Bison Bands March Newsletter

March 2021

Band Family Updates

Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families:


I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying some more sunshine, slightly warmer weather, and the melting of snow!


It was not too long ago that we shared our Holiday Instrumental Newsletter featuring the work of the Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. We are now pleased to bring you the fruits of our hard working band students from the last quarter.


Although we are sad that our current circumstances do not allow us to have our usual March events, we still have students who are as committed as ever learning music and about music. How grateful are we for that! We are truly blessed to have so many excited and motivated music students who are willing to engage in events like Solo & Ensemble contest, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and more! I am thankful for all of our band students at Fenton. You should be commended for your grit, perseverance, and tenacity. Thank you!


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 Band Winter Concert video entitled "Music From Our Home to Yours" 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 Band this month!

On Saturday, March 20th, Anna Micor will be participating in the ILMEA All-State Band. She and other All-State students from around the state will engage in a keynote speaker clinic as well as instrumental specific clinics. The festival will be held virtually.


Additionally, Anna recently earned a $500.00 scholarship for a virtual Solo & Ensemble contest she participated in. Anna had to perform a flute solo over a live meeting last month and the judging panel awarded her the scholarship. Congratulations Anna!

3rd Quarter Fenton Face!

Congratulations Aiden Torres on being selected as the Fenton Music Department's third quarter Fenton Face!


Aiden has been participating in just about every band here at Fenton and doing it on a number of different instruments. Aiden has learned several new instruments in the past school year and is contributing to his ensembles on each of them!


Way to go, Aiden!

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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.


It's never too late to sign up for band! Reach out to your counselor to add band to your schedule!

Join the Bison Bands!

Summer Band Dates

While it is still early, it is never too early to begin planning for next year! Students interested in participating in the Marching Band, Student Leadership, trying out for Drum Major, trying out for Drumline and trying out for Color Guard should examine our Summer Band Dates document.


Also in here is our Marching Band Commitment form for 2021!

What's Happening in our Bands?

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 recently attended the Purdue Jazz Festival in January and the Northern Illinois Jazz Festival in February! Coming soon, they will be visited by students from the Elmhurst University Jazz Combos and other guests.


Check our the Winter Band Concert "Music From Our Home to Yours" video below (in lieu of the March Band Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Jazz Bands have been up to this season.

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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 Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 AM.


The CB has been learning the music of Bela Bartok through "Three Hungarian Songs" along with Lin Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton." Ask your student to share with you something they have learned about "Hamilton" or Bela Bartok.


Check out the Winter Band Concert "Music From Our Home to Yours" video below (in lieu of the March Band Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Concert Band has been up to this season.

Pep Band

The Fenton Pep Band continued virtually this season without a hitch! Here are a few highlights from our 2021 Pep Band season


  • Pep Band met every Thursday from January - March

  • Pep Band was treated like an "open house." Students came when they could.

  • Students were able to pick few songs to play this year

  • Students who attended all of the pep band rehearsals became members of the Pep Band Wall of Fame. That means that they’ll get a pep band t-shirt and their name engraved on our PBWOF plaque in the Fenton Music Display Case.

  • Students were able to use Pep Band for one of their accelerated credit choices

  • Student leaders can use Pep Band for their leadership logs

  • Spirit days and band bonding sessions happened every rehearsal

  • Middle School students participated in two of our rehearsals.

  • We recorded eight songs and shared them with the basketball programs at Fenton H.S.

Favorite food day at pep band.

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 Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 AM.


The SWE has been learning the music of Jaime Texidor through "Amparito Roca" along with Lin Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton." Ask your student to share with you something they have learned about "Hamilton."


Check out the Winter Band Concert "Music From Our Home to Yours" video below (in lieu of the March Band Concert) in this newsletter for some of the work the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been up to this season.

Solo & Ensemble Contest

Students in the Fenton Bands who have shown an interest in learning a solo or being a part of an ensemble continue to have the opportunity to experience this unique and rewarding musical medium.


Solo and ensembles students have been able to choose music, meet with their accompanist (where applicable), and meet with their private lesson teacher or Mr. George. Students will be recording their pieces and submitting them to a judge who will then join us in class and provide an individualized educational workshop.


This year we have 12 students learning a solo and 13 students participating in ensembles!

"Music From Our Home to Yours" Video

Please click on the video below to check out the Fenton Band's "Music From Our Home to Yours."


In the band video, you will hear the members of the Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Pep Band & Jazz Bands perform what they've been working on. Please remember that these recordings have been built by the students without the opportunity of rehearsing together.


Enjoy!

From our Home to Yours.

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.

In Closing...

We are thankful to be able to continue learning and making music under these circumstances and we are excited about the opportunity to work with your students in our hybrid learning model. We know that there may be some questions about what the future will look like. All I can say is that we are looking into every possible way to get bands back together and playing at Fenton! Our efforts and energies are now moving towards making this new transitional experience a rewarding one!


Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you and your family have a great spring season.


Musically yours,

Garett George

georgeg@fenton100.org

630-860-4944

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