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Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderfully restful break.  We are about to begin the most important third of our year.  For the next 10 weeks we will be making preparations for Solofest and our Winter concerts.  Prepare to see an amazing transformation in your musician.  Learning a solo for Solofest is one of the most demanding periods of intensive study that we undertake during the year.  Every student is about to enter a period of growth that will propel them through the rest of the year and into the next level of band.

  • Our Beginners have started to realize that, Yes(!), they really can play their instrument and make music.  Learning a solo will introduce them to tons more musical knowledge and build all of their skills.

  • Our Intermediates are growing into their own, adding many refinements to their playing and really beginning to sound like musicians.

  • Our Advanced players have lots of skill and knowledge and are ready to make the leap from making Music to making Art.

This is a very exciting time for all of our musicians.  But, it is also a time of anxiety.  Growth is always challenging as we assess how far we’ve come – and how far we have yet to go on our musical journey.  Please support and encourage your musician.  Give them permission to be excellent!


MES Symphonic Honors Band audition materials due into Google Classroom,

      Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8 PM (this is a hard deadline)

MES Solofest

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 12 Noon – 4:30 PM, at St. Peter’s Lutheran,
202 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

MES Honors Band

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 AM – 4 PM, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church,
149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126

My Schools......

Oak Park/Berwyn/Melrose Park/River Forest schools:

Park Ridge/Rolling Meadows/Mt. Prospect schools: