Friday, September 11, 2009

Washington, D.C. Information

The 2010 Music Department Spring Trip is scheduled for Washington, D.C. All parents should parents should please look over the information posted on the right sidebar. Though not required to participate, all music students are encouraged to go on the trip, which for some will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Clicking the documents marked Washington D.C. Itinerary and Washington D.C. Summary and Costs will download important information regarding the trip. Please note that the Itinerary is a work in progress and may change over the course of the year. A final itinerary will be given prior to departure.

Lastly, in order to get an idea of how many may be participating, please email Mr. Carroll whether or not your son(s) will be going on the trip. The more students that go, the less expensive the trip will be! I am greatly looking forward to this trip and I hope you will seriously consider having your son go with us. The memories that he will create will last a lifetime!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Parents, if you have not already done so, please fill out the registration form on the right side of this page & email (click box at top of page) it to me as soon as possible ( If you are having difficulty sending it, please save it as a .pdf file and attach it to an email. If that still does not work, please print it out and send it to school with your son. Thanks!

I hope to see you at the Parent Tour Night. If you can, please try to attend. In addition to basic class information, I will be doing a presentation on SmartMusic and how your son can most effectively use this technology. See you Thursday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Concert Videos!

Please take note of the links to the right as I have posted links to the video of the February Jazz Concert with Paul Wertico. They are Windows Media files. You will need Windows Media Player to play them. If you need a copy of the program click here: Windows Media Player.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Basketball Playoff Additions

Parents should be aware by now that we have potentially two additional home basketball games added to the schedule this week because we are hosting the IHSA Regional Championships. On Tuesday, March 3, the Shamrocks will face St. Ignatius. If victorious, Saint Patrick will then play on Friday, March 6. All band students are expected to be on stage and ready to play at 7:00 p.m. Go Shamrocks!

Friday, February 27, 2009


Wow, what a concert! I am very proud of the efforts of the Shamrock bands tonight. I hope that all in attendance had a great time. It is not every day that one gets to perform with one of the great musicians on the planet. Paul Wertico was incredible!!!! His solo was some of the fastest drumming I have ever seen. Amazingly, while playing he dropped his stick; it flipped in the air; he caught it and then kept right on playing as if nothing happened. Funny thing is, Paul said that he barely remembers that happening! All that is left to say is WOW!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jazz Fest in Review

Well, we are on our way home. It was a fantastic festival! The students got to watch and hear some of the legends of jazz today. I hope that they appreciate and remember what they witnessed.

Sorry for not blogging sooner but I was having some technical difficulties. I hope to post some pictures from today's activities soon.

Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival

On Saturday, February 7, the Jazz Band will perform in the 26th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School (Winnetka campus). The Jazz Band will perform at 1:05 on the main stage. The day is full of fantastic performances and clinics including high schools throughtout the midwest, The Ryan Cohan Sextet, The Directors Big Fat Band, The U.S. Army Blues (Jazz Ensemble), jazz education legend Jamey Aebersold, and the world famous Count Basie Orchestra. Before 5 p.m. all performances and clinics are FREE OF CHARGE! If you can't make the trip you can check out the day's events LIVE online at Leave well-wishes for the Shamrock Jazz Band here on the blog!

Friday, January 23, 2009

North Shore Jazz Festival!

Tomorrow is the big day! Honors Jazz Band will perform in the annual North Shore Jazz Fest at Glenbrook South High School at 2:20 p.m. in the Auditorium. Following the high school performances will be a special performance by Rob Parton and his Jazz Tech Big Band. HJB members need to be at SPHS at 9:00 a.m. Come out and show your support or leave a message here on the blog! Location, ticket, and other information can be found here: Glenbrook South High School Bands

Monday, January 12, 2009

Welcome Back & Big News!

Welcome back to school! It's hard to believe that the school year is 1/2 over! There are a lot of exciting events planned for this semester. And now for the BIG news.....

There will be guest artists performing on both of the concerts this semester! I am proud to say that joining the bands this semester will be Chicago saxophonist Mark Colby and 7-time Grammy-Award winning drummer Paul Wertico!!!!! I can hardly wait. More info to follow, but if you want to check out their bios, here are the links:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year & New Music!

As promised, I have posted links to the recordings of some of the songs that we are doing on the right hand side of the page. I will continue to post recordings as we go through the semester. Please listen often to the music that we are rehearsing! There is no substitute for listening to the actual recording!