Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Show Material!

As promised, here are links to YouTube videos of the source material for our 2018 field show, "Hymns to the Earth". The visual concept will be a "night-to-day" idea, moving from darkness/black and white to a sunrise in full color. We are very excited to begin working with this show, and will make parts available via Google Drive as soon as we receive them from our arranger.

Mvt. 1 - "Ghost Dances" by Roland Barrett (specifically 2:50-4:50)


Mvt. 2 - "There Will Be Rest" by Frank Ticheli 



Mvt. 3 - "Hymn to the Sun with the Beat of Mother Earth" by Satoshi Tagisawa






Friday, March 23, 2018

Band Director Announcement!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kyle Adelmann as the newest member of our MCHS music staff! Beginning this fall, Mr. Adelmann will be involved with all four curricular bands (primary director of Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band) as well as teaching Percussion I/II and Music Technology & Keyboarding. He will also serve as lead director for the Marching Indians.

Mr. Adelmann has spent the last eight years of his career at LaSalle-Peru High School, where he teaches Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, AP Music Theory, marching band, and jazz band. In his time at LaSalle-Peru, the band program has over doubled in size, and seen great success both in the concert hall (including performances at the Illinois Music Education Conference and at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL) and on the marching band field. Mr. Adelmann earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, followed by a Masters in Music Education and Conducting from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Adelmann brings to Minooka a wealth of experience in the marching arts - he spent five years as a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, has served as Visual Caption Head at Champaign Central High School, Lincoln-Way East High School, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, and Lincoln-Way North High School, has served on the brass staff for the Cavaliers, and has adjudicated marching band contests throughout the state of Illinois.

We are excited to have Mr. Adelmann on board and look forward to all he will bring to the bands and music classes at MCHS!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Midwest Music Festival Schedule

Below is the Wind Symphony/Wind Ensemble schedule for the Midwest Music Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24th.

7:15 am Call time - change into concert attire
8:00 am Depart MCHS
8:45 am Arrive at Lemont High School
9:25 am Wind Symphony Warm-Up
9:55 am Wind Ensemble Warm-Up
10:00 am Wind Symphony Performance
10:30 am Wind Ensemble Performance
10:30 am Wind Symphony pictures
11:00 am Wind Ensemble pictures
11:30 am Depart Lemont High School
12:15 pm Arrive at MCHS


Family, friends, etc are welcome to attend! The contest is at Lemont High School  (800 Porter St., Lemont). Ticket prices are $4 for students and $7 for adults - this admits you to the full day of performances. If you will be signing your student out at the contest, please fill out the Release Form linked to the left (same one used for marching band season).

Both Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble will also be having dress rehearsals on the evening Friday, Feb. 23rd.

Wind Symphony - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wind Ensemble - 7:45 - 9:15 pm

Please contact Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych with any questions!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter Band Concert

The Winter Band Concert is December 7th at 7:00pm.
Featured ensembles include:
  • Beginning Band
  • Madrigal Brass
  • Percussion I/II
  • Jazz Band I
  • Jazz Band II
Report time for ensemble members is 6:15pm.

Music Department Swag!

Order your MCHS Music Department Shirt and/or Hoodie!
Deadline is December 23rd.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Playoff Game / Halloween Parade

* Playoff FB Game *
Friday, October 27th
Report time: 6:00 pm
Game time: 7:00 pm
Attire: Full Uniform
Wear warm "non-bulky" layers under your uniform as the weather is forecast to be very cool!


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* Halloween Parade *
Saturday, October 28th
Report time: 1:00 pm
Busses will leave: 1:20 pm
Parade starts: 2:00 pm

Busses will transport us to the Minooka Elementary School for the start of the parade.  The parade will end at MCHS Central Campus parking lot.  We should be done by 2:40 pm (approx)

Atttire: Black drillmaster shoes, socks, and pants (same as summer outfit) HOWEVER you may wear costumes from the waist up.  Try to wear as much orange/black as possible!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

U of I Schedule!

Performance site: Memorial Stadium
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
October 21st, 2017 - Saturday 


Parent Release Link 
Spectator Information Link
Streaming Information Here

Students should wear orange band t-shirt all day.  Bring money for lunch in Rantoul and for concessions at Memorial Stadium.

Schedule for the day!
   8:15 am  - REQUIRED Rehearsal at MCHS 
   9:15 am - Load busses/ attendance
   9:45 am - Leave MCHS
 11:45 am – Arrive Rantoul (lunch- bring money)
  1:00 pm – Leave Rantoul
  1:30 pm - Arrive / Change into Uniforms / Unload Trailer
  2:30 pm - Check-in to Warm-Up table
  2:45 pm - Warm-up (Lot C)
  3:30 pm - Leave Warm-up area
  3:40 pm - Arrive at South Tunnel of Stadium
  3:45 pm - Marching Indians Performance!
  4:00 pm - Band picture outside stadium
  4:15 pm - Return to buses / change / load trailer / return to stadium 
  5:00 pm - Watch bands / concessions / visit vendors under stadium
  8:45 pm - Romeoville HS Performance 
  9:45 pm  - Marching Illini Perform
10:00 pm - Awards ceremony in stadium
10:45 pm - Load busses/attendance
11:00 pm - Leave U of I
 1:00 am - Arrive at MCHS (time approx)