Monday, February 25, 2008

Jazz in the Meadows RECAP

Thank you to all that made the trip to Rolling Meadows H.S. this past Saturday for the Jazz in the Meadows Festival. Over 60 schools from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota participated in this annual event.

We had two ensembles performing, Jazz Band and Honors Jazz Band. Jazz Band received a III rating with Outstanding Musician awards going to Seniors Pat O'Hara & John Catalano, Junior Jesse Flores, and Sophomores Ed Stypka and Tim Puczkowskyj. Honors Jazz Band received a II rating with Senior Austin O'Brien receiving an Outstanding Musician award. Both bands were adjudicated by some of the top jazz artists & educators in the Midwest and received helpful comments that will help us to improve.

Congratulations to the members of both bands!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bands in the News

Check out the link below for an article on tomorrow's big jazz festival for the Jazz Band & Honors Jazz Band (copy it into your browser's address bar). There's also a picture of the Saint Patrick Jazz Band from last year's festival.

Jazz in the Meadows Article

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chaperons Wanted

Parents,
If you are interested in chaperoning for Saturday's Jazz in the Meadows Festival, contact Mr. Carroll as soon as possible. Chaperons get in for FREE and get a wonderfully comfortable COACH bus ride along with the band!! I can only take up to 4 chaperons, so contact me quickly for your free admission to one our biggest events the year.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jazz Concert with Piano Legend Jim McNeely!

Join the Saint Patrick Jazz Band & Honors Jazz Band as they welcome piano legend Jim McNeely and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble to the Stahl Family Theater next Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. A native Chicagoan, Jim was the pianist for Chet Baker's group, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Stan Getz Quartet, and the Phil Woods Quintet, as well as many other national and international small groups and big bands. Be sure to check out the Video of the Week for some of his amazing skill! His very impressive bio can be found here: Jim McNeely's Home Page. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased through Mr. Carroll, Mr. Neurauter in the business office, or here: Saint Patrick Theater Tickets.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Outstanding Musicians!

Congratulations to senior Pat O'Hara and junior Domenic Montanaro! They were recognized by Doug Beach of Elmhurst College for Outstanding Jazz Musicianship at Saturday's Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School. They will be receiving commemorative certificates in a couple of weeks. Way to go guys!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Frank Mantooth Festival RECAP

Congratulations to all of the members of the Jazz Band on their great performance at New Trier High School's Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival. We left at 7:00 a.m. got to NTHS and performed our three songs at 8:30 for Elmhurst College's Doug Beach. We then saw some great high school bands play. At noon we experienced an awesome contemporary jazz/cuban/rock/etc. group. The guys then participated in an improvisation clinic, sight reading workshop, and instrument master-classes. The director band, the Big Fat Band, with artist Steve Houghton wowed the students with a couple of numbers and the festival concluded with Pat Harbison, Scott Cowan, Steve Houghton and the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble. We then traveled home, had pizza, and played for the home basketball game. Other than that not much happened :-) Seriously, the guys did a great job and I am really proud of them. Next up - Home B-ball on 2/16, concert on 2/21, and Jazz in the Meadows on 2/23.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Posting.....

Thanks to Gina for letting us all know what's happening at ND. Unfortunately, I am new to this whole blogging thing. My original plan was to allow only band members and their families to comment but NOT post. I thought that I did it correctly, but oops, you all can post too. So here's the deal - as of now I will be removing everyone as an "author" but still allow all to continue to comment on any of the posts (you'll still have to log in with your email address). In fact, I encourage it!! Technology is awesome and will allow us to all stay more connected. If you have something that you would like me to post, (such as Gina's NDHS BBall game post) email it to me and I will put it up on the blog. Cool? Let me know by commenting.

It's Senior Night at NDHS!

This from Gina:
HELLO FELLOW BAND MEMBERS!
This Friday Notre Dame is hosting noble street for the seniors last home game! Come and support the seniors on the basketball team. We're trying to fill our gym and tell as many people as possible, so tell everyone you know!!!
YAY!

Friday, February 8 at 4 pm in the Notre Dame gym
3000 North Mango if you dont know where it is..
(enter through gym doors..duh)
FREE ADMISSION
WEAR BLUE!!
....and bring signs is you feel like it.

BE THERE OR BE CIRCLE.
bye! =D

-Ginaaa