Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Congratulations to our ILMEA Music Students!

Congratulations to these band/choir students!
  • Valerie Kolb (orchestra - trumpet)
  • Kayla McComb (orchestra - horn)
  • Carmella Russell (band - euphonium)
  • Jenna Morgan (band - bass clarinet)
  • Francesca Raddatz (choir - soprano)
  • Rachel Deluga (choir - alto)
  • Christian Jackson (choir - bass)
  • Ben Dow (choir - bass)
  • Nate Garner (choir - bass)
  • Nate Zurawski (choir - tenor)  
They have been accepted into the IMEA District I Music Ensembles!  They were selected through an audition process that included 2400 of the best musicians from the Chicagoland area.

The festival concert date is November 22nd at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Illinois.  The concert begins at 4 pm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Parade!

Saturday, October 25th!
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!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U of I Field Show Info

Performance site: Memorial Stadium
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
October 18th, 2014 - Saturday 

Click here for live streaming all day (starting at 8 am)

Click here details about admission, parking, etc

Schedule for the day!
10:00 am  - Rehearsal at MCHS 
11:45 am - Load busses/ attendance
12:30 pm - Leave MCHS
 2:30 pm – Arrive Rantoul (lunch- bring money)
 3:30 pm – Leave Rantoul
 4:00 pm - Arrive / Change into Uniforms / Unload Trailer
 5:00 pm - Check-in to Warm-Up table
 5:26 pm - Warm-up
 6:06 pm - Arrive at South Tunnel of Stadium
 6:16 pm - Marching Indians Performance!
 6:30 pm - Band picture outside stadium
 6:45 pm - Return to buses / change / load trailer / return to stadium
 7:15 pm - Watch bands / concessions / visit vendors under stadium
9:15 pm  - Marching Illini Perform
9:30 pm - Awards ceremony in stadium
10:15 pm - Load busses/attendance
10:30 pm - Leave U of I
12:45 am - Arrive at MCHS (time approx)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mahomet/Seymour HS Field Show Info

Performance site: Mahomet-Seymour HS , Mahomet, IL
October 11th, 2014 - Saturday

click here for more info!

Schedule for the day!

10:00 am - Rehearsal at MCHS 
12:00 pm - Lunch break (on your own)

1:00 pm - Report time - load busses/ attendance
1:30 pm - Leave MCHS
3:30 pm - Arrive  - eat at concession stand (bring money)
4:30 pm - Change into uniforms
5:15 pm - Field House Warm-up
5:37 pm - Outside Warm-up
6:00 pm - Marching Indians Performance!
6:20 pm - Return to buses / change / load trailer
7:15 pm - Awards ceremony in stadium
7:45 pm - Load busses/attendance
8:15 pm - Leave Mahomet
10:15 pm - Arrive at MCHS (time approximate)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Providence Field Show Competition Info!

Performance site: Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, IL
October 4th, 2014 - Saturday

2:00 pm - Rehearsal at MCHS 
4:00 pm - Dinner break (on your own)

6:15 pm - Report time - change into uniforms/load busses/ attendance
7:00 pm - Leave MCHS
7:30 pm - Arrive at Providence Catholic HS
8:15 pm - Meet Guide and travel to warm-up area
8:30 pm - Warm-up
9:15 pm - Marching Indians Performance!
9:30 pm - Stay on track as a band and watch next band perform
10:00 pm - Awards ceremony in stadium
10:20 pm - Load busses/attendance
10:45 pm - Leave Providence Catholic HS
11:15 pm - Arrive at MCHS (time approximate)

The competition will be streamed LIVE!  It is called the "Providence Catholic Marching Band Invitational", the broadcast is scheduled to start on 10/04 at 4p CDT. The Minooka Community High School Cube is made possible by the support of Standard Bank.  Please show your appreciation by supporting this business that supports MCHS events.

Watch this event on the High School Cube mobile app or at

Band Field Show Competition starts at 4 pm
Tickets are 10.00 for adults/ 7.00 for students and seniors
Contest site address:
     Providence Catholic HS, 1800 West Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, IL

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homecoming / Corn Fest Parade Info

Schedule for Friday, Sept 26:
Parade - Report at 3:40pm wearing orange band t-shirts/jeans. We should be finished by 4:30 pm
Game - Report at 6:15pm to change into full uniforms.

Schedule for Sunday, Sept 28:
Corn Fest Parade - Report at 12:30 pm. We will be changing into full uniforms BEFORE we leave. We should return by 4:15 pm

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rain Does Not DAMPEN our Marching Indians Spirit!

This spirit was exhibited by the band's BEST performance of the show so far this year!

The weather must have thought our Marching Indians were performing a rain dance rather than a trip "Around the World".  Congratulations to everyone with your resiliency on a challenging weather day.

Though the other bands in our class did not perform outside, your band staff is confident that we would have gave those bands a run for their money.

Compared to the other 8 bands that did perform outside, we finished easily in 1st place almost 10 points ahead of the 2nd place band!  In addition, our awesome drumline and color guard scored double digits above all groups the in their caption!

MCHS YOU!  Go Marching Indians!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September 20th - First Field Show Competition!

Performance site: Tucci Stadium at Illinois Wesleyan University
September 20th - Saturday

Students are required to wear their orange band t-shirts for the day.
All students should eat a solid meal BEFORE you arrive.

11:30 am - Report time - Load trailer/Load busses/attendance
12:15 pm – Leave MCHS
  2:15 pm - Arrive at IWU
  3:00 pm - Rehearsal in IWU Tucci Stadium
  4:15 pm – Eat at concession stand/watch other bands
  5:40 pm - Meet at Busses
  5:45 pm - Begin changing into uniforms/get instruments
  6:45 pm - Physical/music warmup
  8:15 pm – Change uniforms at busses and return to stadium
  9:00 pm – Awards Ceremony in stadium
10:00 pm - Leave for MCHS
11:45 pm – Arrive at MCHS (time approximate)

Additional contest site info:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Band Picture Day

Saturday, August 16th
Report at 8:45 am
Conclude at 9:30 am (approx)

Students should wear summer band outfits (polo shirt, black pants, black shoes, black socks) for the picture.  Band students will take a group picture and then have the option of taking an individual shot with the photographer.  Order blanks are available from Mr. Anderson, Ms. Wych, or Mr. White during band class.

The group photo will be used in the athletic program for the fall season.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Channahon Parade

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

The parade starts at 12:00 noon.

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

ONLY students who have submitted the online form before Sunday may be signed out with their parent when the our band concludes the parade. Please be prompt when picking up you student. Busses will leave the loading area (corner of Jessup and Tryon St) 20 minutes after band breaks formation.  All other students will ride the bus back to MCHS. 

Approximate pickup time at MCHS should be around 1:45 pm.
Please contact Mr. Anderson (

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Parent Release - New Procedure

A new procedure is in place at MCHS this year for releasing students to their parents following a band event (competition, parade, etc). You no longer need to fill out a paper form and return it to the office at school! Simply follow the link below to fill out an online form. The other bonus to this process is that it can be completed up to one day prior to an event (rather than 3 days prior with the old system).

This link is also permanently docked to the left of this page, under the picture.

Please follow this new procedure for all "away" band events this season/school year. Thank you for your help!

Parent Release Form

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Uniform Fitting Schedule 
During Sectional Week Mon 21st - Thurs 24th
Please arrange to stay after sectional rehearsal (on the day assigned to your last name) to be fitted for uniforms.  Expect fittings to take 30-60 minutes.
Sectional Week Rehearsal Times:
  • Flutes                           9:00am -10:30am
  • Clarinets                      10:00am -11:30am
  • Sax/Mellophones        11:00am -12:30pm
  • Trumpets                     12:00pm -1:30pm
  • Low Brass                    1:00pm - 2:30pm
MondayJuly 21:
  • Flutes: Last Names A-D
  • Clarinets: Last Names A-D
  • Sax/Mellophones: Last Names A-E
  • Trumpets: Last Names A-F
  • Low Brass: Last Names A-D
Tuesday, July 22:
  • Flutes: Last Names E-H
  • Clarinets: Last Names E-L
  • Sax/Mellophones: Last Names F-K
  • Trumpets: Last Names G-J
  • Low Brass: Last Names E-K
Wednesday, July 23:
  • Flutes: Last Names I-N
  • Clarinets: Last Names M-S
  • Sax/Mellophones: Last Names L-R
  • Trumpets: Last Names K-M
  • Low Brass: Last Names L-R
Thursday, July 24:
  • Flutes: Last Names O-Z
  • Clarinets: Last Names T-Z
  • Sax/Mellophones: Last Names S-Z
  • Trumpets: Last Names N-Z
  • Low Brass: Last Names S-Z 
We are also looking for some more volunteers to help with the uniform fittings. If you could help even a couple hours please contact Ann Jordan via the following email or phone numbers:
815-741-9631 (home)
630-215-5960 (cell)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Band Camp Registration Instructions

Below is a link to the document explaining how to register and pay for band camp. Please remember that the "Early Bird" camp fee is due by May 27th. Payment can be made online (credit card) or at Kickoff Night (cash or student account disbursement) that night. Late payments ($20 increased fee) are due June 6th. Band staff will be present at the band room that evening for cash and student account payments. 

CLICK HERE to download registration instructions. 

Please contact Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych with any questions, otherwise we will see you at Kickoff Night!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

IHSA Band Contest Results!

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

Wind Symphony - Division I Rating
Wind Ensemble - Division I Rating
Jazz Band I  - Division I Rating

All three judges gave each band 1st place ratings!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Special Perfomance!

Come send our Indoor Percusion off tomorrow (Tues) at 8pm, central campus!! The group is amped for Dayton and is eager to share their work with your family and friends before they leave!! Go MIP!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Info for IHSA Band Contest on April 12th!

Below is the schedule for the IHSA Organizational Band Contest at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood on Saturday, April 12th:  (note: only Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz I will be attending contest)

10:30 am - Report time
11:00 am - Busses leave MCHS
12:30 pm - Wind Symphony warm-up
1:00 pm - Wind Symphony Performance time!
2:30 pm - Wind Ensemble warm-up
3:00 pm - Wind Ensemble Performance time!
4:00 pm - Jazz Band warm-up
4:30 pm - Jazz Band Performance time!
5:00 pm - Busses leave Reed-Custer  HS
6:00 pm - Approx. 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.

Parent permission slips will be issued to students in class and will need to be returned to Mr. Anderson
by Wednesday, April 9th.

If you intend on taking home your student after the performance, you must fill out an "Activity Release Form" and return to Mr. Anderson or Ms. Wych by Wednesday, April 9th. This form is available in the band room.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Indoor Percussion Spaghetti Dinner!

Please come out for the Indoor Percussion Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser this Thursday, Feb. 27th from 5-7:30 pm in the MCHS Central Campus Cafetorium. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door (ages 3 and under free).

In addition to a delicious spaghetti meal, silent auctions and raffles will take place for prizes such as an Arlingon Park box seat package and passes for Vertical Endeavors and the Channahon Park District. The evening will also feature a performance by Minooka Indoor Percussion!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pit Orchestra UPDATE

Pit orchestra rehearsal tonight has now been CANCELLED due to extremely road conditions.  All upcoming rehearsals will now be 6:30 to 9:00 pm!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Incoming Freshman Audition Night

The incoming freshman audition night has been rescheduled for February 9th (Sunday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MCHS band room at central campus.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Attn: Pit Orchestra Members

Pit Orchestra members should sign-up for the following text group:
Enter this number: 786-565-3222
Message: @bandpit

Friday, January 24, 2014

All-State Band/Orchestra News!

Congratulations to Erin Mathewson and Valerie Kolb for their fantastic chair placement at the ILMEA ALL-STATE festival!

  • Erin was placed as the 5th best OBOE orchestral player in the state of ILLINOIS with her chair placement in the ILMEA ALL STATE HONORS ORCHESTRA!
  • Valerie was placed as the 3rd best TRUMPET band player in the state of ILLINOIS with her chair placement in the ILMEA ALL STATE HONORS BAND!
The All-State Honors Concert will be held in the Peoria Civic Center at 3:15 pm on Saturday, January 25th.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

School Cancelled for Mon/Tues

  • The  Band Booster Meeting on Monday has been rescheduled for Jan. 13th at 7 pm due to inclement weather.
  • The Pep Band BB game on Tuesday has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Pit Orchestra and IHSA Solo/Ensemble sign-up sheets will be posted on band room door starting on Wed, Jan 8th.  Both of these activities are optional and NOT required.