FHS Instrumental Music Newsletter

December 2020

Band Family Updates

Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families:


I hope this newsletter finds you anticipating a season of warmth, family, relaxing holidays, and maybe some holiday cookies!


It was not too long ago that we shared in our Bison Band fall newsletter the work of the Bison Chamber Band and the Marching Band. We are now pleased to bring you the fruits and creativity of about the last six weeks as we head into the Holiday Break. Although we are sad that our current circumstances do not allow us to have our 95th Annual Band & Choir Holiday Concert, we still have students who are as committed as ever learning music and about music. How grateful are we for that!


As stated in the last newsletter, I am most grateful and impressed with our students. Their spirits remain high and their resolve remains strong. We will get through this and we look forward to being together and making music once again soon.


Please read this entire newsletter as there is some great news about what our students have been doing. There is also information on what's to come, so please check that out. Most importantly, please be sure to check out the Music Department "Holiday Showcase" video that includes what the students have been working on.


Sincerely,

Garett A George

Director of Bands


Fenton High School

1000 W Green Street

Bensenville, Illinois, 60106

O: 630.860.4944

C: 929.322.4944

F: 630.787.4093

music.fenton100.org

Parents: Click here to schedule a video conference with me.

Students: Click here to schedule a video conference with me.

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ILMEA All-State Results!

We are very proud to announce that junior Anna Micor has qualified for the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Band on Piccolo!


Anna will have the chance to audition in May (the tentative all-state festival date) for either the Honors Band or All-State Band. There are only four piccolo players accepted to All-State!!!


Congratulations Anna!


We'd also like to congratulate Bart Sporna who qualified for the All-State Chorus on Tenor 1. Congrats Bart!

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Band Private Lesson Scholarships

Congratulations to the following students for earning $200.00 in private lesson scholarships from the Fenton Music Boosters:



  • Joan Hitt
  • Abby Hernandez
  • Aiden Torres
  • Julia Rihani
  • Roza Grochal


Thank you Music Boosters for your continued support!

Information Regarding Bands & Music Classes Next Year

Band Frequently Asked Questions

Band Parent Letter

Please click on this link for the band parent letter for the 2021-2022 school year. This is helpful for all current band students as well as incoming 8th graders.

Click here for a version in Spanish.


Click here for a version in Polish.

FHS Music Department Courses for 2020-2021

Click here to view the offerings for our music department next school year. Feel free to reach out to Mr. George with any questions

What's Happening in our Instrumental Music Classes & Activities

Fenton Jazz

The Fenton Jazz Bands are rehearsing on Tuesday nights from 4:30-6:00 PM. Click here for a Jazz Calendar.


The Jazz Bands will be attending the Purdue Jazz Festival in January and the Northern Illinois Jazz Festival in February! Both of these events will be held virtually.


Check our the Music Department "Holiday Showcase" video below (in lieu of the 95th Annual Band & Choir Holiday Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Jazz Bands have been up to this season.

Class Piano Recitals.

Click on the link here for the Class Piano Recital Period 3 video or watch below (note, the period 3 recital did not start recording until after a couple of students. We apologize for any inconvenience).


Click on the link here for the Class Piano Recital Period 1 video or watch below.

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Piano Period 3 Recital Video
Virtual Piano Recital 2020

Class Guitar Recitals

Click on the videos below to see the class guitar recitals from earlier this month! If the embedded videos below do not work, please click here for Guitar Period 2 and here for Guitar Period 8.

Guitar Period 2 Recital

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Guitar Period 2 End of Semester Recital

Guitar Period 8 Recital

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Guitar Period 8 End of Semester Recital

Tri M Honor Society

The Fenton High School Tri-M Music Honor Society's induction video is below. If the Youtube link doesn't work, use this link.
Tri M Music Honor Society 2020 "Virtual" Informal Induction

Fenton Choirs

Click here to view the December newsletter from our Fenton choirs!


Click here for a google folder containing the Choir portion of our Holiday Showcase (if the Youtube video below doesn't work).

Concert Band

The Fenton Concert Band is made up of freshman through seniors who are developing their instrumental skills while challenging themselves with musical projects and literature. The Concert Band has been meeting on Thursdays and Fridays at 2:00 PM. You can see a picture of them warming up below.


Check our the Music Department "Holiday Showcase" video below (in lieu of the 95th Annual Band & Choir Holiday Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Concert Band has been up to this season.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Fenton Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of freshman through seniors who are refining their instrumental skills while challenging themselves with advanced musical projects and literature. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been meeting on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 AM. You can see a picture of them warming up below.


Check our the Music Department "Holiday Showcase" video below (in lieu of the 95th Annual Band & Choir Holiday Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been up to this season.

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Music Boosters

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm virtually. Zoom links are sent out prior to the meeting. You can also ask your student for these. Can't make the meeting? Check out the webpage for more info and this info doc.

"Holiday Showcase" Video

Please click on the video below to check out the Fenton Band's version of our Music Department Holiday Showcase Video.


In the band video, you will hear the members of the Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, & Jazz Bands perform some favorite holiday songs.


The students of the Concert Band & Symphonic Wind Ensemble chose their own groups to collaborate with. They also chose their own music to perform from a list of songs. They then recorded themselves and created their own backgrounds and accompaniments using Soundtrap. Soundtrap is a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW!


If the video doesn't work for some reason, please click here for an alternate version. This video will be available for a month on Youtube.

Band Holiday Showcase Video 2020

In Closing...

We are blessed to be able to continue learning and making music under these circumstances. We know that this is not the best of situations. All of our efforts and energies have been put into doing the very best we can to make this a positive experience for our students. As we said in the fall newsletter, they have been a tremendous source of inspiration for each other and their teachers!


Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you and your family have a relaxing, restful, safe, and wonderful Holiday season..


Musically yours,

Garett George

georgeg@fenton100.org

630-860-4944

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