Jamrah Supports Music Boosters AND You Don’t Have to Cook!

jamrah-flyer-dec-2016Sycamore Music Boosters invites the community to Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine in Sycamore for a no-cook dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, December 13 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Stop in and enjoy delicious Middle Eastern cuisine including shawarma, kabobs, falafels, soups, salads and more while supporting Sycamore Music Boosters! A percentage of sales during this time will go to the Sycamore Music Boosters. 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.


Forty high school and forty-eight middle school students from the Sycamore Community School District #427 were recently selected to participate in the 2016 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. The All-District Jazz Festival was held on November 12 at Rochelle Township High School.  The All-District Band, Orchestra, and Choir Festivals were held on Saturday, November 19 at DeKalb High School.

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


Soprano – Kaitlin Jacobson, Emily Keiner, Alice Mesjak; Alto – Kelsie Kruskol, Anna McComb; Tenor – John Lerohl, Trevor McDonald.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (Freshmen participating in Junior Festival):

Soprano – Clara Biletzky, Tessa Harbecke; Alto – Caitlin Horton, Corinn Schusteff; Baritone – Jacob Jovanovich.


Violin – Ellie Bowers, Ben Briscoe, Kaylie Emmer, Julia Luo, Madeline McCormick; Viola – Kelsey Mulligan, Ryan Piloni; Cello – Kjelden Breidenbach, Grace Frielink; Bass – Eli Briscoe, Brett Brancato, Evan Jacobs.


Oboe – Mary McConnaughay, Matthew Rogers; French Horn – Bret Reser.


Oboe – Tommy Kloosterman; Alto Saxophone – Ryan Loitz, Gracia Watson; Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trumpet – Gabe Frielink, Elliott Marsh; French Horn – Kim Hohlfeld; Trombone – Will Biletzky, Brett Harris; Baritone – Madeline Kessler.


Alto Sax – Gracia Watson; Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trombone – Will Biletzky.

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


Flute – Sarah Brazier; Oboe – Kellie Hohlfeld, Jake Rundle; Clarinet – Chloe Harbecke, Catie Haub, Lorin Kmieciak, Adam Zeller; Trumpet – Tryggve Vilaseca; French Horn – Aidan Dempsey; Trombone – Karl Peterson; Percussion – Nicholas Cyr, John Kloosterman.


Tenor Saxophone – Allison Troy; Trombone – Karl Peterson, Jaxon Lang; Guitar – Jeremy Peterson.


Sopranos – Kaitlyn Bowman, Madelyn Greenwald, Melissa Lerohl, Charlotte Sharp, Vani Subramony, Jill Thomas, Lynsey Villarreal, Kylie Von Schnase; Altos – Hannah Frielink, Megan McConnaughay, Ryan Russo; Baritone – Jeremy Peterson.


Violin – Maxim Breidenbach, Sofi Briscoe, Emma Fredericks, Rebekah Nielsen, McKenna Nonnenmann, Ava Peterson, Emily Prebil, Sarah Siddiqui, Aidan Stanik, Erin Templin, Ritta Wi; Viola – Lily Baker, Jules Breidenbach, Rebeca DasNeves, Lili Walker; Cello – Ethan Bode, Avery DeRuyter, Austin Gerdes, Natalie Hulseberg, Luke Templin.



The Sycamore Music Boosters received a generous grant of $4,000.00 from the Wurlitzer Foundation Fund through the DeKalb County Community Foundation to help support the 2016-17 Sycamore School District Elementary After-School Orchestra and Band Program. Due to the lack of funding from the state of Illinois and the Sycamore School District budget cuts, this after-school program was in jeopardy. Having a weekly, after-school full rehearsal with combined students from all five elementary schools is the foundation of their musical training. Sycamore Music Boosters President Lisa Smith comments, “When we were made aware of these cuts, the Sycamore Music Boosters had to do anything possible to continue this after-school program for the students. We prepared a grant request and are very thankful to the Wurlitzer Foundation and the DeKalb County Community Foundation for teaming with the Music Boosters to help us continue this very important program for our young music students.”

Fourth and fifth grade orchestra students and fifth grade band students meet once a week to rehearse as an entire group.  Currently, there are approximately 230 orchestra and band students in the elementary program. The goal for these beginning musicians is to learn not only the craft of their instrument, but how to play together as an entire group. Sycamore School District Music Department Chair Scott Mertens comments, “We’re very fortunate to be able to offer the full elementary band and orchestra rehearsals for our students.  A key part of the band/orchestra experience is students learning to work together within a larger group.  They learn that their actions affect the ensemble, and they see and hear the benefits of when everyone cooperates for a common goal.  The group band and orchestra rehearsals are also a key for retention, as students meet other students and form friendships with those from other schools.  We are very fortunate that the Wurlitzer Foundation and the Sycamore Music Boosters were able to step in and provide funding to continue this program for the 2016-17 school year.”

The Elementary After-School Music Program is funded in part by a by a Wurlitzer Foundation Fund grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. It is also partially funded by the Sycamore Music Boosters.

The Sycamore Music Department and the Sycamore Music Boosters, a non-profit volunteer organization that supports all students in grades K-12, encourages others to consider making a donation and support the music program.  Future opportunities for additional donors are always welcome! Contributions in any amount may be given by individuals, families, local businesses, and even corporations.  For more information, please contact Scott Mertens, Sycamore Schools Music Department Chair, at Mertens@syc427.org, or Sycamore Music Boosters President Lisa Smith, at LisaSmith1615@comcast.net.  Additional information about the Sycamore Music Boosters may be found at www.sycamoremusicboosters.com.


Sycamore Music Boosters Music Hall of Fame Deadline Extended

The Sycamore Music Boosters has extended the application deadline for their annual “Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame” until November 5, 2016.  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 has been extended to November 5, 20156 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 Chairs, John & Laura Hulseberg, via E-mail at hulseberg@comcast.net.

Annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market

The 44th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, sponsored by the Sycamore Music Boosters, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 29 & 30, 2016. This event will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are over 250 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. Raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000 will also be available to purchase at the Autumn Craft & Treasures Market. Raffle tickets are $20 for 1 ticket or $100 for 6 tickets. This cash raffle is a fundraiser for Make a Difference DKC and Sycamore Music Boosters; for more information on this please visit makeadifferencedkc.com.

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 via E-mail at SMBCraftMarket@aol.com. Additional information can be found at our web site at 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.

Craft & Treasures Market Vendor Space Still Available

The Sycamore Music Boosters are still accepting vendor applications for the annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival on October 29 and 30.  Vendor booth sizes are 10’ x 12’ and cost is $150.00 for both days. Application deadline is September 1st, 2016.  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, Amy Cuthbert, at smbcraftmarket@aol.com.  Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.