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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This makes it feel REALLY official!

The DGN and DGS Band concert on Monday, March 2, 2015 has now been listed on the Carnegie Hall Website.

Please note: In addition to tickets being purchased through the "Fan Package," individual tickets will be available for order, online, beginning on January 2, 2015.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adam Mills performs with Carolina Crown

Congratulations to DGN Band member and Trombone Section Captain Adam Mills who recently attended the 'Music For All' Symposium and performed with the world-renown Carolina Crown!  See Adam interviewed at the top of this video ...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

DGN / Phantom Regiment

Drum Corps fans are enjoying the Phantom Regiment's rehearsal today at DGN. Look closely and you'll spot DGN Band alumnus Jesse Backes on the field. Jesse is a first-year music staff member with the corps.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Great Job D99 Marching Band - 2014 Independence Day Parade

































Parade Performance Reminders ...

  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Stay hydrated. 
  • If possible, leave personal instrument cases at home, or in your personal car, and arrive on campus with just your instrument. 
  • The DGN band room will be open for students to retrieve instruments that are currently at school.
  • Arrive on campus in khaki shorts (longer than your finger-tips), a solid white t-shirt (no tank-tops, please), tennis shoes and white athletic socks (no sandals of any kind).  
  • No sunglasses (unless prescription), no hats, flags, face paint, etc. 
  • Uniform polo shirts (purple & blue) will be distributed inside the Field House. Enter through the large door within the stadium complex.  
  • When the parade ends, students will be dismissed near the Community Bank of Downers Grove (1111 Warren Ave.).  *** Note: All uniform polo shirts will be returned at that time.
  • Tubas/Percussion will load drums on bus, and instruments will be returned to DGN.  Students playing those instruments are asked to return to DGN to help put instruments away, but must provide their own transportation (or walk).  

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Successful Tour/Exchange Drawing to Closure

Congratulations to the members of the District 99 Orchestra on a successful and exciting international music exchange that has taken the ensemble to Croatia, Austria, and Germany over the past two weeks.  Reviews of the ensemble's concerts have been spectacular, and - maybe more importantly - students have made friendships (with one another, and with new acquaintances in Germany) that will literally last a lifetime.

The Fine Arts Departments of DGN and DGS are immensely proud of these students - and staff - for serving as wonderful musical and cultural ambassadors through our ongoing exchange program with the city and Musikschule of Bietigheim-Bissinngen.

A special note of thanks is extended to Fine Arts faculty member Ms. Jennifer Mullen for her tireless work to coordinate the hundreds of details that accompany the coordination of an international tour.

Safe travels home on your nation's birthday!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Drum Corps International in town Sunday!

This coming Sunday, July 6, the world renown Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps will be on the campus of Downers Grove North High School, practicing for a competition that will be held in Lisle, IL that evening. DGN & DGS student musicians - as well as family members and friends - are invited to come to the DGN campus and observe the ensemble as they rehearse.  If you have never seen a DCI corps "in action," you will never forget the power of the sound and the visual precision of the marching.

The corps rehearsal schedule for Sunday has not yet been released, but a typical day will include small group work in the morning (break out rehearsals for the brass, percussion and guard), and then full-corps work after a lunch break on the stadium field.

Because Phantom's coach buses and equipment trucks will be using the west parking lot, those who wish to observe should park in the Main Street lot, cross at the light, and then proceed on foot around the exterior of the Field House toward the stadium.

The Sunday evening DCI show, which is sponsored by The Cavalier's Drum & Bugle Corps, and held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, will be a showcase of the best marching arts ensembles in the world.  If you have the time to attend on Sunday night, you are strongly encouraged to buy tickets, and enjoy an amazing night of music and marching.  Details about the show in Lisle, and information about tickets may be found by clicking here.  Tickets may be purchased in advance online, or at the gate.