Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter Holiday Concert!

Report time is 6:15 pm for all performers!  Everyone else in band is required to attend and should report to the auditorium by 6:50 pm.

The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will feature two percussion ensembles, madrigal brass, beginning band, and two jazz bands! The concert is free and open to the public!

Concert attire for performers is:
Boys: dress pants, dress shirt, tie optional, black dress shoes
Girls: dress pants or skirt and nice top; skirt must be knee-length or longer with black tights

For this concert only, "festive flair" (holiday ties, scarves, etc) is acceptable as long as your attire meets the above guidelines.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jazz I rehearsal for Wednesday  has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 6th.  Special time: 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm!

Pep Band Performances

Dec. 4 (Tues) -> Jr/Sr Pep Band - report time is 6:00 pm
Dec. 7 (Fri) -> Fr/So Pep Band - report time is 4:30pm
Dec. 7 (Fri) -> Jr/Sr Pep Band - report time is 6:15 pm
Dec. 14 (Fri) -> BB colorguard only - see Ms. Buckbee

You are required to wear your orange band t-shirt for all BB game performances. Most games are completed about 2 hours after report time.

Friday, November 16, 2012

IMEA Music Festival Concert!

Congratulations to Kayla Bachar (band-flute), Erin Matthewson (orchestra-oboe), and Justin Miner (choir-tenor) for their acceptance into the IMEA District I Music Ensembles! 

The festival concert date is November 17th (Saturday) at West Leyden High School in North Lake, Illinois.  The concert begins at 4 pm is open to the public.  All are encouraged to come and support our MCHS music participants!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Amazing Sounds!

Congratulations to everyone for providing a fantastic concert for our audience!  The evening was a great success!  Looking forward to our next concert on December 11th at 7:00 pm featuring Jazz Band I, Jazz Band II, Beginning Band, Madrigal Brass and Percussion Ensembles.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Band Concert

The first annual Fall Band Concert is November 13th in the Performing Arts Center located at Central Campus.  The program will begin at 7 pm with performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and the Wind Ensemble.
Report time is 6:15 pm.

MCHS Band Concert Dress Code:
Concert attire is black and white dress clothes. All school dress code rules apply! The dress code can be found on page 37 of the Student Handbook.

Appropriate attire is as follows:
Black dress pants
Black or white dress shirt
Black socks & dress shoes
Optional: Black or white tie

Black dress pants with nice black or white top
Black skirt with black tights/leggings and nice black or white top
Black dress with black tights/leggings
Black dress shoes (with black socks or tights)

Girls please note
  • Black tights/nylons are required if you are wearing a skirt or dress.
  • Skirts must be just above the knee or longer - NO shorter! A skirt that only reaches your fingertips is still too short for sitting on a stage in a formal concert setting.
  • Dresses and tops may be sleeveless (i.e., only open at the shoulder) – spaghetti strap or strapless tops/dresses are not allowed unless you are wearing a sweater over the dress.

If you are unsure if your outfit is appropriate, please see Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych BEFORE the day of the concert!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

U of I Pics Available

Several group and individual pictures are available through Jolesch Photography.  Please click HERE to take you directly to our Marching Indians pics!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Parade!

Saturday, October 27th!
Report time: 12:45 pm
Busses will leave: 1:15 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.  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 use as much orange/black as possible!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend Events!

Mahomet/Seymour HS Field Show Competition
302 West State Street, Mahomet, Illinois
Saturday, October 20th
MCHS Performance time: 3:15 pm
  • 8:45 am - Rehearsal at MCHS
  • 10:30 am - Eat lunch on your own/load busses
  • 11:30 pm - Leave MCHS
  • 1:30 pm - Arrive at Contest Site 
  • 2:30 pm - Warm-ups
  • 3:15 pm - Marching Indians Field Show Performance!
  • 6:00 pm - Awards Ceremony in stadium
  • 7:00 pm - Leave for MCHS
  • 9:00 pm - Arrive at MCHS (time approximate)
The show at Mahomet/Seymour HS begins at 12:00 pm (noon). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 18 / seniors over 60. Parking will be at a premium, parents and fans are asked to park at the Junior High, Lincoln Trail Elementary, or at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (A block west of the High School).  Signs will be posted.

MPC Percussion Show
Naperville Central HS
Sunday, October 21st
MCHS Drumline Performance time: 3:30 pm

The show starts at 2 pm and concludes with a 5 pm awards ceremony.  The event features the drumlines from Elk Grove, Plainfield East, Bolingbrook, Glenbrook South, Minooka, Romeoville, Lemont, and Naperville Central.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

U of I Results

Another truly memorable experience happened for all members of our band family this past weekend.  After a truly remarkable day of preparation (in spite of weather challenges), our Marching Indians took the field with great confidence and presence to dazzle the audience and impress the judges!   We received the highest score in our 20 year history of participation at the Illini Marching Band Championships!  We earned a solid 4th place in 6A competition. Our colorguard earned a 4th place in the auxillary caption and our drumline continues to dominate with an impressive 1st place caption award!  Looking forward to another great week of rehearsals (including Sr. night on Wednesday) and a fantastic day at Mahomet/Seymour on Oct. 20th.
Go Marching Indians!!

All DIstrict Music Selection Announced!

Congratulations to Kayla Bachar (band-flute), Erin Matthewson (orchestra-oboe), and Justin Miner (choir-tenor) for their acceptance into the IMEA District I Music Ensembles!  They were selected through an audition process that included 2000 of the best musicians from the Chicagoland area.

The festival concert date is November 17th at West Leyden High School in North Lake, Illinois.  The concert begins at 4 pm.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

U of I Information!

University of Illinois Marching Band Championships 
Saturday, October 13th
MCHS Performance time: 6:20 pm
  • 9:30 am - Rehearsal at MCHS
  • 11:45 am - Load Busses
  • 12:15 pm - Leave MCHS (Fast food stop en route)
  • 3:45 pm - Arrive at U of I 
  • 5:00 pm - Warm-ups
  • 6:20 pm - Marching Indians Field Show Performance!
  • 9:00 pm - "Marching Illini" performance
  • 9:30 pm - Awards Ceremony in stadium
  • 10:15 pm - Leave for MCHS
  • 12:30 am - Arrive at MCHS (time approximate)
more info available at:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Results ! Results !

Congratulation on yet another great weekend of band performances!

Geneseo HS Field Competition

  • 2nd place in  Band Class 4A
  • 1st place Colorguard in 4a
  • 1st place Percussion in 4A
  • Grand Champion Percussion Overall Caption!
  • 2nd place Colorguard Overall Caption!
Corn Festival Parade
  • 1st place in Class A (large band class)
  • Grand Champion Best Overall HS BAND Award!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Geneseo - Sept. 29th

 Below is the agenda for tomorrow's competition at Geneseo High School. Students should wear their orange band t-shirts to rehearsal as well as at the competition (under uniform). We will be eating dinner at Geneseo prior to changing into uniform. Students may purchase concessions or pack a meal.

  12:00 pm - Rehearsal at MCHS practice field (attendance required!)
   1:30 pm  - Rehearsal ends (approx) / begin loading busses & trailers
   2:00 pm – Leave MCHS
   4:30 pm – Arrive in Geneseo / Eat at concession stand
   7:36 pm – Post Performance critique by field judge inside the high school (students only)
    8:00 pm – return to stadium for Awards Ceremony in uniform
   9:15 pm – Leave for MCHS           
 11:00 pm – Arrive at MCHS (time approximate) 

  Go Indians!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Upcoming Events!

  • On Sept 29th (Saturday) is our next field show competition at Geneseo HS in Geneseo, IL.  Report time is 12:00 pm for rehearsal.  Later in the day our band will be performing at 7:24 pm. More details for the day's itinerary will be posted within the next couple of days.
  • On Sept. 30th (Sunday) is the Annual Grundy County Corn Festival Parade in Morris, IL.   The parade starts at 2:00 pm and our band is Unit #29.  Report time will be 12:15 pm at the MCHS band room.
  • On Oct. 1st (Monday) is the Annual Band Night Show at the MCHS Athletic Field Stadium.  The show starts at 7:00 pm.  Report time will be 6:00 pm.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Great Day for the MARCHING INDIANS!

Congratulations everyone on a fantastic first competition at Wheaton North HS! Band placed 3rd in our class, percussion 2nd overall, and guard 3rd overall. We're very proud of your hard work and enthusiasm this season!  Go Marching Indians!!   All in attendance at Friday's FB game and at Saturday's competition were extremely impressed!  You have made your community and school very proud!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sign Up Today!

A new text "reminder" system is now in place!  This allows your directors to send you reminders and any last minute information before or during band events. Both parents AND band students should be signed up!

A simple two step process:
1.  send text message to: 786-565-3222
2.  with the message: @q3g

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wheaton North HS Competition is Saturday, Sept 15.
1:00 pm -> Report time for rehearsal at MCHS
3:30 pm -> Load busses
7:00 pm -> MCHS performance!
11:00 pm -> Busses arrive back at MCHS (approx)

additional info available at: http://www.wnband.org/news/Festival.php

Football Game Uniform Information!

Due to threatening weather this evening (Sept 7th), students should arrive at 6:15 pm wearing jeans with orange and black on top (band t-shirt, polo, hoodie, or any Minooka/orange and black clothing is okay). Gym shoes are also fine. HOWEVER, also have with you your Drillmaster shoes and shorts or leggings to wear under your band uniform in case we are able to wear full uniform after all. This gives us the option of wearing full uniform or not depending on what the weather is doing. Please email Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych with any questions!

Seniors, pictures will still be at 4:40 pm and will be in full uniform. (Please arrive before 4:40 pm so you have time to change into your uniform. Actual picture-taking begins at 4:40.)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

1st Football Game info!

Due to anticipated high temperatures on game day, your directors have decided that the band will wear summer band uniforms.  This will include your orange POLO shirt, black pants (not jeans), black shoes, black Drillmaster shoes.

Report time will be 6:15 pm in the band room.  Students will be finished somewhere between 9:40 pm and 10:15 pm. (depending on the length of the varsity game).

Monday, August 13, 2012

Band Practice is cancelled for tonight (8-13-2012) due to the weather.  Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Channahon Parade Info!

ALL BAND STUDENTS - Call time for the Channahon 3 Rivers Parade this Sunday, August 12th is 10:45 am. Meet at the band room to bus to the parade starting point.

Attire for the parade is orange band polos, black pants (NOT skinny jeans), black socks, and black Drillmasters. 

Our band is entry #22 in the parade.

At the conclusion of the parade, parents (only) may sign-out their son/daughter without activities release form or pre-approval.  This is a recent change of policy from last week's parade. Parents may pick up students at the corner of Tryon Street and Jessup Street in Channahon immediately after the band finishes the parade route.

Anybody else wishing to sign-out a student MUST have submitted an activities release form signed by their parent and been pre-approved in advance. All other students will ride the bus back to MCHS.

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

Friday, August 3, 2012

Band camp success!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year's band camp a success, both in Charleston and behind the scenes. We could not have done it without our many supportive parents and school administrators!

We are so proud of the hard work, focus, good behavior, and enthusiasm of our students while down at camp! We accomplished a great deal and are so excited to move forward with our season. It's going to be a great year!

Our season mascot on the last day of camp.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shorewood Parade!

ALL BAND STUDENTS - Call time for the Shorewood Crossroads Parade this Sunday, August 5th is 10:30 am. Meet at the band room to bus to the parade starting point.

Attire for the parade is orange band polos, black pants (NOT skinny jeans), black socks, and black Drillmasters. Students who ordered a polo for this school year may pick them up on Friday night in the band room when we return from camp.

At the conclusion of the parade, all students who submitted an activities release form may be signed out with their parent. All other students will ride the bus back to MCHS.

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

Monday, July 9, 2012

Guard Car wash!

Dirty car?

Give up the rain dance and come to the guard car wash this Saturday, July 14th! Car washing will take place in the parking lot of Ace Hardware on Ridge Road, from 8 am - 2 pm.

Proceeds go towards supplies for this year's field show!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Colorguard Audititons!

Auditions for the 2012 Marching Band Colorguard will include a week of activities starting May 29th and concluding on June 2nd.

Audition Meeting: 
Tues, May 29th at 6 pm

Audition Clinics: 
Wed, May 30th 6-9 pm
Thursday, May 31st 6-9 pm
Friday, June 1st, 6-9 pm

Saturday, June 2nd 9am - 12:00 pm

No experience needed, we will teach you what you need at the clinic!  Please dress in all black rehearsal/workout clothes with jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or tennis shoes and socks. Please no jeans or baggy sweatpants. Hair should be out of your face and off your neck.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Graduation / Memorial Day Parade

Graduation Info!
Call time for graduation is 1:30 pm in the band room on Sunday, May 20th.  Attire is spring dress clothes.  The ceremony starts at 2:00 pm on the MCHS Athletic Stadium and should be completed by 3:20 pm.
Memorial Day Parade Info!
Call time for the Memorial Day Parade is 8:30 am in the band room on Monday, May 28th! (call time for percussion is 8:00 am) We will bus to the parade starting point at Minooka Bible Church. After rehearsing with MJHS band, we will start the parade at 10 am, and then participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Veteran's Park presented by the Minooka American Legion. The band will be dismissed from MCHS at approximately 11:45 am.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The final post on the Branson 2012 blog is up! Check it out for some thank-yous and a few extra pictures. :)

Please stay tuned to the band calendar (at right) for upcoming events... it may feel like the school year is winding down, but we still have a lot going on! To those involved in Fox Valley, the festival is taking place this upcoming Sunday and Monday (the 29th and 30th). All band members have our spring concert on Thursday, May 10th, and all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be performing at MCHS Graduation on Sunday, May 20th. ALL students will also be marching in Minooka's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th. And for anyone participating in marching band for the 2012-2013 school year, our kick-off night is Tuesday, May 29th.

Let's have a great last month of school!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


For everyone not going to Branson, head on over to www.mchsbandtrip2012.blogspot.com to keep up with the band!

For everyone going to Branson... see you at 4:30 am! :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Congratulations to everyone on your great performances at the IHSA Band Contest!

Con/Sym Band - Division I Rating
Wind Ensemble - Division I Rating
Jazz Band - Division I Rating

Saturday, April 7, 2012

IHSA Contest Times (revised as of 4/10)

Below is the schedule for the IHSA Organizational Band Contest at LaSalle-Peru High School on Saturday, April 14th:

Concert/Symphonic Band Students:
8:40 am - Report time
9:00 am - Busses leave MCHS
11:00 am - Concert/Symphonic Band Performance
1:30 pm - Busses leave LaSalle-Peru HS
2:30 pm - Approximate arrival at MCHS

Wind Ensemble/Jazz I Students:
11:10 am - Report time
11:30 am - Busses leave MCHS
1:30 pm - Wind Ensemble Performance
3:00 pm - Jazz Band I Performance
4:00 pm - Busses leave LaSalle-Peru HS
5:00 pm - Approximate arrival at MCHS

Attire is the same as for our concerts:
  • Black dress clothes from the waist down, black or white dress clothes from the waist up.
  • Skirts MUST be at least knee length.
  • Tops may not be spaghetti strap or strapless, unless you are wearing something over it.
  • NO jeans or athletic shoes (even if they are black).

You will have points deducted from your grade for this performance if your attire does not meet expectations! Please see Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych with any questions regarding appropriate attire.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Branson Parent Meeting

There will be a Branson trip parent meeting in the Central Campus auditorium on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm. Students are encouraged to be at this meeting.
Final itineraries will be reviewed, trip rules will be presented, and important parental forms will need to signed.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Assembly on Wednesday (3/21) !

Congrats to our MCHS Rube Goldberg team for their 1st place finish in State Competition and 2nd place finish in NATIONAL Competition!

All junior and senior band members will be playing at the recognition assemblies on Wednesday, March 21st . The jr/sr pep band will be released from 1st hour class at 8:05 and will report to the band room. The band will travel to South campus for the first assembly and then return to Central campus for the second assembly. Please spread the word!
(fr/so band members will attend the south campus assembly with the student body)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fiddler on the Roof!

Production week is here! Good luck to all members of the cast, crew, and pit orchestra with their upcoming performances! Shows date are March 15th, March 16th, and March 17th. Ticket info is available here.

Check out the article in the Morris Daily Herald News!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Assembly Tuesday!

Congrats to our MCHS Arrowettes for their 2nd place finish in State Competition!

All junior and senior band members will be playing at the recognition assemblies on Tuesday, March . The jr/sr pep band will be released from 1st hour class at 8:05 and will report to the band room. The band will travel to South campus for the first assembly and then return to Central campus for the second assembly. Please spread the word!
(fr/so band members will attend the south campus assembly with the student body)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

IHSA Solo/Ensemble Contest Results!

Congratulations on a fantastic day of performances for our participating band and choir members. Our MCHS music students earned 60 first place and 18 second place medals!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jazz Band I at Sr. Citizen Prom!

Reminder - Jazz Band I will report to the band room at 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 4th to prepare for their performance at the Sr. Citizen's Prom at the MCHS Central Campus Cafetorium. Students should dress in nice clothes.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Congrats to our SPC Band Members!

The following students were selected to perform in the SPC Band Festival hosted by MCHS this year. There will be a free concert on February 21st at 7:00 pm in our Performing Arts Center.

Fr/So Band
Rachel Wolz, Sarah Stepanek, Jenna Corso, Julia Barich, Jason Viehman, Erin Mathewson, Kyle McComb, Leah Norris, Joey Perez, Matt Brandt, John Kaufmann, and Valerie Kolb

Jr/Sr Band
Molly Willeford, Haley Reichardt, Anna Strle, Sarah Hoy, Ryan Volke, Kayla Bachar, Ashley Grygienc, Rebecca Bergmann, Charles Tierney, Danielle Dileto, Kevin Dasbach, and Austin Scholp

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Congratulations to Kayla Bachar, who was selected for the Illinois Music Educator's Association All-State Band! The audition that earned Kayla a spot in the IMEA District 1 Band last November also qualified her for this great honor and opportunity.

Beginning on Thursday Kayla will spend two and half days rehearsing with top high school musicians from around the state in Peoria. The event will conclude with an All-State Band, Orchestra, and Choir concert at Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, January 28th.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reminders for this week!

1. Jazz rehearals resume Wednesday (1/18).
2. Wednesday (1/18) is last day to sign up for Solo/Ensemble Contest.
3. Friday (1/20) is the last day to sign up on Pit Orchestra interest list.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Incoming Freshman Night at South Campus!

On January 11th (Wed) there will be a short meeting at 6:00 pm in the teacher's dining area (just off the main cafeteria) for all incoming freshmen considering band for the 2012-2013 school year. Information will be presented about the MCHS band program for next year! Mr. Anderson and Ms. Wych will be available to answer questions after the short presentation.Check Spelling