Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

London 2011 Tour Orientation Meeting / Tour Blog Launched

A new London 2011 Tour Blog has been launched to provide DGN Band students (current and future) with pertinent information relative to the 2010-2011 performance invitation. Click on the logo above (or here) to be redirected.

Parents/guardians of students who anticipate being enrolled in the DGN Band during the 2010-2011 academic year will be receiving - by email - an invitation to attend a Tour Orientation meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 (7 PM), in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Details will be distributed electronically to families by October 1.

A Hard Day's (Homecoming) Night

It was a long day ("A Hard Day's Night"?!) for members of the band, with many performances spanning the events of Homecoming 2009.

Images include the Marching Band at the Homecoming Assembly, DGN Fine Arts Teacher Barb Hertko, who was honored in the parade as one of our 2010 retiring teachers, the Color Guard in the Parade, and shots of Alumni Band members with their family members who are current members of the Trojan Marching Band.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Homecoming Week Celebrations Continue

Members of the Trojan Band perform in the Main St. Lobby on Thursday morning for Homecoming.

London Calling

Continuing coverage of the band's invitation to perform in the London New Years Day Parade (2011):

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Homecoming Variety Show

Congratulations to the students and faculty performers of the 2009
Homecoming Variety Show!

London Invitation Covered by ABC-7 News

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DGN Band Invited to London - 2011

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Dear North High Band Families:

We are extremely pleased to share with you some very exciting information. Today our school, and our band program specifically, was honored with an invitation to perform in the 2011 London New Year’s Day Parade.

The highly prestigious traditional turn of year celebration in the UK capital is established as the biggest event of its kind anywhere in the World. More than 10,000 performers from all corners of the globe entertain a street audience of around 500,000 – and a global TV audience of tens of millions. Patrons of the event include the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior representatives of the American community in London.

Lord Roger Bramble – the Deputy Lieutenant of London – Her Majesty The Queen’s Representative – traveled to North High School today to meet with members of the band and to extend the invitation to participate in the 25th Anniversary London New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2011. Accompanying Lord Bramble to North High this afternoon were Mr. Robert and Ms. Geraldine Bone, Directors of the London Parade.

This prestigious invitation, offered to a small handful of college and high school bands in the United States each year, honors the hard work, dedication and musicianship of our students. This includes our seniors, who – while contributing to the selection through their musical gifts – will not be enrolled at North High at the time when the band will make the trip. It also recognizes the tremendous support our school enjoys from parents and guardians. To each, we send our congratulations and gratitude.

All students enrolled in a curricular band course for the 2010-2011 school year will be eligible to participate in this tour. More information will be forthcoming in the next month about tour details, eligibility requirements, and opportunities for students to fund-raise in anticipation of the tour. As you can imagine, a “once in a lifetime” tour of this magnitude will only be successful if we work together to maximize resources and make every effort to support students who wish to participate and give them the tools they need to raise the funds associated with participation. In the meantime, we encourage students to begin saving now. We will also be sharing this information with current 8th grade band students who will be at North High next year so that they might also begin a process of fundraising.

We encourage families to begin learning about the London New Years Day Parade. Please visit:


Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson
William Miller, Music Teacher and Director – Trojan Marching Band

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cross-Town Collaboration

Congratulations to the members of the North High Trojan Marching Band, the South High Marching Mustangs, the North High Chamber Choir, and the South High Madrigal Singers for their combined performance of the National Anthem just prior to the start of the annual Cross-Town Showdown. Conducted by North High music teacher (and South High alumnus) Dr. Frank Piekarz, over 300 student musicians shared their musical gifts with the District 99 community.

Following the shared performances at half-time, Drum Majors from both bands exchanged gifts in a show of unity and support.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Marching Band Thrills Audience at Home Opener

The accolades are pouring in via email after the Trojan Marching Band performed under the lights for the first time in 2009. Congratulations to all the members of the band for their hard work during Band Camp, and in the weeks that have followed, to prepare for the season.

Video of the pregame and halftime shows from 9.4.09 are posted here. Students are encouraged to view the video as a learning tool as we prepare for a busy upcoming week. Due to the holiday weekend, and two performances this coming week (Sept. 11 & 12) we will not be able to take time during class to review the video.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

2009-10 Fine Arts Honors Program Documents Now Available

Students interested in pursuing the District 99 Fine Arts Honors Program may access PDF files of the Program Handbooks, and Application, by following the links below:

Music Handbook

Visual Art Handbook

Program Application (Due September 18, 2009)