Pumpkinfest Volunteers Needed

pumkinfestlogoA warm welcome to all music booster parents, returning and new! Pumpkinfest weekend

is approaching quickly: Sat. & Sun. October 24th and 25th. The high school field house will once again be the scene for our biggest fundraiser, and we are fortunate to have this annual opportunity. As music student parents we count on you and greatly appreciate your efforts in helping us raise money for enriching our children’s lives through music education. The craft fair raises the majority of the funds the Music Boosters use to subsidize instrument purchases, field trips and provide summer camp scholarships to all interested students, just to name a few examples.

******* We request that parents choose from the following options: (1) Work a shift & contribute monetarily, (2) Work a shift & send in 2 pies, (3) Send in 2 pies & a monetary contribution. Boosters suggest $15 for one music student or $25 if you have 2 or more students in music programs. This year we are trying something new for shift sign-up. This should make the process easier for parents who would like to sign up and work the same shift as their student. Use these links

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacad23a0f49-sycamore to access student sign-up.

Use http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aacad23a0f49-sycamore1 to access adult volunteer sign-up.

sign-up. Information at the site (SignUp Genius) will guide you through the options and the process. We are not taking phone call requests for shifts and students. Everyone who signs up to work a shift that weekend will receive a coupon for free

craft fair admission and a meal, when they sign in to work their shift. We will be sending a follow up Email in the week before Pumpkinfest to help fill any open shifts & assure that the event is well-staffed for a smooth operation. Your generosity during this busy weekend is key to keeping the Sycamore Music Department a strong force in educating our children in this most valuable way. We really appreciate your contribution and also your support of your music student throughout the

WHOLE school year!

Thank you for your prompt consideration. We are looking forward to seeing

all of you that weekend! Questions? Contact Kathy Reuter at (815)761-4576 or


Click below for a downloadable parent letter and volunteer form

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Sycamore Music Boosters Music Hall of Fame Deadline Oct. 1

The Sycamore Music Boosters is now accepting applications for their annual “Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame”.  This ongoing awards program will honor and recognize a variety of Sycamore High School alumni and music advocates who have demonstrated superior participation and/or support of the Sycamore music programs.  The Music Hall of Fame includes four award categories, each of which will recognize different ways in which SHS alums and members of our community have contributed to the ongoing standards of excellence in our music programs.

The Ovation Award will be given to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior performance and participation in music throughout his/her high school experience.

The Legacy Award will be awarded to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior performance and participation in music throughout his/her high school experience, and, who has continued to demonstrate superior involvement in music through continued education, professional, and volunteer involvement in music.

The Advocate Award recipient will be an individual who has outstanding qualities as an advocate for the music programs in the Sycamore School District.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior participation in music throughout his/her high school experience.  Beyond high school, the individual must have a record of truly distinguished and exceptional performance/ service/ achievement in their vocation and/or avocation.

Nominations for any or all of these categories are now being collected and the submission deadline is October 1, 2015. More information, nomination forms, and instructions may be found on our Web site at: www.sycamoremusicboosters.com.  If there are further questions, please contact Music Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Madelyn Anderson, via E-mail at madkerback@comcast.net.

Sycamore Craft Fair!


The 43rd annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 24 & 25, 2015. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 25 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. Autumn 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.

For vendor information contact Amy Cuthbert, Vendor Chair at 815.762.2406 or via E-mail at  SMBCraftMarket@aol.com.  For all other inquiries, contact Ken Olson at 815-899.5503

Click below for a downloadable vendor application form

Craft Fair Application 2015

Sycamore Jazz Ensemble Performs at Grand Victorian

522 - SHS Jazz Band-Grand Victorian 2015 073The Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble recently was invited to perform at the Grand Victorian in Sycamore. Directed by Sycamore Music Department Chair Scott Mertens, they performed works by Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller’s crowd-pleaser “In The Mood”, and other tunes. This talented jazz band will be performing next at the annual Jazz Night on Monday, May 4 at the Sycamore High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Admission is free 522 - SHS Jazz Band-Grand Victorian 2015 007and all are invited to attend. For more information about the Sycamore district music programs, Sycamore Music Boosters, scholarship opportunities and more, please visit http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com and follow Sycamore Music Boosters on Facebook and Twitter.

Note to Remember Appreciation

The 7th Annual Sycamore Music Boosters “A Note to Remember” event held on February 14 at Blumen Gardens was a tremendous success!   It is with deep gratitude that we thank our sponsors and donors that helped support our mission: “Enriching the quality of music education, performance and awareness in the Sycamore schools and community.”

Our appreciation is extended to the following Sponsors that helped make this event so successful:   Kohls, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Prairie View Animal Hospital, NB & T, KishHealth System, Ideal Industries, Inc., Shaw Media – the Daily Chronicle and the Midweek, PianoForte and David Graham, Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons for Northern Illinois-Dr. Todd Anderson and Dr. David Junck, Floor to Ceiling, Carmine’s Subs, Austin’s Violin Shop, American Midwest Bank, Law Office of Richard L. Turner, Law office of Riley Oncken, Special Needs Products, The Suter Company, Castle Bank, Quinlin and Fabish Music, Spex Express, Bob and Diane Hammon, and Vanatta Piano Service.

Our gratitude is also expressed to the following businesses and community members for their contributions: Jazz in Progress, Blumen Gardens, Wendy Tritt of Trittenhaus Design, Invironments Magazine-Morningstar Media Group, Gia DaVini of Chocolate Shivers, Victoria Shipman of Essentials by House of Interiors, Le Print Express, New Values Magazine, Lion’s Club Community Board, Ralph Helm, all of our outstanding performers, and our wonderful Music Boosters families and friends.

Thank you to the following businesses and families for their donations: Buffalo Wild Wings, Charter Fitness, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chipotle, Cottone Family, Country Inn & Suites, Culver’s of Sycamore, Curves, Dairy Queen, D & D Jewelry, Dolce Vita Salon, Dr. Todd Curtis-Orthodontist, Eggsclusive Café, Elgin Youth Symphony, Energym, Farm and Fleet, Kevin Flaherty, Hillside Restaurant, HyVee, Kishwaukee College, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Kishwaukee YMCA, Kuiper’s Family Farm, Los Rancheros, Lou Malnati’s, McDonald’s of Sycamore, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Nat’s on Maple, NIU Community School of the Arts, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Panera Bread, Parkway Restaurant,  PJ’s Courthouse Tavern, Polka Dots Bakery, Potbelly’s, Prairie View Animal Hospital, Reclaimed by Jil, Rosita’s Restaurant, Seattle Sutton, Spex Expressions, Sports of All Sorts,  Stagecoach Players, Stephen Alan Salon, St. Mary’s Church Sycamore, Sycamore High School, Sycamore High School Orchestra, Sycamore Park District and Golf Club, Sycamore Sports Boosters, and Thirty-One Brand Gifts – Robyn White.

Please accept our apologies if we mistakenly omitted someone. We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that assisted in making this “Note to Remember” event a huge success!



Ken Olson, Sycamore Music Booster President

Kris Selig, A Note to Remember Chair


SycS&E 2015-Best of Dayamore High School (SHS) music students recently performed at the annual IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Harvard High School.  Musicians in orchestra, band, and/or choir had the opportunity to perform a solo, usually with piano accompaniment, or in various ensembles in front of a judge. Performers receive a performance rating of Division I (the highest rating), II, III, IV, and V.

At the end of the day, each judge chooses one stand out performance and selects a “Best of Day” performance.  While there were many outstanding performances and perfect scores received by the students, 6 SHS musicians were awarded the prestigious “Best of Day” award! Congratulations and special recognition goes to the following Sycamore High School Solo & Ensemble “Best of Day” Award recipients (pictured here left to right): Front row- Rachel Hecht for Mixed Woodwind Ensemble, Emma Olson for Oboe Solo and Mixed Wind Ensemble, Jordyn Schultz for Mixed Wind Ensemble; Back row-Megan Graham for Mixed Wind Ensemble, Ben Van Wienen for Trumpet Solo, and Alex Cuthbert for Mixed Wind Ensemble.

SHS Band Director Ken Goodman comments, “Participating in the Solo and Ensemble event is a great way for music students to challenge themselves.  Their goal is to prepare, practice, perform a piece well, and to have fun!” Family, friends and fellow musicians are encouraged to attend performances as it is a fantastic way to listen to many top high school musicians in our area. Congratulations to all Solo & Ensemble participants and those that received “Best of Day” performance awards.