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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Be Inspired: World Class Music Ensembles in D99 Sunday! #99Learns @DGNBands @DGSBands

Two of the world's most famous and prestigious music ensembles, The Cavalier's Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, will be in residence on the North and South campuses of District 99 this Sunday, June 21.  Both ensembles will be in town preparing for the "Cavalcade of Brass" drum and bugle corps show to be held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL this coming Sunday night.  Tickets for the show may be purchased here.

The Cadets will be rehearsing on the Sough High campus Sunday late morning, and afternoon.  The Cavaliers will be rehearsing on the North High campus during this same time period.  Precise rehearsal schedules have not yet been announced, but drum and bugle corps typically focus on small group practice in the mornings (drum line, brass line, color guard), and then combine for full ensemble work in the afternoon following a lunch break.

The rehearsals of both corps are open to students from our District 99 band programs, as well as community members at large, to observe.  There is a lot to learn from watching these precision music ensembles focus on collective group goals in their quest for artistic excellence.  We strongly encourage all D99 music lovers to make time on Sunday to visit both campuses and be inspired through observation and listening.

DGN Marching Band Preps for Independence Day Parade #99Learns

Members of the DGN Marching Band were hard at work Wednesday evening preparing for the Downes Grove Independence Day Parade.

Monday, June 15, 2015

DGN Band Members: July 4th Parade Practice Wednesday Night!

This Wednesday night (June 17) is the first of only two practices to get ready for the Downers Grove Fourth of July Parade.  DGN Band members will work together from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Please meet in the band room by 6:25 PM, ready for instructions.

Students may enter the band room through Main Street, or through the back door in the south-east corner of the football stadium (door 22).

Please make sure you wear closed-toe tennis/gym shoes (no sandals or flip flops!).  A water bottle is recommended.

If you have not yet printed out your music for the parade, you have two choices:  1) ask for a copy at Wednesday night's practice, or 2) print one out yourself to look over this week before coming!

Sheet music, and a practice audio file may be found here:

A flyer with all the performance details, may be found by clicking here, or viewing the embedded document below ...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Band Leaders Prep for 2015-16 #99Learns

Summer Vacation? Nah. Not quite yet. We're already getting ready for 2015-16!

Thanks are extended to our Band Student Leadership Team, as well as Dr. Thomas Bough of Northern Illinois University, for a great workshop today!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

@DGNFineArts @D99Orchestra Musicians Rocking Out with Ben Folds! #99Learns

Great videos surfacing on YouTube of our three outstanding @DGNFineArts @D99Orchestra cellists (from L-R) Tim Edwards, Amelia Smerz and Liam Morgan rocking out with Ben Folds at the Chicago Theatre!

@D99Orchestra @DGNFineArts musicians perform with Ben Folds @ChicagoTheatre with @ChiYSO #99Learns

Congratulations to DGN students Tim Edwards, Liam Morgan, and Amelia Smerz, who performed on Saturday night - as a part of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra - in a marquee concert at the Chicago Theatre with legendary music artist Ben Folds.  Amelia, Liam, and Tim - each accomplished cellists and classically trained musicians - made up nearly 40% of the cello section for this program.  

Kudos to our @D99Orchestra and @DGNFineArts students for their incredible professionalism and artistry!