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.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Exchange Concert Video

25th Anniversary of Musikschule Exchange

Congratulations to the musicians of the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule for their wonderful concert today in Downers Grove! Nearly 500 persons attended the afternoon concert of music at the historic Tivoli Theatre.

After the concert host families and guests from Germany enjoyed a terrific meal with one another and continued the tradition of a Futbol (Soccer) friendly match. As we have come to expect, the German students prevailed in the match. But the American students (assisted by Mr. Miller's coaching strategy to periodically sneak additional players onto the pitch until the official noticed there were 15 players on the field) put up a valiant effort. Still, even with the advantage of numbers, the Americans could not find the net and fell to Germany 0 - 2.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

German Orchestra, Recorders & Guitars - Free Concert Sunday

Downers Grove and District 99 welcome student musicians from Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany for their concert this Sunday, August 29th, at 1:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Walls of Sound

Congratulations to the Trojan Marching Band for an impressive opening performance on Friday night. The musicianship, energy and spirit of the membership was evident throughout the evening.

(Photography by Colleen Hoppestad.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Season Opener Friday Night!

The 2010 Trojan Marching Band spent Thursday night preparing for the season opener. North opens it's football season Friday night as the Trojans take on the Porters of Lockport High School.
The Trojan Marching Band will enter the stadium Friday night at approximately 7:10 pm., parade the track, and perform a Pre-Game show at 7:25 p.m. The half-time performance will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.
(Photography by Colleen Hoppestad.)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Preview Show Tonight!

The Trojan Marching Band has been hard at work this week preparing for tonight's "Preview Show!" The band will perform in the stands of the football scrimmage tonight from approximately 5:15 - 5:45 pm. Following the stands performance, students will assemble on the practice field where parents, family and friends are invited to watch marching demonstrations and a preview of our "Pre Game Show" at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Coach Wander Welcomes the Marching Band

Coach John Wander addressed the 2010 Trojan Marching Band at last night's practice, stating "The relationship between our band and our team is special. You just don't find it anywhere else. They should do a 60-minutes special about it, because it's an incredible thing."

Text Message Alerts for Band Announced

DGN Band students (and parents) who carry a mobile phone and utilize text messaging services are encouraged to read the following post on our DGN Band's Blog, and to sign up for Band Text Message Alerts.

Standard text messaging rates for the end-user will apply, but you do not need to sign up for any additional subscription service or account.

The Marching Band staff will begin piloting the use of Text Message Alerts this fall for announcements about the Trojan Marching Band.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Band Camp 2010

Band Camp 2010 opened today as DGN greeted over 50 new members of the "Trojan" Marching Band!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Percussion & Guard Mini-Camps

Members of the Percussion and Color Guard sections kicked-off Band Camp 2010 this weekend with mini-camps. Led by instructors Mark Botti (percussion) and Emily Rivera (Color Guard) students are on campus preparing for the upcoming marching band season.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Leadership Training Workshop

Led by Fine Arts teacher Bill Miller, 30 North High Band students are on campus this week exploring strategies for effective leadership.  Today's activities have included 'live blogging' by students as they set goals for the upcoming season and an activity where - working in small teams - students linked their views of leadership to "Heroes" from society and produced multi-media presentations to share with their peers.

"It's wonderful to be back on campus and working with these talented student leaders," said Bill Miller.  Drum major Elizabeth Meier (senior) added, "I'm very excited to gain new perspectives about student leadership. This should be a great week, and an amazing marching band season."

Monday, August 09, 2010

D99 Marching Band Wins CJ Shoemaker Award

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Bill Miller (DGN) and Glenn Williams (DGS) attended the Downers Grove City Council meeting to accept a special award on behalf of the students and staff members from both campuses.

Members of the District 99 Marching Band earned the CJ Shoemaker Award from Downers Grove Major Ron Sandack for their performance in the 2010 Downers Grove Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2010. Students from North and South combine 
annually for this community performance.

Congratulations to the student musicians from both campuses on this recognition for an outstanding performance!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Free German Music Concert - August 29th - Tivoli

Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm, District 99 Fine Arts Departments of North and South High Schools will host students from the music school in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany in a concert at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Among the three groups performing will be a Guitar Ensemble, a String Orchestra, and a Recorder Ensemble. Directed by Antje Kr├╝ger Spindler, the String Orchestra will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Carl Stamitz and Irving Berlin. The Recorder Ensemble is directed by Annette Bachmann and will perform several renaissance selections including music by Henry Purcell. The Guitar Ensemble is directed by Bernd Gehlen and will perform both classical and contemporary works including Mozart and several popular German composers.

These visiting German students, ages 13-20 are part of a community music school that has been participating in music and cultural exchanges with the music students of Downers Grove North and South High Schools since 1985. Students from District 99 have traveled to Germany on six separate occasions and have also visited Austria, Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. The community of Bietigheim-Bissingen is located in the district of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, about 20 miles from Stuttgart. The concert which begins at 1:30 pm is free to the public thanks to the support of Classic Cinemas. The Tivoli Theatre is located at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove, IL 60515.