Wednesday, November 26, 2008


As the Basketball Season begins tonight, I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the attendance policy for the Saint Patrick Bands (as stated in the Jazz Band Handbook):

Enrollment in jazz band automatically involves attendance at all rehearsals and performances. Absences from daily class time rehearsals are covered under school procedures. Occasionally, extra rehearsals (sectionals, individual instruction, extra help) outside of school time are arranged and attendance is expected unless arrangements have been made in advance. Absences from performances can considerably affect a grade depending upon the reason, means of notification, and amount of advance notice. If a possible absence can be foreseen, a note should be given to the director when the conflict is first discovered. Outside employment is not considered an excused absence. AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM A PERFORMANCE MAY AFFECT FUTURE PARTICIPATION AND ADVANCEMENT IN THE BAND PROGRAM. School class work (which Jazz Band IS) is a top priority. Illness should be of a major nature to be considered excused. If the absence needs to be made up, the director will inform you of his expectations afterwards. In the case of a last minute situation, every effort must be made to notify the director of the absence. However, you must try to avoid all conflicts of schedules (see BAND CALENDAR). It is virtually impossible to make up an absence of equal importance or weight as the actual performance itself. Do not feel that one person’s absence will not make a difference – every one is important.

I understand that there are inevitably conflicts that arise. I ask for your understanding that if you anticipate an absence, please let me know as soon as possible. In most cases I can cover the part if there is an absence but only if I have enough rehearsal time to do so. Please also review the 2008-2009 Calendar for future conflicts. Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

2008 IMEA Music Festival

I just returned home from the 2008 IMEA District 1 Music Festival. This yearly event, sponsored by the members of the Illinois Music Educators Association, featured rehearsals and performances by the area's finest high school musicians at Downers Grove South High School. In October, 2100 students from high schools throughout the Chicago area auditioned to be a part of the All-District Band, Choir, or Orchestra. Sophomore Andrew Ellison, trombone, represented the Saint Patrick Bands as a member of the IMEA District 1 Band.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Honors Jazz Band Performs at Skokie Theatre

The Honors Jazz Band performed in concert with Jeff Hedberg & C11 at 7:00 tonight at the Skokie Theatre. The men performed exceptionally well in this newly renovated theatre. They performed many of the same works from their October 29 concert: The Raider Returns, Thaditude, This Can't Be Love, Out of Nowhere, and In the Stone.

Following a short intermission, Jeff Hedberg & C11 performed music from the Mel Torme library. Arranged by Marty Paich, this music features the unusual instrumentation of 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba, piano, bass, drums, and voice. C11 is comprised of local jazz greats like Joe Lill, Darren Scorza, Ken Spurr, Josh Shapiro, Nick Drozdoff, Steve Duncan, Rich Armandi, Matt Monroe, Dan Levine, Rich Moore, and Mark Colby. Led by singer/trumpet player Jeff Hedberg, C11 performed a challenging program that highlighted the ensemble's outstanding soloists and fantastic vocal stylings.