Happy New Year!

Posted by Kristina Wooden on 1/10/2020

Welcome back!


Quinlan and Fabish will be providing stepped-up brass and woodwind instruments for students to try in our cafeteria on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  This time-frame should allow 8th graders who want to attend the D155 8th grade night to attend both events.  As students progress in their performing skills, they begin to outgrow their beginning level instruments. Beginning instruments are built to survive the bumps and bruises that are inevitable in fifth grade.  More advanced instruments use higher quality materials and are designed to accommodate the increased air capacity of older students. This is a very low-pressure event. Q&F staff will be on hand to answer any business questions while Mr. LoPresto and Mrs. Wooden will be there to answer any music related questions and offer opinions if asked.  Whether you’re in the very early stages of thinking about an upgrade or are ready to make that move, it’s a great opportunity to try things out. It’s free to attend and can be a lot of fun for students to explore; please consider stopping by at any time between 6:00-8:00 pm. Students should BRING THEIR CURRENT INSTRUMENT so they can do some comparing.


Tri-M 7th and 8th Graders who have completed and turned in their minimum 5 service hours were given an invitation to our Membership Presentation Ceremony on January 22nd. This invitation is for members AND their family and friends.  Please join us for this ceremony. This event is a very special evening and we ask that all members and attendees dress up for the evening. Our evening will BEGIN at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria and should last no more than 30 minutes. Please have students here by 6:30 pm.


We are excited to announce that the Bernotas Band Department is embarking upon a Service Learning project this month!  Our bands are learning about and raising money for the Crystal Lake Kingpins organization. If you are unfamiliar with Kingpins, they are a program run through a partnership between the Crystal Lake Strikers and the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA).  You can read more about this wonderful drumline for special needs students at their website: https://www.clstrikers.com/kingpins, and even see videos of these young musicians in action on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KINGPINSDRUMS/.  We are asking each of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students to collect pledges from friends and family toward their home practice goals for the two-week period from January 10-24.  Patrons may choose to pledge a specified amount per hour of practice time (over the course of two weeks, that is) or may choose to pledge a flat donation. On Monday, January 27th, students should please return their pledge forms and donations IN AN ENVELOPE OR BAGGIE to their directors and we’ll deposit them to make our donation to the Kingpins.  Thank you in advance for your support of this charitable cause!


We have a lot going on in our Technique Classes right now so, as always, it is vital that students are attending.  Most of our students are doing a great job with this...keep it up!! All band students are still working on their Units of Study and as of today should have completed their Term 3 Unit of Study.  Additionally, all band students are working on their Chromatic Scale project which will culminate with a quiz that should be passed by January 24th.  

7th and 8th grade band students are also working on Seating Tests.  Some of their seating test is done at home with SmartMusic, while some will be done at their Technique Class the week of January 20th.  Preparing this material is a great way for students to fulfil their Practice-A-Thon hours!


Have a great weekend, and be safe with the impending weather!