Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Posted by Glenn Williams at 9:20 PM
The final preparations are being made for the 2015 Fall Jazz Concert at South High School. The performance tonight features student musicians in the Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Featured composers this evening include Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Benny Carter, Wayne Shorter and Artie Shaw. The concert starts at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at South High School. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Posted by Glenn Williams at 8:13 AM
Friday, May 22, 2015
Special thanks to Pete Ellman and Ellman's Music for providing this experience for student musicians throughout the area. This was a fabulous "final exam" for the ensemble as the school year draws to a close. Well done Lab Band!
Posted by Glenn Williams at 9:03 AM
We bid a fond farewell to the South High School Jazz Class of 2015 - thanks for a great season of jazz performance artistry!
Posted by Glenn Williams at 9:02 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Posted by Glenn Williams at 6:59 AM
Monday, January 19, 2015
Congratulation to the student musicians from the Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band and the Jazz Ensemble for their participation in the 2015 Purdue Jazz Festival. Over 60 middle and high school bands participated in the festival, which celebrated its’ 25th year of existence this year.
Jazz Workshop, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band earned Division I ratings from the panel of judges. Jazz Lab Band earned the Outstanding Performance award, second place in their room out of 14 bands. From those 14 bands, junior vocalist Gabrielle Henderson was named the Outstanding Soloist for the entire day, earning a scholarship to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for summer study.
Numerous student musicians were cited by the adjudicators for Outstanding Musicianship for their performances today:
Paul Gurnic, trombone
Gabrielle Henderson, piano
Myles Henderson, piano
Jack Herstowski, guitar
Joe Kreidl, baritone saxophone
Tommy Leinart, piano (2)
Andrew Pawelczyk, drums
Dan Piccoli, alto saxophone
Cassie Plata, tenor saxophone
Max Pokyrznycki, clarinet
Emily Rzeszutko, trumpet
Sam Tedeschi, bass
Melissa Wang, drums
Kat Woltman, bass
“These Mustang musicians represented their school and community with personal and sonic dignity this weekend. “ said Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams. “ This was a fabulous jazz immersion experience.”
Posted by Glenn Williams at 3:24 PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Congratulations to the over 170 student musicians from seven different jazz bands from five different schools that participated in the 2015 Jazz Cafe tonight at South High School in Downers Grove. The varied repertoire during the course of the evening (27 different compositions) provided the audience with a stunning breadth and depth in jazz performance.
Special kudos to the students and directors from our sender schools for participating this evening: Matt Janus and the Eisenhower Junior High School Jazz Band, Keith Carlson and the "Friends of Jazz" from Jefferson Junior High School, Brian Ohlsen and the Lakeview Junior High School Jazz band, and Dave Balika and the O'Neill Middle School Jazz Band. With so many students performing at such a high level, the sonic future burns brightly for Downers Grove and the surrounding communities.
Posted by Glenn Williams at 8:49 PM