FHS Instrumental Music Newsletter
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.
Garett A George
Director of Bands
Fenton High School
1000 W Green Street
Bensenville, Illinois, 60106
ILMEA All-State Results!
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!!!
We'd also like to congratulate Bart Sporna who qualified for the All-State Chorus on Tenor 1. Congrats Bart!
Band Private Lesson Scholarships
- 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 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.
What's Happening in our Instrumental Music Classes & Activities
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.
Guitar Period 2 Recital
Guitar Period 8 Recital
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.
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.
"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.
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..