Tuesday, January 29, 2008

2008 Jazz in the Meadows Schedule!

The 23rd annual Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival takes place on Saturday, February 23. Jazz Band, Honors Jazz Band, and Combo will be competing in this all-day festival that features some of the best high school and junior high ensembles throughout the Midwest. This year the noontime guest artists are The Chicago College of Performing Arts Faculty Combo including: Paul Wertico - drums, Jim Gailloreto - sax, Henry Johnson - guitar, Jim Trompeter - piano, Rob Amster - bass, Jim Trompeter - piano). For the Grand Finale Concert, guest artists include the College of Lake County Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Flack. In addition, students will get to participate in jam sessions and clinics. Helpful links:
Jazz in the Meadows Website
Shamrock Bands Schedule for the Festival

Friday, January 25, 2008

Athletic Band Good News/Bad News

First the bad news.... There is a problem with three dates on the upcoming home basketball game schedule. Somehow I scheduled a game performance for Saturday, February 2 that does not exist and did not schedule the two home games on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9. So the net result is that there is one extra game in the schedule. However....

The good news is that it won't change the total amount of games that will be played. Because the February 2 game was originally scheduled for BOTH Green & Gold bands, Green Band will play for the February 8 game and Gold Band will play for the February 9 game. Since Jazz Band will be playing at New Trier H.S. earlier on February 9, I will provide pizza for those guys staying through for the game.

I am sorry if this creates a problem with family schedules. I will of course honor any previously scheduled conflicts. The scheduled February16 game is still correct. Please make every effort to be at your assigned game. If you cannot attend, please find a substitute and see me ASAP.

State of the Art Change

All Concert Band members should note that we will NOT participate in this year's State of the Art Concert Band Competition held on February 16 at Brother Rice H.S. I have many reasons for this change - all of which I will discuss with you in rehearsal. I will not post any comments to this change and would appreciate that you would not as well. I apologize if this has caused any scheduling problems.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Leave Your Words of Encouragement!!

We enter our first competition of the year this Saturday with the Northshore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School. To leave encouraging words for the bands, just click COMMENTS below and leave a message in the comments box. The guys have worked very hard. Show your support! Let's fill up the page!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Hey, Its a Blog!

I introduce to you the very first Saint Patrick Band Blog. Woo-Hoo! In creating this blog I hope to improve communication (and have a little fun as well).

On this blog will be things related to the Saint Patrick Band Program. There will be posts about the jazz bands, concert band, athletic bands, combos, and anything else of interest to all Shamrock Band students AND parents.

I do hope that you will join this little blogging community by interacting & commenting. Maybe the first thing I should do is ask you, "What would you like to see here?" I'll even give you a two bar count-off. Ready? One... Two... One, two, three, four...

In the interest of self-deprecating humor, I am not nearly cool enough to be in this picture with this guy, but here's one of my favorite non-family pictures: