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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Great Lakes Confucius Institute Music Festival at Valparaiso University

The District 99 Symphonic Orchestra participated today in the Great Lakes Confucius Institute Music Festival at Valparaiso University.

Students had the opportunity to learn from talented guest conductors as well as attend a Chinese Instrument Workshop.  Several D99 students were featured in Master Classes.

Congratulations to all the DGN and DGS orchestra members who performed in a series of master classes, rehearsals, and a performance this evening.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mark Kellogg - Eastman School of Music

Downers Grove North Brass students attended an area recital of Mark Kellogg, Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at the Eastman School of Music. Thanks to North Central College for allowing us to spend a few minutes with Professor Kellogg following his excellent concert. Thanks are also extended to Low Brass teacher Catie Hickey for facilitating this opportunity for our students.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Please Vote! Support the DGN Guard!

Our DGN Color Guard / Winter Guard could really use our collective help!

We are in a tight-race in an online voting contest.  The top three schools will receive free or significantly discounted equipment (a performance tarp) for the upcoming competitive season.  Realistically, it may be hard to surpass the current 1st and 2nd place schools.  But we can leapfrog into 3rd place with your help!

If you use Facebook, please use a computer (voting does not work from most mobile device browsers), and go to the following link to vote:

You will only be allowed to vote once.

Scroll down until you see our school (probably listed 3rd or 4th), and support our team!

Voting ends on September 30th.

See a video from our Guard about WHY your support would be incredibly helpful ...

We really appreciate your support, and please ask your friends to support us to with their vote!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Animal" at the 2014 DGN Junior High / Middle School Band Night

450 musicians from DGN, Herrick Middle School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Westview Hills Middle School combined to perform "Animal" at the 2014 DGN Junior High / Middle School Band Night.

DGN Band Welcomes 250 Guest Musicians

The DGN Trojan Marching Band played host to 250 Junior High and Middle School instrumentalists from Herrick, Jefferson and Westview Hills as a part of the annual "Junior High Night" at a North High football game.  

Congratulations to all of the talented and dedicated students who performed last night, and a special thank you to our DGN students for being gracious and welcoming hosts.  


























Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trojan Band Featured Nationally on CBS

Congratulations to the students of the Trojan Marching Band for their excellent work this morning as a part of the CBS-2 Morning Show.
What was seen on TV was only a small portion of the great work that took place on the field.  CBS was thrilled with your music and the decorum you demonstrated. They were amazed at how quickly and cohesively our band responded to last-second requests to form the CBS logo on field.  Vince Gerasole, the field reporter, was effusive in his praise of every aspect of your interactions with the network this morning. 
An unexpected honor today was the fact that CBS producers in New York, following the Twitter feed of CBS-2 Chicago, decided to tap into Chicago's feed, and broadcast our "CBS Eye" logo nationally.  We've been receiving congratulations messages from people all over the United States today. 

Congratulations, again, to all of our students and Band families on a job well done. We all have great reason to feel proud of our DGN and District 99 community today!









Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apollo Duo

Students in all three band classes were treated today to a fabulous performance by the Apollo Duo. The ensemble is in the midst of a 5-week tour through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Downers Grove Art Festival Today!

The weather forecast is perfect for Day 2 of the Downers Grove Arts Festival!  Details about the event may be found here:

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Big 10 Halftime - WOW!

Congratulations to the members of the Trojan Marching Band for a terrific performance at today's University of Illinois football game!

Parade of Bands at U of I

Good Morning from Memorial Stadium

The DGN Trojan Marching Band is on field with the Marching Illini this morning preparing for today's performance at the halftime of the Illinois vs. Western Kentucky NCAA Division I Football game.

Go Illini! Go Trojans!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Our Guard Needs YOUR Vote (and your help spreading the word ...)

Our Guard has entered a contest in an attempt to win a new floor tarp ($1,000+ value) for their competitive Winter Guard season. Why?  Well, you should watch the super-cool video they put together (shown below).

But most importantly, they need YOUR VOTE!  And the vote of your friends.  And the friends of your friends.  Because - when it comes right down to it - which school will win is not about who is truly most deserving (we are of, course) ... but rather who gets the most votes online!

To vote, click here, or on the link below.  This will redirect you to the Facebook Page of the company that is sponsoring the contest.

Once you get to the voting page, you will need to scroll and look for the "Downers Grove North Winter Guard" in order to cast your vote.  The order of the schools is randomized each time the page loads, so you may have to scroll a bit to find DGN.

Thank you to all the members of the Guard who contributed to producing this effort, especially our Captains and our coach Ms. Zaragoza.

Don't forget to vote.  And don't forget to ask others to do the same.  Use Social Media to make this effort go viral!