Thursday, August 8, 2013

Here we go!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Austin O'Brien and I am the new Band Director and Music Teacher at Saint Patrick High School. I am very excited to be teaching at St. Pats and I'm looking forward to all the wonderful playing opportunities we will have this year. I want to tell you a little about myself.

I am a graduate of Saint Patrick High School. I attended Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During my time there, I have had many performing and teaching opportunities with concert bands, choirs, percussion ensembles, and jazz bands. I am fired up about taking this music program to new and exciting places over the next few years and I hope you are too!

I have updated all of the "Documents (.pdf)" on this blog. I recommend that all students and parents take a look at the Handbook and Calendar before school gets started so we can all have an idea of what the school year will look like. Don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions you might have. Have a great rest of your summer and I'll see all of you soon! Go Shamrocks!

Mr. Austin O'Brien
Band Director and Music Teacher
Saint Patrick High School
773-282-8844 ext. 260

Monday, May 20, 2013


Check out the concert videos from the Spring Band & Percussion Concert and the Spring Jazz Concert These are playlists and all videos are included even though only the first group is shown:

Monday, March 18, 2013

North Side Irish Parade

Parade day 2. This time on the north side down Northwest Highway. Special thanks to '12 alum Jake Spizzirri for playing drums.
James Dequilla, guitar; Taylor Hickson, bass; Jake Spizzirri, drums

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Downtown Saint Patrick's Day Parade

It was a cold but fun day for the Shamrocks at Saturday's Downtown Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

James Dequilla, guitar; Brandon Varela, bass; Joe Muzupappa, drums

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


It's almost time! This Saturday, February 23, the Saint Patrick Jazz Ensembles will make the trip to Rolling Meadows High School to compete in the 28th Annual Jazz in the Meadows Festival. Please consider joining us for the day. Festival tickets for the entire day are $10 adults/$7 students or $7 adults/$5 students for the Grand Finale concert. Check our itinerary for SPHS specific information (in the sidebar under Band Documents). You can also get more festival information at their homepage: Jazz in the Meadows or on Facebook by joining their group: Jazz in the Meadows Fans. I also hope to be Tweeting our day's activities. You can follow me @Shamrock_Music.