Sycamore Music Boosters Hold Fundraiser at Carmine’s Subs in Sycamore

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Click below for a link to the flyer!

Carmines Subs Flyer – April 2015

The Sycamore Music Boosters invites the community to Carmine’s Subs in Sycamore for a no-cook dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, April 29 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Stop in and enjoy delicious subs, wraps, salads and more while supporting Sycamore Music Boosters! A percentage of sales during this time will go to the Sycamore Music Boosters. Please be sure to show a Carmine’s flyer for proceeds to be applied; flyers have been distributed throughout the community and can be found on our Web site and Facebook page (just show it on your Smartphone when ordering!). The Sycamore Music Boosters support all students in grades K-12 in various music programs offered within the district and comprises of a group of volunteers families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools. For more information and Carmine’s flyer for Sycamore Music Boosters, please visit http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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

NUMEROUS SYCAMORE MUSIC STUDENTS GIVE “BEST OF DAY” PERFORMANCES AT SOLO & ENSEMBLE EVENT

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.

 

Sycamore Music Boosters Induct 2015 Music Hall of Fame Members

 

514-SHS Music Hall of Fame 2015 097The 2015 Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame inductees were recently honored and officially inducted during an afternoon ceremony in the Sycamore High School Auditorium. In its third year, the ongoing Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame awards program each year 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.  This year’s inductees include Paul Marchese, Eric Montzka, and Karl Montzka, each a Legacy Award recipient. Sycamore Music Boosters President, Ken Olson, along with Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Madelyn Anderson, introduced each inductee and presented them with their certificate award and commemorative tile. After brief speeches by each inductee, the audience enjoyed performances with Karl playing piano, Paul strumming his Ukulele, and Eric on drum set. Brothers Karl and Eric performed a duet; Paul sang and played the Ukulele accompanied by Karl, and as a special treat, Eric, Paul and Karl performed as a trio together on the stage.

The 2015 ILMEA All-State Music Students were also recognized and presented a Certificate of Recognition at this ceremony. Sycamore High School had 17 music students representing the community at the prestigious All-State Festival in Peoria this past January. Additionally, the Sycamore High School Symphonic Band had the honor to perform at the ILMEA Music Conference this year. Ken Olson recognized this prestigious accomplishment and presented a commemorative plaque to SHS Band Director Ken Goodman.

514-SHS Music Hall of Fame 2015 068The Music Hall of Fame display case, located across the hall from the Auditorium, was unveiled with all three inductees sharing the honor of removing the drapery and enjoying the updated elegant and beautiful Music Hall of Fame display case. The ceremony concluded with a light reception.

This 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. Nominations for any or all of these categories are now being collected for the next awards of 2016 with thesubmission deadline of October 1, 2015. More information, nomination forms, and instructions may be found at: www.sycamoremusicboosters.com.

Sycamore Music Boosters would like to thank the following people for their hard work and dedication in making the Music Hall of Fame happen: Sycamore High School Principal Tim Carlson, Superintendent Kathy Countryman, Chauncey Carrick, David Olson, Jim Dombek, Sycamore Music Boosters President Ken Olson, Music Hall of Fame Committee Chair Madelyn Anderson, Ken Olson and the Hall of Fame committee, Sycamore Music Boosters Publicist Deb Loitz, Sycamore High School Music Department Chair Scott Mertens and the entire Sycamore High School Music Department staff.

The Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization comprised of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools. Their mission statement is, “Enriching the quality of music education, performanceand awareness in the Sycamore schools and community.” To learn more about the Sycamore Music Boosters please visit the web site already listed and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Sycamore Music Boosters Announce Scholarship Deadlines

Sycamore Music Boosters is pleased to announce scholarship applications are now being accepted for Summer Music Camp support, Senior Music Scholarships, and Continuing College Music Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to help the growth of the individual music student as well to build the Sycamore Music Program.
Any Sycamore School student in grades 6 – 11 enrolled in the band, orchestra, or choir music program is eligible to apply for a scholarship for Summer Camps including residential camps and day camps. Any Sycamore High School graduating senior intending to major in music in college may apply for the Senior Music Scholarship with three being given, one in each of the following areas; choir, band, and orchestra. The Continuing College Music Scholarship is available to one or several Sycamore High School graduates that are currently an undergraduate college junior or senior majoring in music.
Deadlines for various scholarships are as follows: Summer Music Camp Scholarship applications must be submitted to the student’s music teacher by April 2, 2015. Senior Music Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 1, 2015 and Continuing College Music Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 15, 2015 to Scholarship Chairperson Lisa Smith.
All scholarship information and applications are now available at http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com. You may also contact the Scholarship Chairperson, Lisa Smith, via e-mail at lisasmith1615@comcast.net .

SYCAMORE MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND IN PRESTIGIOUS ALL-STATE ILMEA CONFERENCE

511 - SHS All State 2015 015Seventeen Sycamore High School students were selected to participate in the 2015 Illinois Music Education (ILMEA) Conference recently held at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. This is the 6th time Sycamore High School has been represented at the prestigious All-State Conference and Sycamore again has one of the largest contingents in the state of All-State musicians in attendance. Students were selected via a rigorous audition process from the district IMEA festival held earlier this year. Illinois has 9 districts throughout the state, and each district was able to send their top students to be represented at this All-State Conference. Scott Mertens, Sycamore School District Music Department Chair comments, “The all-state music experience is unlike any other musical experience.  Students from the entire state come together, are placed into performing ensembles, and put together a concert of challenging music in less than three days.  It is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school musicians that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The Sycamore High School Symphonic Band has also been invited to perform and be a part of this year’s ILMEA Conference. Last year SHS Band Director, Ken Goodman, submitted an audition recording of the Symphonic Band, which earned them an exciting experience performing on the stage at this year’s conference. Ken Goodman comments, “It is a prestigious honor for us to be invited to perform at ILMEA this year, and a special opportunity and experience for all of the Symphonic Band students.”

All-State musicians were treated to a special rally as they departed for the weekend festival. Fellow students, faculty, and family gathered in the Choir Room for a brief send-off. Sycamore Music Department Chair Scott Mertens comments in a brief speech, “These students were not selected for All-State just because of their talent, but also because of their dedication and choice to spend extra time practicing the audition music. They chose to do something, and do it well.” He also acknowledged the private teachers of these students and their parents and families for their unending support.

Congratulations to the following students from Sycamore High School who have the distinguished honor of being selected for All-State:

All-State Honors Choir: Lauren Brazeau, Falon Findley

All-State Choir:  Collin Koneczny, Thalia Schuesteff, Kara Strohm

All-State Honors Orchestra: Jessica Luo, Kailey Mulligan

All-State Orchestra:  Brett Brancato, Seth Kates, Baylie Petit

All-State Orchestra Winds:  Rachel Hecht, Jordyn Shultz

All-State Honors Band:  Ella Rose Atkins, Emma Olson, Ben Van Wienen, Gracia Watson, Evan Jacobs

During the festival weekend, participants attended numerous rehearsals, attended workshops, panel discussions and master classes, and performed a concert at the Peoria Civic Center.  The opportunity for students and staff to attend this festival was made possible by the Sycamore Music Boosters. Profits from their annual fundraisers are dedicated to support the students and staff of Sycamore music students. Their annual A Note to Remember event is scheduled for Saturday, February 14 at Blumen Gardens from 7:00 – 11:00 pm and will feature the Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble, Jazz In Progress, the Sycamore High School (SHS) Jazz Ensemble, SHS Jazz Choir, and other student ensembles. Tickets are $25.00 and are available to purchase at the Sycamore High School main office or by calling 815.751.8388.

For more information about the Sycamore District music programs, Sycamore Music Boosters, and A Note to Remember, please visit http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com and follow Sycamore Music Boosters on Facebook and Twitter.Symphonic Band 2014-15-Cropped #2