Raffle basket donations needed

On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Sycamore Music Boosters will host a special night of jazz and classical music and savory treats and desserts entitled “A Note to Remember” from 7:00 – 11:00 PM at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Along with the great music and culinary delights, one of the highlights of the evening is a raffle of spectacular gift baskets and prizes created with the donations from our music families! We are asking our grade 4-12 music students to donate an item to add to our baskets to be raffled at the event.
We welcome items of all kinds and value! If you are looking for ideas, here are some items that have worked great in the past:

Sports tickets
College, professional and SHS Sport clothing
Sports posters and books
Musical DVD’s
iTune Cards
Theatre tickets
Lotions and Spa items
Musical scores or sheet music
Chocolates and sweet treats
Restaurant or movie gift certificates
(For adult beverages please do not bring to school – contact the number
below to arrange pick-up)

If you are able to contribute to the baskets or would like to donate an item for our raffle/silent auction, please give the item to your music instructor by Friday, January 30. Arrangements can also be made for pick-up if necessary. Contact Lori Grant, coordinator with any questions at 815-757-9895 or email her at lgrantbuckeye89@gmail.com . Tickets to this adult-only event can be purchased in the main office at the high school, Kar Fre Flowers, Northern Rehab, Ricaradis, and Sean’s Coffee House. Tickets are $25/person.

Thanks for all the Support!

The 42nd annual Sycamore Music Boosters Autumn Craft and Treasures Market held during the recent Pumpkin Festival weekend at the Sycamore High School Field House was a tremendous success!   It is with deep gratitude that we thank all of our Music Booster families – each parent, student, family member, friend, teacher and staff member that volunteered at the Craft Fair fundraiser! Whether you baked pies, worked a shift, sent a donation, attended the craft fair, or helped in any other way, you helped support our mission: “Enriching the quality of music education, performance and awareness in the Sycamore schools and community.” Our appreciation is also extended to the Craft Fair vendors, Sycamore School District Administration, Athletics, and Custodial Staff, the Suter Company, Italian Dreams, Country Store and Catering, Elleson’s Bakery, and Sycamore Park District.  We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that assisted in making this another successful fundraiser during the Pumpkin Festival weekend!

With much appreciation,

Ken Olson, Sycamore Music Booster President

Autumn Craft and Treasures Market Committee: Cathie Lohse, Amy Cuthbert, Peggy Diemer, Brian Jungmann, Deb Loitz, Kathy Reuter, Bob Atkins, Lisa Smith


Forty-five high school and forty middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2014 Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-District Orchestras, Bands, Jazz Bands, and Choirs.

Students who made All-District groups performed audition material for judges in competitive auditions in October.  The students who were selected spend one day in rehearsal, and the groups perform later the same day.  This year, the

All-District Jazz festival was held at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday, November 15.  The All-District Orchestra, Band, and Choir festivals were held on Saturday, November 22 at DeKalb High School.

Students from Sycamore High School who have been selected for the ILMEA All-District festivals include:



Soprano –Lauren Brazeau, Mary Flaherty, Becca Roby, Claire Schroeder; Alto –Annabell Castillo, Falon Findley, Isabella Hepker, Sarah Houdek, Annie Malecki, Anna McComb, Thalia Schusteff, Kara Strohm; Tenor – Edgar Garcia, Andrew McComb, Trevor McDonald;  Bass –Jarrod Holtz, Alex Holtz, Collin Koneczny.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (freshmen participating in junior festival):

Soprano – Dana Nielsen; Alto – Kaylie Emmer.


Violin – Jessica Luo; Viola – Kailey Mulligan; Cello –Baylee Petit; Bass – Seth Kates, Brett Brancato, Evan Jacobs.


Clarinet – Alex Cuthbert; Oboe – Mary McConnaughay, Emma Olson; Bassoon – Rachel Hecht; French Horn – Andrew Selig, Jordyn Shultz; Trumpet – Olivia Lohse, Ben Van Wienen; Trombone – Ella Rose Atkins.


Flute – Alyssa Maillefer; Oboe – Matthew Rogers, Katrina Thu; Alto Saxophone – Gracia Watson; Tenor Sax – Zach Dodson; French Horn – Bret Reser; Percussion – Tyler Berger.


Alto Sax – Gracia Watson; Tenor Sax – Rachel Hecht; Drum Set – Jordan Smith.

Students from Sycamore Middle School who have been selected for IMEA include:


Flute – Caroline Bowers, Lizzie Egerman, Mackenzie Taylor; Oboe – Tommy Kloosterman; Clarinet –Emily Grayburn, Danzig Lenker, Aubrey Villarreal; Alto Saxophone – Morgyn Nelson; Trumpet – Max Baird, Bradley Harris, Ebad Rana; Trombone – Will Biletzky, Brett Harris, Tamia Hughes, Karl Peterson; Euphonium – Blake Ross; Tuba – Derek Lawrence.


Alto Saxophone – Grace Knapp; Tenor Saxophone – Morgyn Nelson; Trombone – Karl Peterson.


Alto – Lauren Sims.


Violin – Chloe Hardy, Hannah Kirby, Julia Luo, Madeline McCormick, Joon Park, Erin Templin, Athena Ye; Viola – Kelsey Mulligan, Charlotte Salis, Allison Vidales; Cello – Julia Bowers, Gwynneth Boynton, Coco Breidenbach,  Grace Frielink, Courtney Mulligan, Madeleine Vinz, Tsavo Walker; Bass – Griffin Polly, Nolan Polly.


408 - Music Boosters Craft Fair 2013 002The 42nd annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 25 & 26, 2014. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 200 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more. Craft & Treasures Market admission fees are:  Adults $2.00; Senior Citizens $1.00; Students Kindergarten – 12th grade $1.00; children under 5 free.  Free Parking.  A handicapped lot will be available on the North side of the field house just off Johnson Avenue.  There will be golf cart shuttles running during operating hours. Please note: No animals allowed except those used for special needs assistance.   Various student music groups perform on Saturday.

Visitors numbering in the thousands come every year from all over Northern Illinois to browse and purchase items for sale.  Over 200 adult and student volunteers help exhibitors, supervise traffic, operate the concession stand and work at admissions, guard posts and various other jobs.

Vendor applications are being accepted as space is available and applications submitted will be put on stand by and admitted if space is still available. For vendor information and application, contact Amy Cuthbert, Vendor Chair at 815.899.0401 or via E-mail at SMBCraftMarket@aol.com. Additional information can be found at our web site at http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com.

Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization composed of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools with the focus and goals to promote excellence in music education. Sycamore Music Boosters began years ago with a group of parents interested in supporting school bands. In 1972, the band booster club enlarged its interest to encompass all music programs and the then named “Antique Craft & Treasures Market” was born.  Incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit organization, the Sycamore Music Boosters continue to support school music programs including funding for equipment purchases, field trips, music camp & college scholarships, High School/Middle School musicals, and numerous other music activities.

Currently over 600 students are enrolled in elective music programs in grades 4-12, as well as all elementary music programs.  The primary source of funds for Sycamore Music Boosters is the annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market.  Thank you in advance to all our supporters, volunteers & patrons! For more information about the Sycamore Music Boosters, please visit: http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Craft Booths Still Available for Sycamore’s Autumn Craft & Treasures Market

pumkinfestlogoSycamore Music Boosters still has vendor craft booths available for the upcoming Autumn Craft & Treasures Market during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival on October 25 and 26.  For more information or to reserve a booth, please contact Vendor Chair, Amy Cuthbert, at smbcraftmarket@aol.com or 815.899.0401. The Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization comprised of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools. The Autumn Craft & Treasures Market is their largest fundraiser of the year.  For more information about the Craft Fair and to download the application, please visit: http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.