Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Weekly Instrumental Update

Hello All,

Congratulations to Ben Mitchell, Sarah Buksa, Maddy Muntean, Phil Priorello, Kevin Dinh, Sarah Otmanski, Kyle Perfect, Becky Pendola, Joe Wilkinson, Sam Romo, Dovas Lietuvninkas, and Annie Mitchell who were all selected to participate in the Metro Suburban Band Festival. These students had a day of intensive rehearsing followed by a concert at night. Great Job!

The Jazz Ensemble was featured at Hackneys of Palos Park last Wednesday evening. Molly Chaney, Abby Gomez de la Casa, and Stephanie Wolff all had their first public solos that night. The whole band sounded great and where well received by the audience. Thank you to all who attended.

The Orchestra and Chamber Music Concert will be tonight at 7:00 PM in the Little Theater. The orchestra has prepared a concert featuring music from female composers, and there are several great ensembles set to perform, you won’t want to miss this!

Permission slips for Solo and Ensemble contest have been distributed. We do not have times just yet, but as soon as we know, we will pass on this information.

The next Tri-M Meeting will be on March 9th.

Cassidy Fritsch and Tre Edwards just acquired new professional level instruments. Congratulations to you both!

Please remember to keep us updated with all that is happening in your lives.


Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan
baumj@rbhs208.org and Mcolgank@rbhs208.org

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Guest Hip Hop Teacher

After returning from a dance engagement in Switzerland, professional dancer and choreographer, Donnette Cannonie taught a hip-hop dance class to RB's Dance Technique I students. The students adored Ms. Cannonie's dance class so much that they are still "poppin' and lockin'" to Ms. Cannonie's choreography .

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Legend That Is "Guys and Dolls"

The more I rehearse "Guys and Dolls," the more my fascination grows for this phenomenally famous play. During my research this weekend, I found some very interesting tidbits:
  • "Guys and Dolls" the musical is inspired by two short stories by the writer Damon Runyon. Runyon had a penchant for writing about the underbelly of New York society in the mid-twentieth century. He wrote of gangsters, drinkers, card sharks, and Broadway performers. Runyon himself quit the bottle upon moving to New York City. He almost always wrote in the present tense, and his characters never used contractions and had outlandish nicknames. The musical of "Guys and Dolls" stays true to Runyon's quirky style with characters who say things like "can not" instead of "can't" and have names like Harry the Horse and Brandy Bottle Bates. I feel obliged to bring out the seedy side of 1950's New York in our production "Guys and Dolls." Runyon would want me to!
  • Many famous film actors and actresses have played the lead roles in "Guys and Dolls." Not to mention all of the acclaimed stage actors. Below are a few that you may have heard of:
Nathan Detroit: Frank Sinatra, Nathan Lane, Oliver Platt, Bob Hoskins
Sky Masterson: Marlon Brando, Peter Gallagher, Ewan McGregor
Sister Sarah Brown: Jessica Biel
Miss Adelaide: Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)

Our production opens Friday March 12, and closes Sunday March 14. Times and ticket prices to come. We will see you there. (Not "we'll see you there.")

Ms. Briskman

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Triton Art Competition Closing Reception

Triton College will host a closing reception for the annual High School Art Competition on Weds. Feb. 10 from 6 – 9 pm. The event takes place in the art gallery on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building. Family, friends and artists are invited to attend the awards ceremony & enjoy the exhibit & excellent treats! Over 200 artworks created by students from RBHS, Elmwood Park, Trinity, Lyons, Proviso, & more will be on display.

RBHS & the Fine Arts Department is proud of the following award winning students…

Ceramics: Sami Romano & Kayla Thompson
Drawing: Natalee Garza, T Stastny & Amanda Stamm
Sculpture: Salem Baer, Steven Krejcik, Tim Hannigan, Shaquita Slater & Jeana Doran
Digital: Brooke Tennert, Tom Cichon & Zoe Steinberg
Photography: Jessica Carlson, Nick Racan, Sofia Soluri, Amber Powers, Maraya Sandoval, Kelly Glavin, Alyssa Carabez, & Kelly Perfect
Printmaking: Cinzia Mundra

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekly Instrumental Update

Dear Instrumental Music Community,

The Winter Concert which was originally on February 11th has been postponed until March
25th. Please mark your calendars!

The Musical is well underway and the Pit Orchestra has finally received their music. The
first rehearsal for Pit Orchestra will be Tuesday after school, but usually the Pit
rehearses on Sunday afternoons.

Congratulations to Natalie Benoy who received a full tuition scholarship to the University
of Pittsburg. Natalie is not sure if she will be attending this school or not, but it is a
great accomplishment none the less.

Registration is well underway, if you have any questions or need help fitting one of the
ensembles in your schedule please contact Mr. Baum for help. Don’t forget to have us
sign your P.E. waivers!

As always, please keep us informed of any news in your life. Also, if you have any photos
of the band that you would like to share, we would like to update our showcases.

Have a great week!

Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

baumj@rbhs208.org Mcolgank@rbhs208.org

Sunday, February 7, 2010

2010 Scholastics Art Award Show

Congratulations to Kerry Gawne, Kelly Perfect and Kayla Thompson for receiving Gold Key Awards. Their art work is now on display at the Regional Awards Art Show, Downers Grove North High School, 4463 Main Street in Downers Grove.
Opening is Feb 7, 1-4pm. Show closes Thursday night 2-11-2010, 8pm.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

All State 2010

The journey to the IMEA All State Music Festival began last September when students began learning their audition music. Last weekend, three of our choir students made the trip to Peoria, Illinois to participate in the 2010 All State Festival. Nathan Smith sang in the All State Honors Choir under the direction of Jon Hurty of Augustana College. Stephanie Duve and Chris Halline sang in the All State Choir under the direction of Robert Sinclair of VanderCook College of Illinois. Our students returned to school excited about new music and new musical experiences. "You know you're at All-State when..."

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Shenanigan's Members

Congratulations to the newest Shenanigan's members: Samantha Friend and George Suchy! Our next Shenanigan's show is scheduled for some time in May. Improv Club will begin again mid-March, directly after the Musical is over. And another round of Shenanigan's auditions are scheduled for the end of the school year.

Weekly Instrumental Update

Dear Instrumental Music Community,

All State was a blast! The teachers came back reinvigorated with new teaching strategies and rehearsal strategies. The students involved had a terrific time as well. They had two solid days of rehearsals followed by two amazing concerts!

The Jazz Band did a great job at Hackneys last Wednesday! Be sure to catch the Jazz Ensemble on February 17th at the same venue at 7:30 PM.

Very Important: The Winter Band Concert will NOT be held on February 11th due to construction. As soon as a new date has been selected we will update our calendars.

If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, please reserve Sunday March 21st for the Dedication Ceremony of the new school. This event will begin at 3:00 PM

Solo and Ensemble contest is approaching fast. All students should be practicing their music for this event.

Tom Kociela, our low brass instructor, was hired by the CSO to play the Rite of Spring and other works for the last two weeks. They went on tour to Michigan and New York. While in New York Tom had the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall! Tom is just one of many terrific teachers at RB. For more information about how to enroll your students into private lessons, please contact Mr. Baum.

As always please keep us informed of anything new and exciting in your life!


Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Baumj@rbhs208.org mcolgank@rbhs208.org