our community have seen our Mosaic Concert in the past four years, and we've performed outreach concerts for over 7,000 elementary school students.
·      We are a philanthropic group, annually raising funds to help others in need.  Be it a 'Jazz Café' Charity initiative, or partnering with local organizations in need, our students demonstrate empathy at every turn.
·      And of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning what will likely be remembered as the most significant concert in our program's rich history: that being our performance at New York's famed Carnegie Hall in 2015.

So let us begin to recognize, honor and celebrate these incredible students … and their amazing contributions to our community."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

It's A Family Affair

Thank you to our current, former, and future DGN Band members (and parents) who came out this afternoon to decorate and prepare the Esplanade Lakes Ballroom for tonight's DGN Band Awards Banquet. It's going to be a beautiful event!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

District 99 Orchestra Spring Concert

Congratulations to the student musicians in the District 99 Concert Orchestra and the District 99 Symphonic Orchestra for preparing and presenting an outstanding Spring Concert.  Both ensembles played a challenging program of repertoire with artistry and fluency.  The patrons in the hall were especially impressed by the full orchestra performing both Nabucco Overture  and Danzon No. 2 by Marquez.

Special kudos and congratulations to the D99 Orchestra members of the Class of 2017 - we will miss you and thank you for your dedication to our orchestra program.  We expect you all to join us this time next year, as alumni, to perform The Final Countdown. We also extend a hearty welcome home to all the alumni in attendance tonight - it was great to see you all!
If you were unable to join us tonight in the auditorium in person, please view the archived performance on the High School Cube by CLICKING HERE.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

DGN Visual Artists Win Awards at COD Graphic Design & Illustration Contest

DGN Visual Art students recently won several awards at the Graphic Design & Illustration Contest sponsored by the College of DuPage at their annual Portfolio Celebration.

In the Illustration category, Honorable Mention awards went to:

Marcus Bacerra (11) for “Crowded Subway”
Abigail Blanchard (12) for “Breakfast”
Audrey Staron (12) for “Trapped”

1st prize in Illustration was shared Marcus Bacerra (11) for his watercolor illustration, “The Corner Store."

In the Graphic Design category, Abigail Blanchard (12) received an Honorable Mention award for “TWYST," and 1st prize for her theatre poster, “She Kills Monsters."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

DGN Choir Recognition Night Honors Students

Congratulations to the DGN Choir students on their incredibly successful year of music making and a wonderful Recognition Night last night!  A special thanks is extended to Ms. Kelly Johnson, Ms. Bev Nykiel and their team of volunteers who coordinated the Choir Banquet!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring Band Concert 2017

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Concert Band, DGN Chamber Winds, and DGN Symphonic Band for a terrific Spring Band Concert! 

Special congratulations are extended to Senior Concerto performers Becky Donnelly, Katie Donnelly, and David Atwater for their marvelous performances this evening. 

Spring Art Show Reception & Congressional Art Show Winner

Congratulations to the following students who won 1st place awards in the Spring Art show:

  • Nathan Carlson (Liquid Gold)
  • Mantas Motekaitis (Sounds of Horn)
  • Lily Kraus (Redundant)
  • Molly Smith (Inner Demons)
  • Makenna Tallon (Filtiarn, Lord of the Wolves)
  • Sophia Di lorio (A Thing With Feathers)
  • Marcus Bassara (Facial Recogntion)  

Congratulations are also extended to Molly Smith for being named a winner of the Congressional Art Show.  Her artwork, “Inner Demons”, will hang in Congressman Roskam’s office for the year.

All of these winning artworks are on display in the Main Street Lobby, along with many other outstanding works of art from our DGN Visual Arts students.