Thursday, December 27, 2012


After many weeks of delays, the 2012 Fall Jazz Concert video has been uploaded to YouTube and posted in the sidebar. It features the Jazz Band, Combo, and Honors Jazz Band with special guests Dr. Joseph Lill (North Park University) on trumpet and Adam Thornburg (SPHS alum) on trombone! Please make sure to check it out!

p.s. Band & Percussion Concert will be posted soon!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the Saint Patrick Music students and faculty, I want to wish all friends of SPHS Music a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The second semester will be a very busy one including concert performances, festival & contest performances, Chicago Symphony open rehearsal, performance by the US Marine All Star Jazz Band, and the spring trip to New York City!!!! May all students get plenty of rest and practice!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Welcome Back Band Alumni!

Thanks to the SPHS Band & Percussion Alumni that returned to play with the Basketball Band for the annual Thanksgiving Tournament. A fun time was had by all.

David Rodriguez, Jake Spizzirri, Mr. C.,
 Jack O'Brien, Armaan Yazdani, Austin O'Brien

Matt Jankiewicz, Mr. C, Brad Donatille

Markeise Russell, Will Petrovich, Kevin Gallagher,
Mr. C., Eddy Chevere, Ed Stypka, Tim Puczkowskyj

Monday, November 5, 2012


This is a busy week, but exciting, for the SPHS Bands.

WEDNESDAY, November 7 - Butter Braid fundraiser ends. Students should plan to turn in their forms and money in class. Please make sure that the money matches form. Butter Braids will be delivered on Tuesday, November 20 after school - in time for THANKSGIVING! Mmmmmm........
Butter Braid braided pastries

THURSDAY, November 8, 7:30 p.m. - JAZZ CONCERT. Join the Jazz Band, Honors Jazz Band, and Combo in their first performance of the year as they welcome special guest artist, Joe Lill. Dr. Lill is the Director of Bands at North Park University and one of Chicago's finest trumpet players. Tickets are $5 (students free w/ID) and can be purchased at

SATURDAY, November 10 - IMEA District 1 Jazz Festival, Lincoln-Way Central High School. Senior trumpeter Giovanni Garcia was selected to perform with Jazz Ensemble II. Congratulations to Gio for this great honor!

Next week: OPEN HOUSE & IMEA Music Festival!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Butter Braid Fundraiser Begins!

The Butter Braid Fundraiser begins tomorrow, October 24 and runs until November 7. These awesome pastries can be purchased from the students for only $12. We will have a tasting after school tomorrow. Stop on by for a delicious taste. Check out the variety on their website: Butter Braid Mmmmmm.............

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pops Concert

Please join students from Chorus and Percussion II on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 7:30pm, for the first annual “Fall Pops Concert” in the Stahl Theatre at Saint Patrick High School. Enjoy pop music from all genres, each with a unique twist! Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds benefit the Music Department’s Spring Field Trip to New York.  ‘Some Nights’ are boring but come enjoy the ‘Piano Man’ and you won’t be disappointed!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New York Trip

Seats on the bus for the Spring Music Trip to New York City are filling up quickly! Please make sure to send in your deposit and commitment form to Mr. Carroll as soon as possible to reserve your spot on this awesome trip full of music, culture, and history. Shamrock Music.... Making Music, Making Memories, Making History!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Music Trip Deposit

We have been steadily receiving deposits for the Spring Music Trip to New York City. If you have not already done so, please return your deposit and trip commitment form by next Monday, October 8. Chaperons should also communicate their intention to go by this time. If you cannot turn in the deposit by next Monday, but still plan on going, please see Mr. Carroll. We want all available Shamrock musicians to experience this awesome trip!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Homecoming 2012

Tomorrow is the big Homecoming Game versus Joliet Catholic. at Hanson Stadium. Come out and show your support for our school community. The band will meet at school at 9 a.m. To warm-up, load the bus and travel to the stadium in time for the 11 a.m. kickoff. Assuming the games run on time, we should be back between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New York Trip Meeting Recap

Thank you to all who attended last night's meeting. It was a great turnout! If you were unable to attend, please download the trip forms using the links in the right sidebar. The deposit and Commitment Agreement need to be returned to Mr. Carroll or Ms. Courchaine by October 8 to guarantee your spot. The first 50 students to return their deposit and agreement will be guaranteed a spot, so turn it in ASAP. At the meeting we also discussed fundraising options that will be presented to your son and on this website. If you have any questions please contact your ensemble director.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New York Trip Meeting Tomorrow

I am getting very excited for tomorrow's Spring Music Trip Meeting. Even if you're not sure if you can afford it, please come to the meeting. I think that you will see how beneficial this experience will be to your son. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the library!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spring Trip Informational Meeting

Please make every effort to attend the Spring Trip Informational Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Library. This year's trip is set to take place April 1 - 6, 2013 to NEW YORK CITY!!!! We have a lot of exciting things planned. You won't want to miss it! If you can't attend the meeting, we will send the information home with your son. Even if you're on the fence, please try to be at the meeting. We will be going over trip cost, fundraising options, the itinerary, etc. Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Homecoming Game Rescheduled!

Parents & students should be aware that due to the death of Dr. Schmidt's wife, this week's homecoming festivities have been rescheduled for the September 29th game versus Joliet Catholic. To accommodate this change, the athletic band will perform for the homecoming game on the 29th and NOT at this Saturday's game versus Benet. Please make every effort to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 2 in Review

On Monday, the bands were treated to a special performance by the U.S. Army Brass Brigade from Fr. Bragg, NC. The band consisted of 8 players who played unique arrangements of popular tunes. The students had a great experience and provided great energy. During the performance, the soldiers spoke to the students about the Army Bands and their mission as military musicians.

Thanks to all parents in attendance at the Parent Tour Night yesterday. We have a lot of exciting things happening this year. If you have any questions, please email me.

Next Saturday, September 8, is our Homecoming performance at Hanson Stadium. Please come out and show your support.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Band Performs at Soldier Field!

Saturday, August 25, the Shamrock Athletic Band (combined JB & HJB) performed at  the football season  opener at the home of the Chicago Bears, historic Soldier Field! Though the team didn't win, the band showed great spirit and performed well. The band will also perform at the Homecoming Game on September 8th at Hanson Stadium. Be sure to come out and support the Saint Patrick Shamrocks!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome Back!

Hope everybody had a fun and relaxing summer. This year promises to be very exciting with scheduled performances at Soldier Field, festivals, concerts with special guest artists, basketball games, parades, and our bi-annual spring trip to (drum roll) NEW YORK CITY! If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to submit your email in sidebar box to get updates from the website. Also, please take a moment to read the important documents located in the sidebar and take special note of the 2012-2013 Calendar. As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks!

Monday, April 30, 2012


Congratulations to the Percussion Ensembles, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensembles on their fantastic performances this week! On Wednesday, April 25, the Concert Band, Beginning Band and Percussion Ensembles treated the audience with the music of Gustav Holst, Frank Ticheli, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. Two days later, the jazz ensembles welcomed 7-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico to the Stahl Family Theatre Stage. The groups performed the music of Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, Josef Zawinul, Brad Meldhau, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, and student composer, Luis Rivas. The final selections of the evening featured Paul Wertico playing Buddy Rich classics with the Honors Jazz Band. It was a week that will be hard to forget. Videos soon to follow..... Way to go Shamrock Music!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Playing an Instrument Helps Tune the Brain

"Note to husbands who need excuses to play the guitar with their buddies and to parents justifying the cost of their children's piano lessons: A new study from Northwestern University in Evanston says lifelong playing of musical instruments has a positive impact on the brain." See the rest of the article here: Playing and Instrument Helps Tune the Brain

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blue Man Group Performance

WOW! What a fantastic performance! Today the SPHS Bands & Percussion Ensembles were treated to a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Record warmth at 80 degrees and it's still officially winter? They have updated the performance a bit since last we attended. Freshman Harrison Sterling got to be a part of the performance and did a great job.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Music Department Benefit

Please consider joining us for our annual Saint Patrick Music Department Benefit, this year entitled "Club Shamrock." The event will take place Thursday, March 15, at 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Saint Patrick Performing Arts Centre Atrium. The cost of the event is $20 per person (at the door) and will include drinks (beer, wine, soda), dinner buffet from 7:30-9, and live music from Nia Quintet. Also featured will be a Split the Pot Raffle and Door Prizes. This is a 21 and over event. Proceeds of the event will go to the Saint Patrick Music Department. Invite your friends! Come on out for what will be a fun time of fantastic food and wonderful music! Thanks for your support of Saint Patrick High School Music!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Honors Jazz Band at St. Giles Jazz Night

Please consider joining the Saint Patrick Honors Jazz Band as they perform for the first time at the annual St. Giles Jazz Night Wednesday night, February 29 at 7:00 p.m. They will perform along side the St. Giles Jazz Band, Fenwick Jazz Ensemble and special guest artists Tom Garling, Juli Wood, and Rob Curtis. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. St. Giles is located at 1030 N Linden Avenue in Oak Park and the performance will be in the gymnasium. Students and families can access an itinerary for the day here: St. Giles Itinerary. LET'S GET A BIG CROWD TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SHAMROCK JAZZ!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

NCBA Solo Contest Comes to SPHS

THANK YOU to all who helped on our very first NCBA Solo Contest hosting. Almost 50 students and their families attended and things ran very well. Thank you to all of those who donated baked goods - Ms. Fiorante, Dr. Brown, Ms. Armstrong, Ms. DiProva, and Ms. Gallagher. Thank you also to the student and parents who donated their time, especially Mr. Catalano, Mr. Michelli, and Mr. Sterling. Many students and families expressed to me there appreciation at how welcoming and helpful you all were. Thanks again!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

JITM Recap

‎2012 Jazz in the Meadows is in the books. The guys played great but, alas, we came away with II (two) ratings (out of 3) for all three groups. It's such a tough festival, but it's good for us. Besides it's great for them to hear all of the other schools and what is possible for THEM to achieve if they work hard. Wheeling was Grand Champ and sounded awesome. I forgot the solo award certificates at school or I would post the result. I will edit this post when I see them (probably Sunday). Way to go Shamrocks!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jazz in the Meadows Saturday!

Well it's almost here. Our final band festival of the year happens this Saturday, February 25 at Rolling Meadows High School. Please consider attending what is the largest jazz festival/competition in the Midwest. Nearly 100 high school and junior high jazz bands from all over the Midwest (including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri—even California) come to play and compete in over 100 performances. The Saint Patrick Jazz Band, Honors Jazz Band, and Combo will be competing. In the past we have fared well, placing in the top three in our division on multiple occasions. Won't you please show your support by attending one or all of the performances? For information on the day's events you can click the link in the Documents sidebar or go to the festival page: Jazz in the Meadows. If you would like to save some money and still attend, please consider chaperoning. Contact Mr. Carroll for further information.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Esprit de Corps Award!

Congratulations to the members of the Saint Patrick Concert Band on today's performance at the 2012 State of the Art Catholic Band Competition hosted by Saint Viator High School. The band performed second, at 9:10 a.m., and placed 5th in class A, only 2.5 points away from 3rd. They performed Fidelity March by Karl King and Amen! by Frank Ticheli. Throughout the day the band was treated to outstanding musical performances by the area's best Catholic high school band programs. The highlight of the day was the awards ceremony when the Saint Patrick Concert Band received the Jim Moore Esprit de Corps Award for exemplary bandsmen-ship and conduct. Way to go Shamrocks!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jazz Fest Recap

What a fun time we had at the Frank Mantooth jazz Festival at New Trier H.S.! After two superb performances by our Jazz Band and Combo, the rest of the day was filled with clinics, workshops, high school performances, and performances by the Marquis Hill Blacktet, the Directors' Big Band, and finally by the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra with special guest Etienne Charles!! We received some excellent feedback with which we will use to improve for our next performance. Here is a video of the Jazz Band performance:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival

Please consider joining the Jazz Band and Combo at the 29th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School this Saturday, February 4. The Combo will perform at 9:00 a.m. and the Jazz Band will perform at 11:00 a.m. A detailed itinerary of our day's events can be found here: Jazz Fest Itinerary. Daytime attendance to the festival is FREE and is filled with great high school performances workshops/clinics, and highlighted by performances by the Marquis Hill Black-tet, the Directors Big Fat Band (Mr. Carroll is playing lead trombone), and the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra. If you wish to stay, the evening concert will feature the Chicago Jazz Ensemble with special guest Nicholas Payton. Tickets must be purchased for evening concert on the festival website. We will be leaving SPHS at 7:00 a.m. and should be home by 6:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy the day of great music with us!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Home BBall Updates

Please don't forget that we have a home basketball game this Saturday against Loyola Academy. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Students need to be on stage and ready to play by 7:00 p.m.

Due to the fact that both gyms will be in use, we will NOT be playing for the Friday, February 3rd game versus Marian Central Catholic. Enjoy the evening off & save up your energy for the next day's festival.

Lastly, there is a small error in the schedule regarding game times. All games should be scheduled to start, as usual, at 7:30 p.m. and NOT 8:30 p.m. Sorry if there was any confusion.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

North Shore Jazz Fest Recap

Congratulations to the Shamrock men on their outstanding performances at the festival today. Both the Honors Jazz Band and Combo received high marks for their performance. Honors Jazz Band placed second in Class A! Best of all, they got to work with fantastic professional musicians and hear great performances. The day culminatd with a terrific performance by last year's grand champion, Wheeling High School and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Bob Lark.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 North Shore Jazz Festival Saturday

Please consider joining us this Saturday, January 21, at the 2012 North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School. The Honors Jazz Band will perform at 1:40 p.m. and the Combo performs at 4:00 p.m. The final concert begins at 6:05 with a guest performance by the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble. There is a $10 admission fee ($5 for seniors or children under 12) or $25 family admission fee.. Parents, if you would like to get in for free by helping to chaperone, please email Mr. Carroll. Come out and cheer the bands on as they compete in the first festival this year. Check out the detailed itinerary: North Shore Jazz Fest Itinerary. For more information, click the links above.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Basketball Game Thank You

Thank you, one and all, for your participation in tonight's home basketball game versus Taft H.S. I really appreciate the excellent attendance! Everyone sounded great. Special thanks to the alumni band members who added to your spectacular sound tonight!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Home Basketball Game, January 4

DON'T FORGET!!!! We have a home basketball game performance this Wednesday, January 4. You need to be onstage & ready to play BY 6:00 p.m. This is different than what was originally posted in the music calendar! Make sure that you pass the word. There will be alumni playing with you so it should be a lot of fun!