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

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 Sycamore High School 2015 Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Paul Marchese ProKarl Montzka #2Eric Montzka Drums

The ongoing Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame awards program will annually 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.  Sycamore Music Boosters is pleased to announce the 2015 Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame inductees include Paul Marchese, Eric Montzka, and Karl Montzka.

In its third year, the Sycamore Music Boosters will host an official ceremony to induct the 2015 Music Hall of Fame honorees on Saturday, February 14, in the Sycamore High School Auditorium at 2:30 pm.  This brief afternoon program will include a formal introduction of each inductee and may include musical performances and short tribute speeches. The Sycamore High School All-State musicians will also be recognized during this ceremony. The updated 2015 trophy case located across the hall from the auditorium will be unveiled and the program concludes with a light reception. The public is welcome and invited to attend this free ceremony.

Paul Marchese, Legacy Award recipient, is a 1994 Sycamore High School graduate and vocalist. He was a member of the concert choir, jazz choir, madrigals, and performed in musicals throughout high school.  He participated in solo and ensemble contests, was selected for IMEA All-District Choirs and the IMEA All-State Choir, and was awarded a Sycamore Music Booster Senior Music Scholarship. Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Carthage College.  He then earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society.  Since earning his degrees, he has taught at all levels of music education, from kindergarten to college level coursework.  He has been active as a Director of Liturgical Music for different churches throughout his career.  Among his many areas of music involvement, he has developed numerous music programs, created men’s and women’s chorales, and has been an adjudicator for numerous solo and ensemble contests and organizational contests in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Eric Montzka, Legacy Award recipient, graduated Sycamore High School in 1985, and participated in the orchestra playing violin; in the concert band and musicals as percussionist; and in the marching band playing snare drum. His senior year he played drum set in the All-District Jazz Band and was awarded the Arion Award for musical achievement. Throughout high school and college he also played percussion in the DeKalb Municipal Band and tympani in the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Eric received a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University. Then in Chicago, he received the opportunity to work with a number of fantastic musicians including John Scofield, Maynard Ferguson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Karrin Alison, Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Howard Levy and Von Freeman.  From 1998-2010 he was a member of Patricia Barber’s quartet, and toured more than 25 countries over five continents and appeared on five recordings distributed by the Blue Note record label.  Eric also maintained an informal private lesson studio until 2013 and taught at Northbrook High School and Chicago’s Merit School of Music.

Karl Montzka, Legacy Award recipient, a 1988 Sycamore High School graduate, played violin in orchestra, French horn in band and orchestra, and piano in the jazz band all four years at Sycamore High School. He was part of the IMEA District and All-State Jazz Band his senior year. Karl played in the pit orchestras for the Sycamore High School, Stagecoach, and DeKalb High School musicals. He attended Northern Illinois University as a Piano Performance major, and was a member of the NIU Jazz Ensemble. He then began working professionally in Chicago as a freelance pianist/keyboardist and educator. He taught jazz piano at Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul Community Music School, Music Institute of Chicago, and New Trier High School. Karl also taught piano improvisation at the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Additionally, he performed “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was the keyboardist for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and performed with his group, the Karl Montzka Organ Band, at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Iowa City Jazz Festival. Karl also had the honor of playing a USO tour of Afghanistan with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and has played for numerous Broadway shows in Chicago including Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon and Sting’s The Last Ship. Most recently, he was keyboardist/associate conductor for Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale.

These inductees will also be honored and announced at the annual A Note to Remember event on February 14 at Blumen Gardens from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the Sycamore High School main office, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists 3266 Resource Parkway office in DeKalb, Kar Fre Flowers, Riccardi’s, and Shawn’s Deli, via E-mail at Note2Remember@gmail.com or by calling 815.751.8388. For more information, please visit http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble Headline 7th Annual “Note To Remember” Event

On Saturday, February 14, the Sycamore Music Boosters is excited to welcome headliner Mardra and Reggie Thomas Ensemble, Jazz In Progress, Sycamore High School (SHS) Jazz Ensemble, SHS Jazz Choir, and a SHS String Ensemble as they host its 7th annual night of jazz and classical music entitled “A Note to Remember”. This fundraiser will be held at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Additionally, three Sycamore High School alumni will be introduced and honored as our 2015 SHS Music Hall of Fame inductees. An elegant, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres buffet and coffee bar will be included along with a raffle and silent auction of hundreds of gifts and prizes generously donated by local businesses.

Mardra Thomas is a well-known jazz vocalist and known in the Broadway world for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in concert and on the theatre stage. According to her bio, her music career was sparked in the St. Louis area when she performed for the opening of Dizzy Gillespie’s 70th Birthday Concert. Shortly thereafter she found herself trading scat solos with world-class trumpeter Clark Terry while performing with the East St. Louis Lincoln Big Band under the direction of renowned educator and former NIU jazz educator Ronald Carter. Her sultry voice can be heard in radio and TV spots and is released on CD recordings such as “Fade To Blue”(Max Jazz Records), “Standard Times (Victoria Records), as the Flying Jazz Kitten in Sharon Burch’s recently released “Freddie the Frog” music educational book/CD series (Mystic), featured vocalist on Michigan State University’s Professors of Jazz last release “Better Than Alright”, and has a new CD entitled “Matters Of The Heart” scheduled for release spring of 2015. She has shared the stage with diversified greats including: Bill Pierce, Clay Jenkins, Dennis Mackrel, Don Vappie, Ernie Adams, Harold Jones, Jeff Campbell, Kim Richmond, Lou Marini, Randy Brecker, Rodney Whitaker, Victor Goines, and on many occasions with her husband pianist/organist Reggie Thomas in their ensembles, as they will be featured together at A Note to Remember this year.

Pianist Reggie Thomas is currently the Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, Poland, Senegal, and England, and his recordings include work with Clay Jenkins, Kim Richmond, Clark Terry, and Mike Vax, as well as recordings as a leader and with his jazz vocalist wife, Mardra. His bio states Reggie is co-author with Wynton Marsalis and others on the important jazz teachers’ resource Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz (GIA Publications). He is a consultant/clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center, working with the Essentially Ellington Program and the Band Director Academy. He presented “Creating Music Through Improvisation” at the Carnegie Hall Music Educator’s Workshop (NY). He is an active college clinician/adjudicator, has directed All State Jazz Bands, Combos and Jazz Choirs in numerous states, and has served on summer jazz faculties across the country and abroad.

Jazz In Progress formed from the interest of several local musicians wanting to establish a musical group. Rehearsals began in March 2012, under the direction of Dave Lehman with approximately 20 musicians. Jazz In Progress made their public debut on June 30, 2012, as a part of the Celebration Chorale “Salute to the USO” concert.  One year later they were happy to be a part of “Freedom”, with the same group. Jazz In Progress has been privileged to play at several local events and venues including the NIU College of Education Jazz Bistro, the Gavin Wilson Family Variety Show, the grand opening of DeKalb Sycamore Chevy, Heritage Woods, Bethany Healthcare, St. Mary’s Lancer Legacy Ball, Downtown Sycamore’s Tuesdays on the Town, and two shows at the Hopkins Park Dee Palmer Bandshell.  This is their second time performing at A Note to Remember.

The 2015 Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame inductees will also be introduced at this event. Three Sycamore High School Alumni have been chosen as Legacy Award recipients and will be announced soon. A separate induction ceremony including the unveiling of the updated 2015 trophy case is scheduled for February 14 in the Sycamore High School Auditorium at 2:30pm; the public is invited to attend and admission is free to this ceremony.

Sponsors for A Note to Remember currently include Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Prairie View Animal Hospital, Dr. Todd Anderson – Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgeons of Northern Illinois, NB & T, Ideal Industries, KishHealth Systems, American Midwest Bank, Floor to Ceiling, Austin’s Violin Shop, Law Office of Riley N. Oncken, Special Needs Products, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, Carmine’s Subs, InVironments Magazine, LePrint Express, New Values Magazine, and Shaw Media – the Daily Chronicle and the Midweek. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please see our web site to download the sponsor form at http://www.SycamoreMusicBoosters.com.

A limited number of tickets are available for this adult-only event at $25.00 per person which includes musical entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, coffee bar, silent auction and raffle.  A cash bar will also be available. Seating opens at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Sycamore High School main office, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists 3266 Resource Parkway office in DeKalb, Kar Fre Flowers, Riccardi’s, Shawns Coffee Shop, via E-mail at Note2Remember@gmail.com or by calling 815.751.8388. For more information, please visit http://www.SycamoreMusicBoosters.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Sycamore Music Boosters is a group of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore Schools.  This fundraiser will aid in the purchase of instruments, uniforms, and scholarships for Sycamore’s talented musicians.

ReggieandMardraThomas #2Jazz In Progress-Group

NEW BAND TRAILER FOR SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL

The Sycamore High School Band recently received a new equipment trailer made possible by the Sycamore Music Boosters. When the Music Boosters learned of the need for a trailer to haul percussion and other equipment to games, competitions, and events, the Music Boosters were eager to assist with this larger purchase. Sycamore Music Boosters President Ken Olson explains, “The funds raised from the Sycamore Music Boosters “A Note to Remember” fundraiser over the past 6 years have been dedicated toward larger purchases to benefit the music department.  Our first major purchase from these funds was the new grand piano for the high school auditorium and now our second major purchase has been the marching band trailer.  We hope to continue to make “A Note to Remember” a successful fundraising event in order to fill the needs of the music department that are beyond the means of the school district and benefit the greatest number of students involved in music activities.”

Ken Goodman, Sycamore High School Band Director comments, “This new trailer will provide a safer and easier work environment for students and parent chaperones and tremendously improve unloading and loading efficiency.” Goodman also expresses, “Thank you to the Music Boosters for their generous donation of the new music trailer and incredible financial support of the music program.  I am proud of the partnership that we have, and I am truly thankful for the benefits that this partnership has provided to our students.”

Sycamore Band Trailer     Pictured here are many of the Sycamore Music Boosters volunteers and Sycamore School District Music Educators with the new trailer. Thank you to Rondo Truck and Trailer and LarCal Custom Decals in the assistance of purchasing and personalizing the trailer.

The 7th annual “A Note to Remember” classical and jazz gala is on February 14 at Blumen Gardens from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Tickets for this adult-only event are $25.00 per person, and include musical entertainment, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, dessert buffet, coffee bar, raffle and silent auction. A cash bar is also available. A limited number of tickets are available and past years have sold-out. Tickets may be purchased at the Sycamore High School main office, Kar Fre Flowers, Riccardi’s, Shawn’s Coffee Shop, via email at Note2Remember@gmail.com or by calling Clare Dempsey at 815.751.8388. For more information about this event, please visit our Web site listed below.

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. They 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.  For more information about the Sycamore Music Boosters or “A Note to Remember”, please visit: http://www.sycamoremusicboosters.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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
CD’s
iTune Cards
Theatre tickets
Memorabilia
Lotions and Spa items
Musical scores or sheet music
Chocolates and sweet treats
Restaurant or movie gift certificates
Cookbooks
Beverages
(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.