|Altamont||Altamont||Scott Gercken|| || || || |
|Alton||Alton (Sr.)||Matthew Banks, Alyssa Cudney, Joe Sparks (visual), Briana Scott (guard), Chris Cooper (perc), Peter Hussey (perc), Kim Shelley (perc), Will Ele (brass), Jennifer Shinberger (ww), Marcy Holub (ww)||105|| ||Birds of a Feather|| ... flock together: The show brings together songs that feature birds in the title. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, for instance, and a few other tunes like Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" get mentioned, but the basis of the show is the jazz standard "Birdland."
Originally composed by keyboardist Joe Zawinul for the Weather Report's 1977 album, Heavy Weather , the chart has become required repertoire for any jazz group. It has been recorded by Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and the Manhattan Transfer, which added lyrics by Jon Hendricks.
The title is the name of a jazz club on 52nd Street in New York, where Mr Zawinul used to hang out and where he met his wife. The club got its name, of course, from saxophonist Charlie Parker, whose nickname was "Bird."
The chart was also recorded by Quincy Jones in 1989 on the album Back on the Block . His version, an up-tempo rendition, featured a rap-like introduction. And in 2010, Alton High School brings us a marching band version.|
|Andrew||Tinley Park (Andrew)||Mark Iwinski|| ||Jason Arnold, Sean Hahn, Enedina Gamboa||In the Shadow of Leaves|| Title refers to Samurai tradition, not necessarily as warriors but as administrators. Latest book edition is probably The Art of the Samurai: Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure , by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, translated by Barry D. Steben, Duncan Baird, September 2008, ISBN 1-84483-720-3.
The word "Hagakure" is usually translated as "In the shadow of Leaves" or "hidden leaves." It refers to a time in Samurai history, during which there were no major campaigns to fight. The Samurai had to reinvent themselves in order to function during a time of peace, when their fighting skills were of little use.
In modern times, many readers take the volume as one of self-awareness, mostly in the spiritual domain. We need to understand, at the deepest possible level, how we fit into the world.
Much is written about the culture of the Samurai, including this by Inazo Nitobe in a 1905 book entitled Bushido—The Soul of Japan : "Honor may be demolished, but its light and its glory will long survive their ruins. Like its symbolic flower, after it is blown to the four winds, it will still bless mankind with the perfume with which it will enrich life. Ages after, when its custom will have been buried and its name forgotten, its fragrance will come floating in the air as from a far-off, unseen hill."
Mark Iwinski is a new director at the school, succeeding Dan Romano, who retired last year after a 30-year career, the last 27 of which were at Andrew High School.
Music is by Hans Zimmer and Tetsunoke Kushida.|
|Anna-Jonesboro||Anna (A.-Jonesboro)||Renee McLain|| || || || |
|Antioch||Antioch||Michael Riggs|| ||Alexandria Hoffman, Jordan Jones, DJ Kolpanen||Passion||new director ... music includes four movements: Carmen Opener, Intermezzo, Carmen Soup, and Bacchanale.|
|Arcola||Arcola||Ronda Hodge|| || || || |
|Argo||Summit (Argo)||Bob Good, Megan Covey|| ||Tyler Fleming, Eric Vlasak||George Orwell's 1984||Three movements: Negative Utopia, Winston's Secret, and Big Brother Is Watching You.|
|Atwood-Hammond||Atwood (A.-Hammond)||Tina Nuckols|| || ||A Little Bit o' Jazz||new director ... formerly the general music teacher at the school ... Band director position is now K-12, including general music ... music includes "Rock This Town," "Georgia," and Bette Midler hit "Big Noise from Winnetka."|
|Auburn||Auburn||Bekah Philbrick|| || ||Phantasm|| |
|Aurora Central Catholic||Aurora (Central Catholic)||Brian Patti||0|| ||(no marching band)||pep band only|
|Batavia||Batavia||Ben Collins||110|| ||Reflections|| Based on the music of Pink Floyd.
Band director John Heath, who is transitioning into retirement following a career in music education spanning more than three decades and 20 years at Batavia, joined the school's current marching band director, Ben Collins, to write a paper about advocacy for fine arts programs in high schools. Students have more choices in school today than time allows, they wrote, forcing them to choose wisely:
"This choice can be daunting, and the source of stress. Subjects such as math, science, English, and history are all required but the arts are often not. One might ask as to why their child should study music when they have so many other options. The answers are: music study allows students to express emotions that have no outlet through words, emotions that are important to their development as humans and music study teaches students about other cultures and helps foster a greater understanding of global diversity."|
|Belleville East||Belleville (East)||Mark A. Tessereau, Lacy Wray (support), Nic Goodman (percussion), Matt Amos (percussion), Ashley Junker (woodwinds), Becky Masur (woodwinds), Timothy Hassall (brass)||225||Philip Cheng, Jackie Heffner, Colin Connor, Rebekkah Dothager||... the Box||Outback Bowl in Florida on New Year's, lots of parades, competitions. The show's movements include "Trapped Inside ..." and "Think Outside ..." which are meant to go before the show's overall title, "... the Box." ... hosts invitational festival, 9/11|
|Belleville West||Belleville (West)||Tom Birkner|| || ||Assorted Pop Songs|| Chuck Mangione performing "Children of Sanchez," which is part of Belleville West's show can be found on YouTube, here . The show also includes "Turn, Turn, Turn," by the Byrds, for which the video can be found on YouTube, here . Finally, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes.
"Turn, Turn, Turn," of course, is based on the Bible, Do you know where? Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, I believe.
|Belvidere||Belvidere||David Burrows||75|| ||Heartbreaker; Enter Sandman; Welcome to the Jungle||band is non-competitive ... all band students march ... show changes for each football game (these are three titles) ... also a senior show, for which the seniors take responsibility ... also a homecoming show and a show with the district's 8th graders|
|Bement||Bement||Charity Carls|| || ||Video Game Evolution|| |
|Bishop McNamara||Kankakee (McNamara)||Wayne Schultz||30|| ||(no field show)|| |
|Bismarck-Henning||Bismarck (B.-Henning)||David Schroeder||30|| ||Music of The Who|| |
|Bloomington||Bloomington (H.S.)||Max Chernick, Pamela Kelly||160||Lindsay Byers, Brenna Martin, Meagan Vasel, Sarah Youngs||Ladder of Success||Ladders are more than props on the field during Bloomington's 2010 field show. They represent, visually and musically, our commitment to rising to new occasions every day in our lives. They are a school's desire to do the same—faculty, parents, students, and staff. Over time, whether that's eight minutes during a marching band show or eight decades during our life, the trick is to never stop climbing.|
|Blue Ridge||Farmer City (Blue Ridge)||Christopher Mitchell|| || ||Love|| |
|Bolingbrook||Bolingbrook||Aimee Ruspis||150|| ||x!|| |
|Bremen||Midlothian (Bremen)||Ben Salgado||42|| ||Stevie Wonder|| Show-style marching ... Marching band has been spared the budget ax this year at Bremen, but the same cannot be said for the school's jazz band, which was dropped after last year.
A decision had to be made by people higher up than director Ben Salgado, he said, but the educational value and character-building from the school's marching band program, even a small one like Bremen's, was the glue that held the decision-making authorities on the marching band side, at least for now.
|Brother Rice||Chicago (Brother Rice)||Patrick Henning, Al Rendak|| || ||The Timeline: Past, Present, Future||St Laurence, Queen of Peace, and Mother Macauley high schools combine with Brother Rice to form this coop marching band. All four schools are single-sex Catholic high schools on the south side of Chicago or the near-southern suburbs.|
|Buffalo Grove||Buffalo Grove||Ed Jacobi, Bryan Itzkowitz (drill)||170|| ||Michael Jackson||"We spell MJ on the field and do the Thriller Dance," says director Ed Jacobi. The band is non-competitive but entertains the crowd at all home football games and will march in one parade this year. In addition to "Thriller," music from the King of Pop includes "ABC," "I'll Be There," and "I Want You Back."|
|Burlington Central||Burlington (Central)||Jim Struyk, Sonya Rohde (ww), Tyler Smith (perc), Laura Holmquist (guard), Tom Rucker (perc)||88||Michelle Tuma, Adam Moxness||Flashback||Chicago Thanksgiving Parade ... non-competitive ... musical selections include "Karn Evil Number 9," "The Tide is High," "Aquarius," and "Let the Light Shine."
|Cambridge||Cambridge||Chris Allen||33|| ||Caught in a Time Warp|| |
|Canton||Canton||Kristin Schrag|| || ||Game On!|| |
|Carbondale||Carbondale (H.S.)||Gregory Townsend||80|| ||World Tour 2010|| |
|Carlyle||Carlyle||Thomas Fulton||60|| ||The Beatles: A Magical Mystery Tour Review||new director|
|Carmel||Mundelein (Carmel)||David Wiebers||98|| ||Pirates of the Caribbean; The Beatles||2 shows under development this season ... Parades are rare: main focus is a show style, but the band works on corps style and competitive shows every once in a while.
Function is mainly to "service our football experience at home, travel to playoff games with the team, and play at pep rallies," director David Wiebers said.
The band also performs with the poms and cheer teams for pre-game. Then, the poms and band work the stands together during the games.
|Carrollton||Carrollton||Margaret Baer|| || || ||new band director|
|Carterville||Carterville||Todd Norrington|| || || || |
|Casey-Westfield||Casey (C.-Westfield)||Brent Ritter|| || ||Blues Brothers|| |
|Centennial||Champaign (Centennial)||Michael Allen|| || || || |
|Central A & M||Moweaqua (Central A&M)||Peter Manzi|| || || || |
|Centralia||Centralia||Kevin Devany|| || ||Jackson 5ive||music includes pop tunes from long ago, recorded by the Jackson Five: "ABC," "Blame It on the Boogie," and "I'll Be There."|
|Champaign Central||Champaign (Central)||John Currey, Jennifer Currey||126|| ||All the King's Men|| "Don't spoil the surprise ending," band director Jennifer Currey told me.
OK. Let me play the role of a good movie critic here, not because I don't want to spoil the surprise, but because Roger Ebert, the great movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times , used to work at the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette .
Furthermore, Champaign Central is probably closer to the University of Illinois's Memorial Stadium than any other high school. That's where marching bands all got started, folks, so I'll just let it go at that.
What I can share with you is that the title of the show refers to the game of chess. You'll notice in the flags the opposition of black and white, just like pieces on a chess board, and just like good and evil in movies, like Star Wars . Roger Ebert is on record as crediting the original 1977 film with "at least 10 trends that have fundamentally changed the way Hollywood addresses the mass audience," including the contribution of a phrase to our lexicon: "May the force be with you."
And just as our language continues to evolve, so will the ending of Champaign Central's show. It might be a tragedy, it might not. We'll have to wait until the end of the season. I think even band members don't know—or at least they're not telling.
The fifth and final movement is entitled "Couldn't Put 'Em Back Together Again," which sounds like Humpty Dumpty, but the question remains, Could they or couldn't they?
Four prior movements include "Knights of the Realm," "Fairest of the Fair," which will be the band's ballad, "Treachery Afoot," which is where things start heating up, and finally, "All the King's Men," the battle scene, played out on a chess board.
|Charleston||Charleston||Laney Grimes|| || ||The Mask of Zorro|| |
|Civic Memorial||Bethalto (Civic Memorial)||Lori Hoke|| || || || |
|Clinton||Clinton||Tim Holl||150|| ||Contemporary Field Show|| |
|Coal City||Coal City||Jamie Dooley|| || ||Tommy|| |
|Collinsville||Collinsville||Joseph Padawan, Rob Elston (perc), Lindsay Kusmierczak (guard), Maddy Ligon (guard)||85||Stephen Wilke, Lauren Humphrey, Kayla Kroder||Rhythms of a City||Show depicts, musically, some of the main attractions in the city of St. Louis: the Arch, jazz at the Bistro, City Museum, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Visitors to the garden through Oct. 3 will be able to stand up in a climatron as part of the "Dinoquest" exhibit, which "transports visitors back in time to the golden age of dinosaurs."
What stands out in Collinsville's show, however, is definitely the music.
"The music I have chosen is challenging to each section," director Joseph Padawan said. "We have moments with soft music displaying our musicianship, moments with fast-moving lines displaying our skill level, and moments where we are full volume displaying our power."
Mr Padawan credited Frank Sullivan, the show's arranger, with doing a great job creating crowd-pleasing moments in marching shows. "Open 5th chords can be extremely powerful," he said, for example.
Distorted body positions during the "City Museum" movement will catch your eye for a moment, but in the end, the Gateway Arch is simply the heart of St. Louis: in the US, it's the tallest national monument at 630 feet and one of the most recognizable structures. In Collinsville's field show, it's the definitive climax. You won't be able to miss it near the beginning and again in the reprise. "I can already hear the crisp release before our final statement," Mr Padawan said.
"The color guard will be using flags that abstractly utilize the arch as well. There will also be some interesting visual moments happening in the closer to help bring it home ."|
|Columbia||Columbia||Craig Ryterski|| || || || |
|Crystal Lake Central||Crystal Lake (Central)||Keith Levin||120|| ||Cirque du Soleil: Kà||The plot, according to the show's creator, Robert Lepage, involves "imperial twins who are separated at the prime of their youth and must undergo a rite of passage of self-discovery. It is about their encounters with Kà, the fire that has the dual power to destroy or illuminate." Unlike other Cirque productions, though, this one has concrete actions in the plot, rather than being told in the abstract using the music and visuals.
It starts aboard a ship, with the twins returning home to a reunion of the royal family. For the rest, you'll either have to visit the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or watch Crystal Lake Central's show. Director Keith Levin said the band's show draws on four musical selections from the Cirque show.|
|Crystal Lake South||Crystal Lake (South)||Chris Keyes|| || || || |
|Cumberland||Toledo (Cumberland)||Laura Roley||19|| ||Journey||Band is scheduled to march in the Eastern Illinois University Homecoming Parade and participate in Band Day at EIU ... performs at home football games and at the Greenup Fall Festival and Toledo Springfest parades.|
|Danville||Danville (H.S.)||Brad Leeb|| || ||Guns 'n' Roses||hosts Viking Invitational, 9/11 ... Music includes "Jungle Opener," "Rain Ballad," and "Child-Paradise Closer."|
|DeKalb||DeKalb||Steven Lundin|| || ||Tommy|| |
|DeLand-Weldon||DeLand (D.-Weldon)||Sarah Lidy||30|| ||(no field show)||parades only ... band marches in one or two parades each school year|
|Downers Grove North||Downers Grove (North)||Brayer Teague||180|| ||The Hero's Journey||includes music from Gladiator , Avatar , and the Narnia movies based on books by C.S. Lewis
The DGN band doesn't normally compete at festivals but focuses its efforts where they live, providing spirited, high-energy entertainment at home and occasionally away football games, the homecoming parade and assembly, local parades, and their own Band-O-Rama concert.
They have traveled to Orlando, Fla.; Dublin, Ireland; and to the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
At home football games, the band keeps the crowd involved and makes more noise than even the school's award-winning cheer squad. Their integral participation and support has led to a bond between the musicians and athletes not typically seen between athletics and music programs at the high school level. This is largely due to the band's strong promotion of outstanding musicianship, leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork. On the field, the performances are an ongoing tribute to the band's student members and a perpetual program of excellence.|
|Downers Grove South||Downers Grove (South)||Craig Roselieb||120||Callie Sorce, Caitlin Olewinski, Cami Williams||Beyond the Storm||music is by Andrew Boysen Jr. ... School hosts Downers Grove Music Bowl, 10/9 ... 17 bands expected to perform ... it's gonna be a lotta work for all the students in the DGS band.|
|Dunlap||Dunlap||Jill Potts, Jason Shea, Greg King (drumline), Chris Erickson (front ens), Nick Howard (guard), Pete Colgan (ww), Holly Haines (ww), Adam Brown (lo brass), Connor King (hi brass), Drew Helgeson (drumline)||160|| ||Revolution and Triumph||Two marching bands perform at the school: Varsity and Cadet. The theme of the Cadet show is spies.|
|Durand||Durand||Tim Schmidt||0|| ||(no marching band)|| |
|Dwight||Dwight||Richard Benzik||27|| ||The Music of Styx||hosts Dwight Harvest Days Parade and Field Show, Sept. 19 (Sunday) ... 10 bands in the field show, 20 in the parade, expected to perform.|
|East Peoria||East Peoria||Adam Schneblin||104|| ||The King||a tribute to Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" ...|
|East Richland||Olney (East Richland)||Jason Bonny|| || ||España Cañi||title means "song of Spain" ... musical selections include the title song as well as "La Pantera," Alberto Dominquez's "Perfidia," and a Latin closer arranged by Jay Bocook.|
|Edwardsville||Edwardsville (H.S.)||Marvin Battle|| || ||Imagine|| |
|Effingham||Effingham (H.S.)||Brad Wallace||106|| ||Luminous Equinox|| |
|Eisenhower||Blue Island (Eisenhower)||Justin Antos||60|| ||Beatlemania||arrangements of tunes by The Beatles, including "Magical Mystery Tour / She Loves You," "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Hey Jude."|
|Eisenhower (Decatur)||Decatur (Eisenhower)||Sarah Walczyk|| || || || |
|El Paso-Gridley||El Paso (E.P.-Gridley)||Christina Lohrberg||32|| ||Summon the Heroes||The show follows the development of an individual's concept of a hero, from child to adult, according to director Christina Lohrberg. Music is drawn from the movies Superman and Batman , and includes the songs "I Love Rock and Roll," "Carry on My Wayward Son," "Holding Out for a Hero," and various songs with a military theme.
Also included in the music will be Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." This piece was one of many "fanfares" commissioned by conductor Eugene Goossens during World War II. Music theorist Walter Piston wrote a fanfare honoring the French. Deems Taylor paid tribute to Russia. Other fanfares were dedicated to assorted branches of the military, including the medical corps, the signal corps, and the paratroopers. Only the "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Morton Gould's "Fanfare for Freedom" even tried to acknowledge the ideas the war itself had put in jeopardy. Only Copland's work lasted longer than its premiere.
|Elgin||Elgin (H.S.)||Johnathan Bogue|| || || || |
|Elk Grove||Elk Grove Village (E.G.)||Ron Fiorito||100|| ||Lux|| |
|Elmwood Park||Elmwood Park||Kyle Rhoades|| || ||The Music of The Beatles|| |
|Eureka||Eureka||Todd Stalter, Denise Yonker, Kari Marino (guard), Shane Rocke (drumline), Marissa McClure-Mitchell (perc.)||85||Katy Boggs, Mackenzie Fuller, Kelsey Henry||... in motion ...||Band continues to cope with the loss of Alyssa Burns in a tragic accident in June 2009. Todd Stalter, who composed the music based on Alyssa's initials, A-G-Bb, said, "... in motion ... is the perfect title, because all of us are moving in forward motion and time in regards to our existence in this world, and the music tries to express what some of the moments we experience are like along the
|Evanston Township||Evanston (Twp.)||David Fodor|| || ||Chess: A Musical Game of Strategy||2nd year in competition|
|Evergreen Park||Evergreen Park||Ken Kazin|| || || || |
|Fairfield||Fairfield||Ardis Barbre|| || || || |
|Farmington||Farmington||Fred Herink|| || ||Pirates|| |
|Fieldcrest||Minonk (Fieldcrest)||Rusty Russell|| || ||Barnum||2nd year in competition|
|Flora||Flora||Sara Hudson||45|| ||TV Review||Show incorporates themes from TV shows, including "The A-Team," "The Simpsons," "Get Smart," and "NFL on Fox."|
|Fremd||Palatine (Fremd)||Matthew Moore|| || ||Pirates!|| |
|Galesburg||Galesburg (H.S.)||Ben Bredemeier, Brianne Shadensack||140|| ||Rail City||music from "The Great Locomotive Chase," "Crazy Train," and "Ghost Train."|
|Geneseo||Geneseo||Steve Scherer, Tony Hernandez|| ||Sara Sneyd, Dan Reyburn||Going for the Gold||features music by Joseph Curiale|
|Genoa-Kingston||Genoa (G.-Kingston)||Michael Lipinski|| || ||(Good) Night|| |
|Georgetown-Ridge Farm||Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)||Sara McGovern|| || ||Arabian Show|| |
|Glenbard West||Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)||Jonathan Walsh, William Ortega (asst. dir.), Shan Kazmi (visual), Timm Higus (visual), Colleen Doyle (guard), Derek Doyle (perc)||83||Hayley Lofgren, Billy Swanson, Kevin Vondrak||Destination Jazz||"Georgia on My Mind," "Take the 'A' Train," "Harlem Nocturne," and "Birdland" are among the musical selections in the show.|
|Glenbrook North||Northbrook (Glenbrook North)||Mark Running, Rich Chapman||56|| ||A Journey through Oz||Music posted on web site includes the titles "Wizard of OZ '39," "Ease on Down the Road," and "Wicked."|
|Glenbrook South||Glenview (Glenbrook South)||Greg Wojcik, Mark Toliusis|| ||Jonathan Choi, Will Kirby, Annah Marchetto||Fanfare, Romance Anonimo, Bully||music popularized by Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra|
|Granite City||Granite City||Wyatt Roberds, Josh Palmer|| || ||Shostakovich: A Night at the Leningrad Philharmonic|| |
|Grant Community||Fox Lake (Grant)||Ellen Skolar|| || || || |
|Grayslake Central||Grayslake (Central)|| || || || || |
|Grayslake North||Grayslake (North)||Candace Edstrand|| || ||Takin' It to the Streets|| |
|Hamilton||Hamilton||Michael McDermott||56|| ||Music from Journey||the rock band, "Journey," that is|
|Harlem||Machesney Park (Harlem)||Kevin Jensen|| || || || |
|Harvard||Harvard||Korey J. Coffer||65||Ashley Hernandez, Ingrid Rendon||A Blast from the Past||Not sure he would have a color guard when the year started, director Korey Coffer promised fans at football games they would be entertained with some pop rock songs, all written before any of the students in the band were born: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
The band is non-competitive and will take part in Band Day at Northern Illinois University this fall. Read all about their show here .
|Havana||Havana||George Caton||50|| ||Hard Rock|| |
|Heritage||Broadlands (Heritage)||Justin Lee|| || ||007||2nd year in competition|
|Herscher||Herscher||Rachel Dickman, Josh Youngs|| ||Becky Perkins, Grant Sparenberg||The Pursuit|| Music includes "Pursuit" by Matt Conaway (b. 1979). Mr Conaway currently works at the West Lafayette (Ind.) Community School Corporation, where he directs all fifth- through 12th-grade bands.
Also included in Herscher's musical selections is "Splashes of Gold" by another contemporary American composer, James L Hosay.
Music for the show was arranged by Katrina Cessna.
|Hersey||Arlington Heights (Hersey)||Scott Casagrande, Tom Beckwith|| || ||Storm: The Music of John Mackey|| |
|Highland||Highland||Clay Dugger|| || ||Midnight in Transylvania|| |
|Hinsdale Central||Hinsdale (Central)||Matt Kurinsky|| || || || |
|Hinsdale South||Darien (Hinsdale South)||Patrick Maag, Jon Quiaoit (perc), Sarah Kukec (guard), Amy Berringer (brass), Clair Van Horn (ww)||100||Andrew Nkansah, Samantha Youssef||Wars Antigua||Includes some powerful music with "very dramatic possibilities," director Patrick Maag said. In the opener, the band comes to a large company front and marches in a half-time step. And at the end of the third movement, the entire band collapses as if killed in battle.
Music includes themes from Robin Hood and Gladiator , as well as a song entitled "Only the Dead Will See the End of War."
|Hoopeston Area||Hoopeston (H. Area)||Wendy Ronna||60|| || || |
|Huntley||Huntley||Nick Konwerski|| || ||Medusa|| |
|Ill. Math/Science Acad||Aurora (Illinois Math and Science Academy)||Mary Beth McCarthy||0|| ||(no marching band)||no marching band, no football team, music director Mary Beth McCarthy confirmed by email, Aug. 17|
|Illini West||Carthage (Illini West)||Linda Hartweg|| || || || |
|Illinois Valley Central||Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)||Matt Chapman, Kim Tegg, Toby Thomas|| ||Lauren Farris, Emily Pence, Kallie Williams||Chronometry||Matt Chapman takes lead role after 30-year retirement of Dan Diettrich. The show is by Key Poulan and includes four movements: Grandfather's Clock, Hourglass, Countdown, and Stopwatch.|
|Jacksonville||Jacksonville (H.S.)||Steve Thorne|| || || || |
|Jacobs||Algonquin (Jacobs)||Anthony Gnutek, Jake Stouffer||125|| ||Spin||1st year in competition|
|Johnsburg||Johnsburg||Steven Riley||60|| ||Comic Con||musical selections from superhero films, including "Batman/X2," "Spiderman," and "Superman"|
|Johnston City||Johnston City||Nicole Hodges|| || || || |
|Joliet West||Joliet (West)||Kevin Carroll||130||A.J. Galli, Ariel Saad, Myles Ealy||Bring On the Night||3 movements: "Lunar Impressions," "As The Moon Rises," and "Bring On The Night."|
|Kaneland||Maple Park (Kaneland)||Aaron Puckett, Rebecca Anderson|| ||Brock Feece, Bethany Swartz, Katie Taylor||x!||Music by Key Poulan includes four movements, mixed with multiple titles, including I & II: X-Clamation and X-Celeration; III: X-Haustion; and IV: X-Aggeration, X-Otic, and X-Plosion.|
|Kewanee||Kewanee (H.S.)||Eric Hollaway||41|| ||Super Heroes||musical selections from superhero films, including Superman , Spiderman , Ironman , and Batman |
|Lake Park||Roselle (Lake Park)||Mike Chiodo, Ron Hardin (drill), Kevin Nevsimal (brass), Moulee Gupta (ww), Matt Stein (perc), Joe Roach (perc), Amy Sharp (guard), Paul Wiercioch (visuals)||180||Karoline Giza, Mito Imigawa, Jessica Katsiroubas, Jenny Ramirez||Birds of a Feather||usually a semi-finalist at Bands of America Grand Nationals ... 1996 Grand National Champion ... 1st in Class 6A, 2nd in state, at ISU in 2009 ... hosts Lancer Joust festival, 9/11
Show explores different sides of birds—musically and visually: It opens with the playful dance of a young bird's first flight. Part II shows us the hummingbird and transitions into the beauty of the peacock. Intensity builds in Part III, as the band brings to life the woodpecker and hawk, and the eagle's majestic flight has the final word.|
|Lake Zurich||Lake Zurich||Joshua Thompson, Sheri Conover (assistant), Libby Reimann (guard), Brett Baxter (drumline)||215||Julie Larsen, Rachel Wojcicki, Krystyna Keena||The Beatles; Superheroes||Holiday Bowl in San Diego ... Band is non-competitive, develops two complete shows during football season: first is based on The Beatles (When I'm 64, Back in the USSR/The End, Magical Mystery Tour/Hard Days Night), second on Superheroes (Spiderman, The Incredibles, Superman)|
|Lakes Community||Lake Villa (Lakes)||Matthew Kastor|| || ||Tribal Elements|| |
|LaSalle-Peru||LaSalle (L.-Peru)||Kyle Adelmann||75|| ||Anna Lynn Dancing||new band director|
|Latin (Chicago)||Chicago (Latin)||Michael Teolis||0|| ||(no marching band)||Michael Teolis confirmed by email that the school does not have a marching band, Thu, July 22, 2010 8:37:56 AM.|
|Lawrenceville||Lawrenceville|| || || || || |
|Lemont||Lemont (H.S.)||David Nommensen, Matthew Doherty|| ||Kaitlyn Carver, Leslie Kane, Mykala Walton, Maggie Brown||Of Lore and Legend|| Music includes excerpts from Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique ,
"Song of the Blacksmith" Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F for Military Band , and "Along the Caney Fork" by James L Hosay.
In the "Berlioz takes a trip" episode of Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts , the conductor writes about Symphonie Fantastique : "Berlioz tells it like it is," he says. "You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral."
Of course, he's referring to the composer's own program notes for the work. It was intended as program music, to tell the story of an artist with an overactive imagination. It could have been Berlioz himself, writing some sort of musical autobiography.
"An artist gifted with a lively imagination has poisoned himself with opium in the depths of despair," he writes. It's a story of his unrequited love for a beautiful woman.
The composition uses what is known as an idée fixe (a fixed idea). It's a musical obsession of sorts, one that cannot be escaped, as it shows up time and again. Here, the idée fixe is intended to represent the artist's beloved.
Berlioz writes: "Convinced that his love is spurned, the artist poisons himself with opium. The dose of narcotic, while too weak to cause his death, plunges him into a heavy sleep accompanied by the strangest of visions. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, that he is condemned, led to the scaffold and is witnessing his own execution. The procession advances to the sound of a march that is sometimes sombre and wild, and sometimes brilliant and solemn, in which a dull sound of heavy footsteps follows without transition the loudest outbursts. At the end of the march, the first four bars of the idée fixe reappear like a final thought of love interrupted by the fatal blow."
For the record, the Caney Fork River is near Granville, Tenn., considered by many to be "the heart of Americana." James Hosay (b. 1959) is an American composer born near Nashville, Tenn. His first assignment after college was as a trumpeter with the 26th US Army Band at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., according to his biography. He's now enjoying military retirement, with his girlfriend and family in Virginia Beach.|
|LeRoy||LeRoy||Bridgette Wells|| || || || |
|Lewistown||Lewistown||Clay Ginglen|| || || || |
|Limestone Community||Bartonville (Limestone)||Andrew Empey, Justin Bainter|| ||Brittany Bryant, Kaylah Hanlon, Melissa Bucklin||Kaleidoscope||Show is in three movements: Colors, Reflections, Kaleidoscope.|
|Lincoln||Lincoln||David Swaar|| || ||The Music of Steely Dan|| |
|Lincoln Park||Chicago (Lincoln Park)||Cheryl L. Filipek, Lise Gilly (p/a chair)||100||Greg Gerardo||City Funk||Get down! Show- AND corps-style, the best of both worlds, work together as the Marching Lions from Chicago's Lincoln Park High School incorporate songs that would normally be part of a show-style marching unit and put them into a corps-style visual presentation.
As the title implies, music comes from the funk genre, from the 70s to the present. Songs include "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind and Fire, "Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That" by Robert Randolph, and "Word Up" by Cameo.
The lead falsetto singer for the funk supergroup Earth, Wind and Fire is Philip Bailey. He was born in Denver in 1951, but the group is generally considered to call Chicago its home. Bailey gave an interview for Billboard magazine in 1999, in which he credited jazz trumpeter Miles Davis with his inspiration.
"Because of my register, Miles Davis's trumpet playing has always been a big influence on my singing," the record industry magazine quoted him as saying. "I've always been intrigued by the way he can start anywhere and make it right."
He said the gigs he played at the beginning of his career with the Phoenix Horns were valuable: "When I think back on it now, and I look at the musicians of today, I realize that we had a place to hone our skills, playing all those gigs in all those clubs."
Another quick note about Lincoln Park: The school is known nationally for the academic challenge it presents to students. It was ranked 94th in the US and second in Illinois in terms of the number of Advanced Placement exams taken by graduates, earning a score of 4.104 exams for every senior who graduated, according to the 2009 Newsweek Magazine Challenge Index. Our coverage is here .|
|Lincoln-Way Central||New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central)||Eric Wellman|| ||Emma Murphy||Daydreams||Music is based on Nathan Daughtrey's "Limerick Daydreams," composed in 2005 for symphonic band. The work makes heavy use of percussion, leading to its adaptation here for marching band.
Ray Cramer, director of bands emeritus at Indiana University, writes: "'Limerick Daydreams' is a fresh, beautifully scored journey through dramatic textures and styles, featuring several soloists and challenging, delightful percussion writing. This work will please both the ensemble and audience alike."
|Lincoln-Way East||Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East)||Clifton Smith, Cary Ruklic||190||Michael Novak, Ryan Miller, Danna Webber||Blue Cathedral|| |
|Lincoln-Way North||Frankfort (Lincoln-Way North)||Bert Johnson, Kirk Hickman (asst), Tammy Edders (guard)||103||Emily Seyforth, Eli Ramirez||The Path||Featuring original compositions by Don Hill, show is about the search for inner peace and includes three movements: "Discovering the Path," "The Inner Path," and "Nirvana."
|Lincoln-Way West||New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West)||Steve Nedzel, Adam Rusek (percussion), Megan Piper (guard), Andrew Imig (stud. tchr.)||46||Cody Barry||Ring of Fire: Music of the Pacific Rim||Newly opened for 2009-10 school year ... featuring original music by Craig Andrew Fitzpatrick ... senior night is Oct. 22, indoor concert on Oct. 25 ... director Steve Nedzel came from Lincoln-Way Central, which split its growing student population to form this school two years ago.|
|Lockport Township||Lockport (Twp.)||Brian Covey, Anna Mudroch|| ||Amy Kmak, Artie Martinez, Malak Hamdan, Kalista Kamberos||Echoes of Change|| The show features the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961), who was born in Melbourne, Australia, and took his first piano lessons from his mom. He then studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany, and there became friends with Edvard Grieg, among other composers.
He is perhaps best known as an experimental composer and for his piano settings of folk songs like "Irish Tune from County Derry," "Molly on the Shore," and "Shepherds' Hey."
But he was also a virtuoso pianist, known in his time for his interpretations of Grieg's music. In addition, he gets credit for developing a "synthesizer and composing machine" long before anyone had ever heard the word "Korg."
|Lovington||Lovington||Richard Moma||0|| ||(no marching band)|| |
|Macomb||Macomb||David Wetmore|| || ||Estancia|| |
|Mahomet-Seymour||Mahomet (M.-Seymour)||Michael Stevens|| || ||Latin Sketches: Pegasus, Casals Suite, Spain|| |
|Maine East||Park Ridge (Maine East)||Pam Holt||80|| ||Karaoke; Michael Jackson Tribute||show-style, non-competitive ... band will develop 2 shows this season ... (1) a spin on karaoke performances, including "Livin' on a Prayer," "Sweet Caroline," and "Don't Stop Believin'" ... (2) a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, including his hits "Beat It," "Smooth Criminal," and "Thriller."|
|Maine West||Des Plaines (Maine West)||Bernie Gerstmayr|| || || || |
|Marengo||Marengo||Todd Stellmach||65||Hannah Diedrick, Elizabeth Dujmovich||Chicago City Limits||musical selections: "Make Me Smile" and "25 or 6 to 4" by the band "Chicago," the song "Chicago" that Frank Sinatra made famous, and music from the Broadway show "Chicago" ... lyrics excerpt from "Make Me Smile": I'm so happy / That you love me / Life is lovely / When you're near me / Tell me you will stay / Make me smile.|
|Marian Catholic||Chicago Heights (Marian Catholic)||Greg Bimm, Bobby Lambert|| ||Samantha Greene, Kaitlyn Van Tuyl, Katherine Johnson||On Being Hit on the Head||Music includes "Are You Experienced?" by David Lang, Symphony No. 2 , I and III, by Christopher Rouse, "Train of Tears" from Deus Ex Machina by Michael Daugherty, and "Blink" by Joel Puckett.|
|Marian Central Catholic||Woodstock (Marian)||Tom Rome||0|| ||(no marching band)|| |
|Marion||Marion (H.S.)||Todd Graham|| || ||Metamorphosis||Music includes "Synergy" by Aaron Guidry and "Rocky Point Holiday," composed by Ron Nelson in 1969 and recorded by the Concordia College Band, here . It will become one of your favorites.|
|Marmion-Rosary||Aurora (Marmion Acad.)||Stephen Thurlow, Sam Dedic (guard), Catherine Rezutto (guard)||58||Brett Hoover, Peter Gonzales||Tommy||Male students attend Marmion Academy, and female students attend Rosary Academy, both in Aurora. Common band period meets daily, 6:40 to 7:25 a.m.
Show composed by Peter Townshend, arranged by Andy James ... selections: "Overture," "Captain Walker," "It's a Boy," "Sparks," "Pinball Wizard," and "See Me Feel Me."
Flag Captain: Caroline Elkin (five students in auxiliary).
Band didn't compete last year and has cut back on evening rehearsals and band camp. No festival appearances or competitions are planned this season. However, everyone in the program marches.
Marmion is a Catholic Benedictine college preparatory school for young men, with a mission to promote leadership skills and value-based, liberal arts education. Rosary is a Catholic high school for young women, run by the Dominican order in Springfield, Ill. Both schools draw students from Catholic and public junior high schools in the western suburbs.|
|Maroa-Forsyth||Maroa (M.-Forsyth)||Everett James||30|| ||An '80s Show||"Thriller" from Michael Jackson, "Livin' on a Prayer" from Bon Jovi, and the 1983 hit "Mr. Roboto" from Styx are among the musical selections.|
|Mascoutah||Mascoutah||Sandy Richter|| || || || |
|Massac County||Metropolis (Massac County)||Chris Hayden|| || || || |
|Mater Dei||Breese (Mater Dei)|| || || || || |
|Mattoon||Mattoon||Todd Black, Angi Black (guard), Matt Black (perc), Allison Christion (guard), Rebecca Hunt (guard), Adam Harrington (visual)||83||Mike Starwalt, James Stanford||Cirque du Soleil||music includes "Distorted," "Journey of Man — Part 1," and "Incantation."|
|McHenry||McHenry||Brian Weidner|| || || || |
|Metamora||Metamora||Christopher Render|| ||Sarah Martin, Julia Burns||Picture Perfect||Show has three movements: Snapshots, Still Life, and Capturing the Moment.|
|Metea Valley||Aurora (Metea Valley)||Don Devany||79|| ||The Piano Man: A Tribute to Billy Joel||The new high school opened for the 2009-10 academic year with only freshmen and sophomores and thus had no varsity football team for a band to play for last year, said Thomas A. Schweer, the school's athletic director. But this year's different: about 79 students participate in the marching band, led by Don Devany, who used to teach at Neuqua Valley, which the district opened just more than a decade ago.|
|Minooka||Minooka||Rick Anderson, Gina Wych|| ||Mallory Martinet, Ben Driver||Kata||includes "Inchon" Part I and Part II, Marimba Spiritual.|
|Monticello||Monticello||Alison Allender, Amanda Allen|| ||Chelsea Hunt, Jackson Deremiah||Illuminations||Alison Allender is a new director at Monticello; she taught at Rantoul last year. Music includes the following movements: Tree Shadows, Aurora Borealis, and Urban Dawn.|
|Morris||Morris||Don Stinson||87|| ||Americana|| |
|Morrison||Morrison||David Bean||40|| ||Classic Rock 'n' Roll||multiple shows developed each season ... one of the shows this year is a classic Rock 'n' Roll show ... band is non-competitive|
|Morton||Morton||Jeff Neavor, Jenny Bendy, Craig Fitzpatrick (brass), Bob Hornsby (drumline), Katrina Fitzpatrick (ww), Ben Dralle (pit), Dan Swallow (guard), Katy Lampe (guard), Anna Clarke (guard)||127||Ashlie Antrim, Jake Geiger, Joe Geiger||The Boy in the Striped Pajamas||About the photo ... Above the gate to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland is a sign that reads, "Arbeit macht frei [Work brings freedom]." Unfortunately there was no hope for freedom except the end of the war for those who entered through those gates. The photo was taken of the monument that now stands at the site where so many human beings were exterminated.
Morton is using the show this year in connection with a cross-curricular unit on the Holocaust. A world history teacher at the school is also the band's drumline instructor, so that helps a bit. The book, which gives a fictional account of a young boy and his counterpart on the other side of a barbed wire fence, is by John Boyne. Music arranged by Craig Fitzpatrick includes the German national anthem by Franz Joseph Haydn, "Hatikvah" by Naphtali Herz Imber, "Bells for Stokowski" by Michael Daugherty, Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, "The Lady in the Water" by James Newton Howard, and Requiem Mass in D by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Director Jeff Neavor says, "I encourage people to read the book or watch the movie. It tells the message that 65 years later, all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. It's an important lesson, and we're honored to tell it."|
|Mt. Carmel||Mt. Carmel||Kim Mandrell|| || ||The Phantom of the Piano Studio|| |
|Mt. Vernon||Mt. Vernon (H.S.)||Frank Winchester|| || || || |
|Mt. Zion||Mt. Zion||Brianna Bjerke|| || ||The Music of Styx|| |
|Murphysboro||Murphysboro||Michael Moreland, Nicholas Williams, Jacob Weber (battery), Paul Intravaia (front ens), Alix Beckman (aux), Casey Hanson (aux)||50|| ||Jazz Progression||hosts Drums at Appletime festival, 9/18|
|Naperville Central||Naperville (Central)||D.J. Alstadt, Brandon Estes, Sharon Oliver|| ||Alex Reeder, Kyle Rogers, John Sheley||Mystic Railway, a.k.a. "The Train Man Cometh"||bad news from the economy ... "Due to the current state of the economy, Mr. Alstadt made the difficult decision to cancel the Disney trip this year," the band's Web site says. "We are hoping to be able to plan this trip next year." and some exciting news from the world of country music ... Part of the new Kenny Chesney video for his song "The Boys of Fall" was taped at the high school, with the Saints head coach (and NCHS alumnus) Sean Payton last fall! The opening scene of the video shows the Marching Redhawks leading the Hawk Walk to the stadium for the football game! Check out the video here .
|Naperville North||Naperville (North)||Dan Moore, Brian Van Kley, Paulette Rife (guard), Katie Macentire (guard), Kay Moore (pit), Randy Kulik (brass), Brian Johnson (brass), Chris Vanderwall (drumline)||130||Danielle Magniza, Hana Park||Coulrophobia|| Title purports to mean a fear of clowns, but since the band has ingeniously incorporated comedy into their shows for more than a decade, nobody's exactly concerned about checking a dictionary.
With music based on circus tunes, which Dan Moore has arranged so they get more and more convoluted as the show progresses, the band tells the story of two young children who go to a circus. At first, they join in with the clowns and have lots of fun. But then, some of the clowns become aggressive and put on scary masks. The children, Suzie and Timmy, want to escape from the circus.
Then another clown, intended to be based on Emmett Kelly's famous but sad tramp clown, sees them in peril and comes to their rescue. He shows them the many wonders of the circus and puts a smile back on their faces. All seems well, but in the end, it's only a circus, diverting our attention all too briefly from the many things we deal with in the real world.
Marching band is extracurricular at Naperville North, but no auditions are required. "All are welcome," Mr Moore said.|
|Neuqua Valley||Naperville (Neuqua Valley)||Jonathan Lauff|| || ||The Music of James Bond|| |
|Newton||Newton||Brian Ridlen, Jeffery Finley|| || ||Pirates!||new directors|
|Niles West||Skokie (Niles West)||William Koch|| || || || |
|Nokomis||Nokomis||Patrick Brooks|| || ||Shot through the Heart: The Music of Bon Jovi||new director|
|Normal Comm West||Normal (Community West)||Lisa Preston, Ryan Budzinski|| ||Zach Potter, Sarah Moravec, Zach Scanlon||The Fallen||Repertoire includes "Chorus Angelorum" by Samuel Hazo and "Angels in the Architecture" by Frank Ticheli.|
|Normal Community||Normal (Community)||Lance Meadows, Joshua Masterman (asst.)||100||Nathan Titus, Hayley Meadows||Major League||Featuring music from the film The Natural as well as "October" by Eric Whitacre and "Pastime" by Jack Stamp, the show is a tribute to baseball, according to director Lance Meadows.
All of the music is related to baseball in some fashion, he said: "The opener is music taken from the movie The Natural , composed by Randy Newman. The ballad, from 'October' by Eric Whitacre, is a tribute to the October Classic—the World Series. The closer is from Jack Stamp's 'Pastime' and is based on 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame.' "|
|North Clay||Louisville (North Clay)||David Brown|| || || ||new director ... only just beginning to develop a marching program ... mostly parades at this point.|
|Northwestern||Palmyra (Northwestern)||Carolyn Jakes||27|| ||Pop Mix||musical selections include "Black or White," "Thriller," and "Gimme Some Lovin'"|
|O'Fallon||O'Fallon (H.S.)||Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, Sean Harris, Kent Baker (arranger), Keith Baker (drill), Mike Davis (coord.), Scott Toosley (guard dir.), John Langham (guard), Jeff Poignee (battery), Kenyn Brown (battery), Jessie Flannigan (pit), Bobby Wright (brass)||203||Nick Pyles, Emily Barker, Laura Gentry||Maria|| With a field show tied strongly to the music, which comes from different versions of "Ave Maria," the marching band has an intense performance schedule and will host the (St. Louis) Metro East Marching Classic on Sept. 11.
Several other competitive festival appearances will serve as tools to continually push the program to the next level. But for O'Fallon, the emphasis is on the tight integration of music with the visuals.
"The marching band is great due to our excellent concert band program," one student said. "This spring, the wind ensemble will perform at the IMEA All-State Conference 2011."
Band also plans a trip to Florida this year.|
|Oak Lawn Comm||Oak Lawn (Community)|| || || || || |
|Oak Park-River Forest||Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)||Anthony Svejda|| || ||Chaos Theory|| 3 movements:
I. Random Conditions
II. The Butterfly Effect
III. Eventual Order
|Oblong||Oblong||Ken Strieby|| || ||King of Pop||Selections (all recorded originally by Michael Jackson): "I Want You Back," "Moonwalkin'," "Billie Jean," "I'll Be There," and "ABC."|
|Okaw Valley||Bethany (Okaw Valley)||Jacqueline Evers||30|| ||Spirits of the Night||Director started last spring, but this is her first marching season with the band.|
|Olympia||Stanford (Olympia)||Kyle Brubaker|| || ||Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel||new director, formerly at Woodruff in Peoria (which was closed at the end of the 2009-10 school year).|
|Oregon||Oregon||Andy Eckardt||43|| ||Rated E for Everyone|| |
|Orion||Orion||Katie Lyphout|| || ||Believe!||new director|
|Oswego||Oswego (H.S.)||Stephanie Silosky||160|| ||The Music of Stevie Wonder||non-competitive ... all-volunteer marching band|
|Ottawa Twp||Ottawa (Twp.)||Sarah Reckmeyer||100|| ||Show-Style Band: Songs Change Every Football Game||non-competitive ... music changes for every football game (3 of the 4 songs, anyway), said Sarah Reckmeyer, the band's director.
Band uses no flags in the drill and provides a new song each football game for the school's dance line/pom squad.
The final performance will be a themed, choreographed show with costumes: "I usually consult with the students for ideas and have not finalized this yet for this year." she said.|
|Pana||Pana (H.S.)||Michael Dean|| || ||I See You: The Music of Avatar|| |
|Paris Cooperative||Paris||Daniel Tripp|| || ||Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel|| |
|Paxton-Buckley-Loda||Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda)||Timothy Hess, Beth Nuss||73||Hannah Blum||A Tribute to New Orleans||The show features a compilation of dixieland tunes to honor the city of New Orleans, including "Tiger Rag," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "Basin Street Blues." No tribute to the Crescent City would be complete, though, without "When the Saints Go Marching In."
The band has scheduled a trip to New Orleans this school year.
|Pekin||Pekin||Karli Skelton|| || ||Vitruvian Man|| |
|Peotone||Peotone||Adam Rusek||60|| ||South of the Border: A Journey through Latin America||Music includes "Estancia" by Dawson, "Echano" by Mangione, "Novus" by Santana, and "Land of Make Believe" by Mangione.
|Pinckneyville||Pinckneyville||Stephen Cannedy|| || ||Piano Man|| |
|Plainfield Central||Plainfield (Central)||Dan Valkema, Moulee Dutta|| || ||Carmen|| |
|Plainfield East||Plainfield (East)||David Lesniak|| || ||Disney's Fantasmic!|| |
|Plainfield North||Plainfield (North)||Steven Pyter, Jason LaVallee|| ||Brittany Koster, Andrea Sakleh, Kyle Lawell||Shall We Dance?||Show features music by Richard Saucedo, Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky, and Danny Elfman.|
|Plainfield South||Plainfield (South)||Jerrod Cook|| || || || |
|Pleasant Plains||Pleasant Plains||Caitlin McGovern|| || || || |
|Pontiac Township||Pontiac||Keith Schmink|| || ||Appalachian Spring|| |
|Prairie Central||Fairbury (Prairie Central)||Lesa Kline|| || ||Afrika|| |
|Prairie Ridge||Crystal Lake (Prairie Ridge)||Tim Blakewell||118|| ||The Music of Steely Dan||Core members of Steely Dan, an American rock band, are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The band was popular in the late 70s, with a style characterized by the use of horns to combine jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Both members attended and met at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, so in the song "My Old School," lyrics refer to "Annandale." This lyrical device, the use of real person and place names, occurred frequently in songs recorded by Steely Dan.
In music theory circles, though, it wasn't the lyrics of Steely Dan that made them famous. Rather, it was their exploration of harmonies that were new to the world of pop. For example, they made heavy use of "add 2" major chords, where the supertonic was added to the traditional three-note major triad: "C add 2" would be made up of the notes C, D, E, and G.
Another harmonic technique given great play in the music of Steely Dan was the so-called "slash chord," where the normal bass note, usually the root of the triad, would not actually be in the bass. These chords get their name because they are written on lead charts as "E/A" for instance, which tells the performer to play an E Major triad (E, G#, B) but to put an A in the bass. This would create a great deal of tension between the bass and the G#, especially, and force a nearly automatic resolution of the harmony, probably in this case, to an A Major triad, leaving the A in the bass.
|Prophetstown||Prophetstown||Jane Davis|| || || || |
|Prospect||Mt. Prospect (Prospect)||Chris Barnum|| ||Christopher Enter, Jessica Kreidler, Patrick Moran||Away above the Chimney Tops|| |
|Providence Catholic||New Lenox (Providence Catholic)||Robert Sanchez||65|| ||One Nation Under God|| |
|Quincy||Quincy (Sr.)||Chris Beason|| || || || |
|Ramsey||Ramsey||Megan McPeak|| || || || |
|Rantoul||Rantoul||Bryan Reynolds|| || || ||new director|
|Reavis||Burbank (Reavis)||Andrew Davis|| || || || |
|Resurrection-Notre Dame||Chicago (Resurrection)|| || || || || |
|Rich Central||Olympia Fields (Rich Central)||Phillip Crews|| || || || |
|Richmond-Burton||Richmond (R.-Burton)||Rich Stiles|| || ||Eclipse: Journey into Darkness||former director, Jeremy Figlewicz, now at West Bloomfield (Mich.) HS.|
|Ridgeview||Colfax (Ridgeview)||Anthony Marchese|| || ||Guitar Hero|| |
|Roanoke-Benson||Roanoke (R.-Benson)||Steve Hayes|| || ||Thriller|| |
|Robinson||Robinson||Joe Smith, Alissa Wayman||60|| ||The Divine Comedy||3 movements:
I. The Inferno
III. The Ascension/ Paradison
|Rochelle||Rochelle|| || || || || |
|Rochester||Rochester||Dennis Jones|| || ||El Matador: Estancia, Children of Sanchez, Novus, Land of Make Believe|| |
|Rock Falls||Rock Falls||Elizabeth Judd, Ramiro Martinez (perc), Shelia Louineau (guard)||60||Olivia Watson, Brian Diaz||Tommy||The original rock opera recorded by The Who in 1969, tells the story of a young boy, Tommy Walker, cast into a catatonic state after witnessing a murder.
Tommy's parents, Capt. and Mrs. Walker, fight against odds to bring normalcy back to their son's life, but he is deaf, blind, and mute. His ability to play pinball, however, launches him into a world of fame and fortune across England.
The rock opera was reinvented as a musical in the '80s, according to reviews in the Boston Globe and Chicago Sun-Times .
"It's really about kids being able to feel like [they are part of] a professional production ... where the end product is only equal to what they put in," the Globe quoted one high school student as saying about the storyline.
"The music highlights the important moments of the rock opera, and musically we are hoping to conjure up those images for the audience," said director Elizabeth Judd of the Rock Falls 2010 field show. For example, in "Pinball Wizard," Part III, "the trumpets play the rhythm followed by the low brass and woodwinds hitting the awesome bass chord that ushers in the melody," she said.
Visually, the band straps a pinball machine replica to their guard captain in order to illustrate Tommy breaking free from his deaf, blind, and mute life. "They come out during the fanfare, and we hope the pinballs and the music elicit a great response from the audience," Ms Judd said.
|Rock Island||Rock Island (H.S.)||Peter Carlin, Michael Tollanaer, Ashley Wilson|| ||Sarah Koppenhoefer, Michaela Garrison, Alysha McElroy-Hodges||The Dot and the Line||show subtitle: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.|
|Rockford Christian||Rockford (R. Christian)||Vicki Hastings||0|| ||(no marching band)||Rockford Christian, with enrollment ~384, has no marching band, Vicki Hastings confirmed by email, Aug. 17.|
|Rockridge||Taylor Ridge (Rockridge)||Jake Walker|| || || || |
|Rolling Meadows||Rolling Meadows||Christopher Buti|| || ||Pyramids of Egypt|| |
|Romeoville||Romeoville (H.S.)||Clark Anderson, Adam Hill|| ||Stacey Depluzer, Lydia Montemayor, Melanie Washington||Fabric of Time||Movements include Tyranny of the Clock, Standing Still, and Accelerating Future.|
|Round Lake||Round Lake||Krista Millard, Jamie Dormody (guard)||40|| ||A New Color Guard Feature Every Time|| The marching band at Round Lake focuses on entertaining the home football crowd, director Krista Millard said. Therefore, there's really no central theme for the band's field show—unless you count the pure entertainment produced by the small and dedicated corps.
"We play our two school songs while marching drill," she said, adding that a different pop tune is incorporated into the halftime show each week as a color guard feature.
|ROWVA||Oneida (ROWVA)||Justin Haynes||65|| ||The Music of Michael Jackson|| |
|Rushville-Industry||Rushville (R.-Industry)||Jody Worthington, Jordan Van Dyke (perc), Becky Jones (auxiliary)||90||Marcus Roegge, Brooke Doolin||After Midnight||"It's a take on monsters and the eeriness that goes on after midnight," says director Jody Worthington. Songs include "Sleepy Hollow," "Come Out and Play," "Frankenstein," "Jitters," and "Phantasm."|
|Salem Community||Salem||John Haney||61|| ||Heartbeat||"Each movement depicts an emotion of the heart," John Haney said.|
|Sandburg||Orland Park (Sandburg)||Stewart Bailey|| || || || |
|Sandwich||Sandwich||Todd Schultz|| || || || |
|Sangamon Valley||Niantic (Sangamon Valley)||Nathan Wheeler|| || ||Africa|| |
|Seneca||Seneca||Mark Victor||44|| ||The Blues Brothers|| |
|Serena||Serena||Geoffrey Pierce||30|| ||(no field show)||parades only ... for example, this year, the Dwight Harvest Days Parade and the Grundy County Corn Fest.|
|Shelbyville||Shelbyville||Emma Burrows|| || ||Harlem Nights||new director|
|Shepard||Palos Heights (Shepard)||Christopher Pitlik|| || ||Romantic Relics|| |
|Sparta||Sparta||Robert Jasper||32|| ||Journey|| |
|Springfield||Springfield (H.S.)||Kelly Goldberg||125|| ||Spies R Us||music includes "Secret Agent Man" and themes from Get Smart , Mission Impossible , and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only .|
|St. Charles North||St. Charles (North)||Brian J. Wis||200|| ||(halftime entertainment and parades)|| Named a National Blue Ribbon school on Sept. 9, 2010. The school has a large marching band.
Marching band does not participate in competitions and follows a collegiate marching style. Band members provide energetic team support during football games and have a pre-game song list that includes about 20 tunes. The band will continue to tighten up its role on the sidelines in its "efforts to be the best football band in the state of Illinois!" director Brian Wis said.
|St. Joseph-Ogden||St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)||Chris Strong|| || ||The Pirates of the Caribbean|| |
|St. Rita of Cascia||Chicago (St. Rita)||Cindy Gradek||55|| ||Music from The Blues Brothers|| "Tonight only, the fabulous Blues Brothers," declares Elwood in the 1980 smash hit The Blues Brothers , starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. "Rhythm and Blues review. The Palace Hotel Ballroom. Route 16. Lake Wazzapamani. The fabulous Blues Brothers show band and review."
As you may recall, the movie had several scenes that involved people who had chosen to lead a religious life. Sometimes it poked fun at them, but the movie was ultimately respectful of a calling to a religious life.
The Archdiocese of Chicago moved St Rita High School from its home at 63rd and Claremont to the campus of Quigley South Seminary, which the archdiocese then closed, at 77th and Western after the 1989-90 school year. Priests used to learn how to become priests in the halls students now walk at St. Rita. But alas, that's old news: it happened before any of the school's current students were even born. How far we've come since then in our ability to laugh at ourselves! It's a good sign, a message from the lights of heaven, I would say. And it is embodied in the students of St. Rita, their teachers, and a school with a storied tradition.
It brings to mind another scene from the film upon which the band's show is based: Jake and Elwood are standing in front of a church, watching the service inside, which features a lot of holy-roller, Hallelujah Chorus singing, dancing, and celebrating. A light shines down on Jake from the heavens, leading to an epiphany:
Jake: The band? The band.
Reverend Cleophus James: DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?
Jake: THE BAND!
Rev. James: DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?
Elwood: What light?
Rev. James: HAVE YOU SEEEEN THE LIGHT?
Jake: YES! YES! JESUS H. TAP-DANCING CHRIST... I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!
We get it. The band is the light. St Rita shows us.|
|St. Thomas More||Champaign (St. Thomas More)||Nick Stefanic||0|| ||(no marching band)|| |
|St. Viator||Arlington Heights (St. Viator)||Thomas E Seaman||0|| ||(no marching band)||Athletic field, used by football and soccer after school, doesn't have lights for use by a marching band, even after the athletic practices, director of bands, Thomas Seaman confirmed by email, Aug. 17. The school therefore does not have a marching band. Furthermore, band meets in two separate class periods during the school day, which makes practicing a marching drill during that time a practical impossibility.
"Before school does not work as students are not available due to early classes and ride conflicts (being private, we have no busing)," he wrote. "We are not allowed to put lights on the athletic fields so we cannot practice after football and soccer and the school will not allow us to put lines on the parking lot.
"If your survey provides any results that may help me, please forward them along."|
|Stagg||Palos Hills (Stagg)||Bob Mecozzi, Jim Colombo||90||Kat Scarim, Emma Husar, Lauren Baca||The Roaring Twenties||The music includes "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "All of Me," and the old-time American folk song, "St. James Infirmary Blues." The story starts at the end of World War I and proceeds into topics of the '20s: suffrage, jazz club/Harlem, the Charleston dance craze, and the stock market crash of 1929.
|Staunton||Staunton||Jennifer Koehne|| || ||I Love the 80s||new director|
|Stevenson||Lincolnshire (Stevenson)||Jeff Slepak|| || || ||Co-curricular marching band and color guard performs state-of-the-art music and drills at halftime during football games. They also perform in parades.|
|Streator Township||Streator (Twp.)||Tim Karth|| || ||School Daze|| |
|Sullivan||Sullivan||Ryan Krapf|| || ||Open Arms: Music of the 80s Rock Group Journey|| |
|Sycamore||Sycamore (H.S.)||Ken Goodman, Becky Olsen, Linda Kocjan (guard)||100|| ||Flashback: Hits of the 70s and 80s||Music includes "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Open Arms" by Journey, and "Rockin' the Paradise" from the triple-platinum 1981 album Paradise Theatre by the group Styx, as well as a medley of Billy Joel songs, including "My Life":
They will tell you you can't sleep alone   in a strange place.
Then they'll tell you you can't sleep   with somebody else.
Oh but sooner or later you sleep   in your own space.
Either way it's OK,   you wake up with yourself.
|Taylorville||Taylorville||Chris Gunn|| || || || |
|Thornton Fractional South||Lansing (Thornton Fractional South)||Mike Madonia|| || ||Take Flight|| |
|Thornwood||South Holland (Thornwood)||Paul Anderson|| || || || |
|Tri-Valley||Downs (Tri-Valley)||Dan Marcotte||77|| ||Stan and the TV Band: The Music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra|| US Education Dept awarded a Blue Ribbon to Tri-Valley on Sept. 9. It's one of about 304 Blue Ribbon schools around the country that are "doing a great job of raising achievement and building a college-going culture for all students," a White House deputy press secretary said.
From our perspective, the big news at Tri-Valley, though, is the level of student involvement in the marching program. They march about 77 students this fall, and the student enrollment at the school is 326. That gives Dan Marcotte's marching band a phenomenal participation rate of 23.6 percent, one of the highest in Illinois.
Music includes "Artistry in Rhythm," "Pegasus," "Cuban Pete," and Ernesto Lecuona's "Malagueña." Concert band was recognized to perform at the University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival in May 2010, director Dan Marcotte acknowledged.
|Triad||Troy (Triad)||Evan Hinds, Dennis Carter||96|| ||Oz||based on all three: The Wizard of Oz , The Wiz , and Wicked .|
|United Township||East Moline (United)||Dave Maccabee, Katie Lyphout|| ||Montana Farrell, Cassandra Thorngren||Belief: A Matter of Trust||Music draws from "The Promise of Living" by Aaron Copland, "Angels in the Architecture" by Frank Ticheli, and Bieble's setting of "Ave Maria."|
|Unity (Tolono)||Tolono (Unity)||William Jean, Tonya Ayers (guard)||77|| ||Styx||2nd year in competition ... big drum solo in the closer ... The drill "directly reflects music intensity and style," director William Jean said. "Music is aggressive and energetic."
About that drum solo, look for sudden changes in the speed of the drill. The color guard also changes up the color scheme of the flags, as they connect with the music of this classic rock band.|
|University (Normal)||Normal (University)||Jason Landes, David Sulzberger|| ||Aaron Tuttle, Kambria Vance, Cymone Wilder||The Climb||Parts include Ascent, Summit, and Descent. |
|Urbana||Urbana (H.S.)||Darren Hicks|| || ||The Music of Stan Kenton||New director takes over for Leif Hall, whose job was cut for budget reasons.|
|Vandalia||Vandalia||Tony Hicks|| || || || |
|Vernon Hills||Vernon Hills||Randy Sundell||0|| ||(no marching band)||2010 National Blue Ribbon school, awarded Sept. 9. The school has a pep band only.|
|Warren Township||Gurnee (Warren)||Christopher Jenkins, Kurt Gros, Drew Russell||300||Mercedes Harris, Kristin Capizzi, Kadijah Kellogg, Lauren Revis||In the Hall of the Mountain King||Three movements: In a Darkened Hall, Masked by Shadows, and Mountain King.|
|Washington Community||Washington||Jim Tallman, Lisa Parrott, Bob Barker (perc), Keri Bowles (guard), Ashley Stewart (marching)||165||Sarah Bivens, Aaron Walker, Kathryn Pillischafske||The Music of Journey||The band Journey recorded 189 songs, by most estimates. Included in the field show for Washington Community are "Separate Ways," "Open Arms," and "Any Way You Want It."|
|Waterloo||Waterloo (H.S.)||Michael Mullins|| || || || |
|Watseka Community||Watseka||Eric Parmenter|| ||Logan Newkirk, Emma Newkirk||Spectrum||Music includes the movements Red, Blue, White, and Gold.|
|Waubonsie Valley||Aurora (Waubonsie Valley)||Joshua Chodoroff|| ||Lizzy Yorka, John O'Neill, Aparna Srinath||Halos||Music drawn from "In the Spting, at the Time When Kings Go Off to War" by David Holsinger and "Sketches on a Tudor Psalm" by Fisher Tull.|
|Waukegan||Waukegan (H.S.)||Josh Kumpala|| || || || |
|Wesclin||Trenton (Wesclin)||Rodney Washburn, Brittani Adair (guard), Brandon Lee (percussion), Jacob Henss (percussion)||40||Kelley Johnson||The Race|| |
|West Aurora||Aurora (West)||John Sierakowski||250|| ||My Kind of Town||non-competitive ... some music inspired by the city of Chicago|
|Western||Barry (Western)||Frank Cook|| || || || |
|Westmont||Westmont||Matthew P. Bufis||53|| ||Chicago||based on the band, not the musical ... Mr Bufis presents students with 5 or 10 options each year, and they pick the show they want to do ... this was their choice ... 12 auxiliary (flags) and 10 percussionists are included in student number
band is non-competitive ... "We do two parades, one in the fall and one in the spring, and five football games," Mr Bufis said.|
|Westville||Westville||Christopher Bontjes|| || || || |
|Wethersfield||Kewanee (Wethersfield)||Jay Hagaman|| || || || |
|Wheaton North||Wheaton (North)||Jon Noworyta|| ||Lindsay Thill, Cole Manschot||Prison of the Mind|| |
|Wheaton Warrenville South||Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)||Vic Scimeca|| ||Leah Dudak||Simunye (We Are One)|| 3 movements:
1. Nuut Day (New Day)
2. Soen Liefde Newelik (Kiss, Love, Marriage)
3. Gelukkig Selebrasie (Happy Celebration)
|Wheeling||Wheeling||Brian Logan, Andrew Sturgeon, Mark Hiebert||112||Chelsie Coran, Adlema Ragudo, Chris Schwarz||Metamorphosis|| Paul Hindemith's Symphony in B-flat for Concert Band is often considered a landmark work. There wasn't much of a market for wind ensemble music 60 years ago, so composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries tended to write for orchestra, opera, chamber ensembles, or basically for any group that would pay them. Hindemith, however, who had emigrated from Germany to escape Hitler's tyranny, was different.
But this work, which gets prominent attention in Wheeling's show, aptly titled "Metamorphosis," represents not only a metamorphosis in the beauty, precision, and acceptance of music for winds, but also a transformation in Hindemith's works. He finished writing it in 1951, and it was first performed by the US Army band "Pershing's Own" on April 5, 1951, in Washington, D.C.
Wheeling's show also includes Hindemith's Concerto (Konzertmuzik) for Brass and Strings , Op. 50 (1930), and his Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber (1943). Where else did you think the title came from?
About the titular work, Hindemith was approached by a ballet choreographer, Léonide Massine, to compose music for a ballet based on the work of composer Carl Maria von Weber. But when Hindemith saw Massine's choreography, he decided to take a pass, leading him to compose the Symphonic Metamorphoses instead. More complete program notes about the work, published by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, can be found here .
Hindemith would certainly find Wheeling's choreography—or rather, drill—much more acceptable. It comes direct from Pete Weber (no relation, as far as we know). Band director Brian Logan said the Mr Weber who is still alive in the 21st century had written drill for the Santa Clara Vanguard in the past. Dwayne Rice, another drum corps veteran, arranged the music of the 20th-century master.
|Wilmington||Wilmington||Ellen Georgeff|| || || || |
|Winchester||Winchester||Andrew Patton||7|| ||(no field show)||pep band only ... plays from the stands during football games|
|Windsor||Windsor||Stephanie Kinkley|| || || || |
|Woodstock||Woodstock (H.S.)||Cody Halberstadt||0|| ||(no marching band)|| |
|Woodstock North||Woodstock (North)|| ||0|| ||(no marching band)||School started varsity football in the 2009-10 school year (a year ago) and adds a senior class only this year. Enrollment is a little more than 900 students.|
|Yorkville||Yorkville||Victor Anderson|| || || || |