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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

DGN All State Musicians Named

Congratulations to the following students who have earned All-State Honors in music!

All State Choir
Patrick Murray (12)

All State Orchestra
Katie Krainc (12)
Rachel Pfeifer (10)
Katie Portman (12)

All State Jazz Band
Brett Latman (12)
Spencer Schillerstrom (11)

All State Future Music Educator
Erin Elgass (12)

All State Music Composition
- Results not announced yet.  We hope to hear next week.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DGN Jazz Ensemble @ Mullen's

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Ensemble on an outstanding performance this evening at Mullen's in Lisle, IL. The band played an exciting set with precision and musical depth. If tonight's performance - and the crowd reaction - are any indication, 2012-13 is going to be filled with many great jazz performances.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

D99 Orchestra Preps for Holiday Concerts

DGN & DGS instrumentalists in the District 99 Orchestra are hard at work this morning preparing for the 2012 Holiday Mosaic (North High - December 11) and 2012 Holiday Concert (South High - December 13).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Reasons I’m Thankful to work with the DGN Band

Having the opportunity to be a part of the DGN Band’s performance yesterday, on Thanksgiving, caused me to take stock in a number of things I’m particularly ‘thankful’ for.  They include …

The opportunity to work with an amazing group of young adults who pour their hearts and souls into their music.

The opportunity to lead students who care about their school, and perpetuating the school’s reputation for excellence.

The opportunity to teach in a community that is filled with incredibly supportive parents and guardians, many of who dedicate countless volunteer hours to assist our Fine Arts programs at North High.

A Board of Education (District 99) and Administration (D99 and DGN) that value the importance of expanding the boundaries of a traditional classroom, and support Educational Travel for our student musicians.

The opportunity to collaborate with a tremendously dedicated chaperone team, all who were willing to give up time with their families on an important holiday – in order to support the students of the DGN Band.  And a special shout-out to Mr. Miller, who served as the lead-planner for this particular tour.

The spouses, children, parents and other family members of our chaperones, who supported this tour and the invitation for our Band to perform in the 2012 Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands, even though it meant time away from home and family. 

Parents, you should be incredibly proud of your children.  Not only have they been tremendous music ambassadors for our community, they have been polite, considerate, and well-mannered throughout the course of our tour thus far.  Even when through the most exhausting phase of the performance tour, it has been amazing to see the work ethic, responsibility and spirit that are synonymous with ‘DGN Bands.’   

- Brayer Teague

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner with Mickey Mouse

Congratulations DGN Band!

Congratulations to the Trojan Marching Band on an absolutely incredible performance this afternoon at the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands.

The entire DGN community can and should be proud of the band for their tremendous musicianship and performance as Honorary Cast Members.

Early Thanksgiving Morning Rehearsal @ Disney

While many are sleeping in this morning, the members of the Trojan Marching Band have been hard at work since 3:45 am, preparing for the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands.

The band is about to finish their rehearsal in Hollywood Studios with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass. Breakfast comes next, followed by a couple of hours for the band members to enjoy the park before this afternoon's performance in front of an audience that is predicted to be in the tens of thousands.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DGN Marching Band Prepares for Thanksgiving Day Performance in Orlando

After checking into the beautiful Rosen Center Hotel, DGN students and staff met members of the other participating bands for dinner.

Thanksgiving Eve was spent in a rigorous rehearsal preparing for tomorrow's big performance.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Muriel Anderson @ DGN

Internationally acclaimed guitarist, musician and composer Muriel Anderson spent time at North High School this morning, giving a recital/master class. Ms. Anderson provided insight into developed guitar performance techniques, and, discussed with the students her career pathway as a performer.
Ms. Anderson will appear on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8 PM in the Johnson Auditorium at North High School for her annual homecoming concert in Downers Grove. Tickets are available at the door for this concert. In addition to the amazing home made treats during intermission, harmonica player Howard Levy will appear as a guest artist. Ms. Anderson will also lead a guitar workshop on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 PM at the Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove.
Special thanks to Ms. Anderson for sharing her passion and performance with the students at DGN today!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanks for your votes - DGN video wins!

The faculty, staff and students of the DGN Fine Arts Department wish to thank everyone who helped the DGN Fine Arts 'viral video' win the ABC-7 Morning Show School Spirit Contest!  The video jumped into first place on Friday morning, and never looked back, picking up over 3,600 votes by the time the polls closed on Sunday night.

Tune in to ABC-7 Chicago (WLS) Monday morning, between 6:50 and 6:55 am, as ABC will feature our video and turn the spotlight on the amazing students of DGN!

Thanks again, and Go Trojans!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Images from IMEA 2012

Trojan Musicians @ IMEA District 1 Music Festival

44 DGN student musicians are on the campus of West Leyden High School
today for the IMEA District 1 Music Festival.

Congratulations to our amazing students for representing DGN with
poise and class, and for earning this regional honor.

Fall Band Concert - Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band & Symphonic Band

Congratulations to the members of the Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band, and
Symphonic Band for terrific performances this past Thursday night. Way
to go Trojans!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Webcast of DGN Marching Band in Florida

Great news for fans of our DGN Trojan Marching Band!  We learned today that the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Parade of Bands performance will be broadcast on the web, Friday, November 23, at 3:00 pm CST.  The name of the sponsoring website is ''.

Click here for a the link to the webcast.

The broadcast will be available for viewing several months following the performance, so families should not feel as if they have to watch it live.

Rock The Vote! Show the world how great DGN Fine Arts students really are!

Okay Trojans!  Time to ROCK the VOTE!!!

Vote for our DGN Fine Arts video on the ABC-7 website ...

And you can vote TWICE by going to their Facebook page, and choosing our video in their poll ...

Internet Explorer seems to be the best 'browser' to use for voting.  (Chrome may not work.)

You can only vote once per computer terminal (IP addresses are tracked).  But who's to say you couldn't vote today at work ... and then at home again this weekend?  It's the Chicago way, right?!

The winning school will be announced on the ABC-7 Morning Show, Monday at 6:55 a.m.

Help us show the region how great DGN Fine Arts students are!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


DGN Fine Arts Department's 'Good Time' video was featured on ABC-7 television this morning.

Go Trojans!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DGN Fine Arts Video Gaining Momentum ...

Our Fine Arts "It's Always A Good Time" video is over 4,100 views, and climbing!

We learned today that it has been picked up by ABC-7 TV in Chicago, and a portion of the video will be featured on the Morning Show Thursday morning, November 15th, at 6:20 a.m.

ABC-7 has also added the video to a 'viral video / School Spirit' competition.  Votes may only be cast on Friday of this week.  Visit this link to cast your vote Friday.

The Patch ran an article this morning about our video.  You may view it here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall Band Concert Features DGN, Herrick & Gaudete Brass

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Wind Ensemble, DGN Jazz Ensemble, and Herrick Middle School Band for a wonderful concert tonight!

Joining our students on stage tonight were the members of the Gaudete Brass, who performed Shadowcatcher, a Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble.

D99 Jazz Musicians Support D99 Foundation

Students from the North and South Jazz Combos joined forces on Monday night at Tom & Eddie's to perform at a District 99 Education Foundation fundraiser.  The students coordinated their performance collaboratively, and demonstrated through their music the great spirit of District 99.

Thanks are extended to each of these students for their volunteerism in support of District 99!

Fall Band Concerts This Week

Tuesday, November 13: Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and the Herrick Middle School Band. Special guests: Gaudete Brass.

Thursday, November 15: Jazz Lab Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band.

Both concerts begin at 7 pm in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Season Culminates in Quarter Finals

The members of the Trojan Marching Band extend heartfelt congratulations to the 2012 Varsity Football Team for an impressive run through the IHSA Playoffs, all the way into the Quarter Finals. "We Love Our Team!"

The DGN Fine Arts Faculty and North High Administration thank the members of the Trojan Marching Band for a wonderfully spirited season, filled with great music and dedicated service to school and community. Best wishes to the band in the final week of preparations leading to the Disney Thanksgiving Parade of Bands.

DGN at the 2012 IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival

DGN was well represented in the 2012 IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Lincoln-Way Central High School. Sixteen student musicians from DGN auditioned into the combo and the four jazz bands. Each ensemble rehearsed during the day with a guest conductor and presented a concert to culminate their learning.

Just over 100 students from more than 40 high schools participated in this event. Including the student musicians from South High School, more than 25% of the total student participation in the festival was from District 99. Literally one in every four students at the festival was from either North or South High School.

Special congratulations to the students below for their selection to the festival this year:

Augustine Calvino (12) Alto Sax
Sebastian Calvino (11) Trombone
Jeremy Craven (11) Trumpet
Charlie Dawes (11) Trombone
Tommy Donnelly (11) Trumpet
Erin Elgass (12) Alto Sax
Justine Hung (11) Piano
Robby Kulik (11) Drums
Brett Latman (12) Trumpet
Kyle Lewandowski (11) Tenor Sax
Nate Little (12) Bari Sax
Sam O’Neil (12) Trumpet
Joe Pacheco (11) Trumpet
Spencer Schillerstrom (11) Tenor Sax
Jennifer Vetrone (10) Trumpet
Joe Vitti (12) Bass Trombone