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!