Four Sycamore Middle School students attended Illinois Summer Youth Music (IYSM) this past week. Mitch Edwards, Sam Crutcher, and Jaxon Lang were in Concert Band; Aidan Dempsey was in Symphonic Band.
Jaxon Lang (pictured here) won an Achievement Award and a full scholarship for next year’s ISYM for hard work despite switching from trombone to tuba in the last few months of the school year. Jaxon played tuba at this camp.
These students, and many others, were able to experience various summer camps due to the Sycamore Music Boosters Summer Camp Scholarship program. Music Boosters work diligently all year long to provide wonderful experiences such as these for our students!
We are excited to announce we are now accepting vendor applications for the annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival on October 28 and 29, 2017. Vendor booth sizes are 10’ x 12’ and cost is $150.00 for both days. Application deadline is September 1st, 2017. There is an additional $30.00 fee for applications received after September 1. Applications received after deadline go into standby.
For more information or to reserve a booth, please contact Vendor Chair, Kristine Ohman, at KristineOhman.email@example.com. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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 click here >>>
The Sycamore Music Boosters recently partnered with Custom Fundraising Solutions and held a unique and very successful Mattress Fundraiser this spring. Lisa Smith, Sycamore Music Boosters President comments, “We decided to try something different with our fundraising efforts, and are pleased with the success of this event! It has been a pleasure working with Chris with Custom Fundraising Solutions. We are thrilled to announce we raised over $5700 to support the music programs for all of the students Kindergarten through 12th grade, and we are very thankful to the wonderful support from our entire community.”
Pictured here (left to right) is Sycamore Music Boosters President Lisa Smith, Chris Sedlak with Custom Fundraising Solutions Chicago, Sycamore Music Boosters Publicist Deb Loitz, and Scott Mertens, Sycamore School District #427 Music Department Chair, with a check presentation from their recent successful fundraiser.
Thank you to everyone that supported this fundraiser!
At our May meeting, we recognized and thanked our Music Boosters Treasurer, Peggy Diemer, for her 6 years of service! She has been one of the hardest working, loyal, and trustworthy parent volunteers for music boosters over the past 6 years. She was extremely involved in all fundraising activities each year including the Craft Fair, A Note To Remember, and all smaller fundraisers such as the Feed My Starving Children” ticket sales, Portillo’s, Culver’s, Jamrah and other food fundraisers, Spirit Wear sales, and more! She was often one of the first to arrive and the last to leave at each event!
Peggy took the Treasurer position from manually balancing the check book and accounts to development of digitizing the accounting, developing more professional reports, and assuring that all tax laws are followed through yearly consultation with an accountant.
In addition to serving as Treasurer, Peggy has been involved as a volunteer as a Band Parent preparing meals and assisting with band events over the past 8 years.
On behalf of Lisa Smith, current Sycamore Music Boosters President; Ken Olson, past-President of the Music Boosters; past and current Music Boosters Officers; Sycamore School District Music Staff; everyone involved in the Music Boosters; and the Sycamore School District Music Programs – we all owe Peggy a great deal of gratitude for her faithful service! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
With great appreciation for her untiring dedication and hard work, Music Boosters President Lisa Smith presented Peggy a Certificate of Appreciation and restaurant gift card (above photo).
Bravo to Peggy Diemer!
We are excited to announce we are hosting our 1st annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale!
Saturday, May 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
At the Sycamore Middle School
Name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest, Restonic and Malouf brand mattress sets are available for up to 50% off showroom prices and come in all sizes. A variety of pillows, adjustable beds, and mattress protectors will also be on sale. Layaway and delivery is also available. All profits go directly to the Sycamore Music Boosters and will help to support all students in grades K-12. Additional sale information can also be found at our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718234565141081/
Or at: http://bit.ly/beds4SMB.
The 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 Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Charles Mingus, and others. This talented jazz band will be performing with the SHS Jazz Choir at the annual Jazz Night on Thursday, May 4 at the Sycamore High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.
Sycamore High School music student Kjelden Breidenbach was selected via audition to represent Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 Chicago Youth in Music Festival held in February at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
Kjelden was honored to perform in the festival for a second time. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra website states, “The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is a celebration of young classical musicians from across greater Chicago. The musicians participated in coachings with CSO and Civic Orchestra professionals as well as preparatory rehearsals with Jay Friedman, Music Director of the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest. The Festival culminated with a public open rehearsal of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti.” Sycamore Music Boosters, Sycamore High School, and Community School District #427 are very pleased to have Kjelden represent the High School and district at this prestigious Music Festival.