Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New PARIS Trip Blog!

Here's our new site for Paris Trip info before, during and AFTER the trip.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome back!

We're excited to be back at it again!

Band camp was a huge success as well as our event at Feed My Starving Children with Libertyville High School Band. We packed enough food to feed 87 children for a year!

We worked hard at camp despite some soaring temperatures and humidity..

And our seniors being their journey through their last year of high school!

Here's to an awesome 2016-2017 school year!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

10th Annual Wind Ensemble Invitational Concert

This Friday, March 16, the Wind Ensembles from Lake Zurich HS, Elk Grove HS, and Evanston Twp. HS will be performing in concert in the Performing Arts Center of Lake Zurich HS. The free concert will begin at 7:30PM followed by a reception.

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music! Come hear music of Adam Gorb, Samuel Barber, John Mackey, Morton Gould, Gustav Holst and more. Come help us celebrate the rich tradition of wind band music.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Paris Trip Meeting for 8th grade parents

Paris New Year ParadeWe're having another Paris Trip presentation for incoming 8th graders and parents and anyone else that wants to hear it. It will be at 6:30 on April 4th, most likely in the band room at the High school. We'll have all the information you need to make your decision if you want to participate.

See you then!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Jazz By the Lake 2016!!!!

It's not too late! You can still get tickets for our 9th Annual Jazz by the Lake Silent Auction and Dinner event at Makray Memorial Golf Club. This has become an highlight event of the year and something you will not want to miss. It is not a jazz concert-it's a great chance to get out for the evening, hang out with other parents and members of the community and have a great time! If you haven't ever come, Now's the Time...

Jazz By the Lake 2016 Order form

Monday, November 2, 2015

Paris Trip Meeting: November 9th

Parents and Students,
Please come and hear about the Paris Trip at our meeting on November 9th. Whether you know you are going, or on the fence this trip will answer your questions and concerns. This is truly a once in a lifetime type opportunity that you will not want your son or daughter to miss out on.

I figure it might be easy to address some of the common concerns that come up at a meeting like this. Perhaps this will give you something to consider when you come to the meeting.

Common reasons for not going on a trip:

1) We can't afford it. 

  • Certainly the cost is a very valid concern. But we challenge to you to consider creative ways to set the money aside. 100+ ways to save money Get your student on board and challenge them to start setting money aside/earning the money. I think every kid can benefit from being a part of the process and they will value it more! But what a perfect time for them to learn the value of a dollar and the experience of working towards a goal than before they are out of the house!
Other ways to ease the cost burden.
  • Get involved in fundraising. Everyone wins when you help out. 
  • Think creatively how you can earn some extra money. Get a job, rake leaves, shovel snow, learn how to fix something, tutor a younger student.
  • Write a letter and send it to relatives and close friends. Explain what you are doing, why you are doing it and why you are going. Follow up with each letter and see if they might be willing to help out. 

2) I've never been to Europe, why should my son or daughter? 

  • The world is becoming increasingly global. More and more jobs benefit from this global perspective. Going on a trip to Europe in high school is the first step to opening up the globe to them in way that we could not understand when we were young. 

3) It's just a band trip, why can't we just travel to a bowl game?

  • This trip is about much more than band. Yes, band is what brings us together for the trip, and sharing music with other cultures is an awesome experience, not to mention sharing it with more than 100 of your friends. But this trip is about a true educational experience. Students get a rich education in History, Art, Commerce, Language, Food, Culture, Politics, on top of music.
  • I've done the bowl games, and Disney, etc. At the end of the day, I walked away feeling like I just took a vacation trip. But after these Europe trips, I feel like I've changed my student's world... That's why we go overseas.

4) Why do we have to travel at all?

  • Ultimately we don't. This is something that as a band director who has taken numerous trips, I have seen over and over that the opportunity to be a part of something special like this is completely worth all the extra effort that goes into making it work. The trips are part incentive, part experience and education. I encourage you to make it an incentive with your own son or daughter. It will motivate them!

I'm sure you have other things-please come to the meeting on November 9th at 6:30 in the Small Auditorium to find out more!!!