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Available on this webpage (updated  October, 2018)

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Hello Band Parents and Students!  I am looking forward to seeing all the returning students and meeting all the new beginners.


Important information has been handed out during the first couple of weeks of band.  Please look for letters/notes in your child's folder. All the letters are found below, too.


General Information for the Rockford Catholic and Spectrum School Band Program

My name is Mark Nelson and I am the band director at all of the Rockford Catholic schools and Spectrum Progressive School.  This is my fourth year as director for all the schools.  It is an honor and a privilege and I am looking forward to meeting many new people and to working with the students. 

Our groups take the entire school year to develop skills and create music together. 

Band activities will include: 

  • Performing in December and May for the entire school.
  • Being a part of the school programs as the band shares its talents with everyone.
  • Performing mini-concerts for lower grade classes.
  • Joining with all Rockford Catholic schools to perform three concerts at Boylan High School and Sinnissippi Park Band Shell. 
  • Going on a “World Band Tour”- our Advanced bands tour to play concerts at other Rockford Catholic schools.
  • Advanced band performs the National Anthem at a Rockford Ice Hogs game.
  • Exciting social events such as pizza lunch, donut parties and skating parties. 

Here are more details about the program:

  • No experience is necessary as the entire band learns how to read music and the specific techniques to play their instrument. 
  • Students gain confidence, learn group cooperation, and learn how to express themselves through music.
  • The band meets two times per week, both during school hours.  Our teachers are excellent at supporting the band students when having to miss a class for band participation.
  • Instruments can be rented or you may provide your own.  Look in the newspaper or internet for used instruments or a relative may have one not being used.  Included are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (snare/bells)


I look forward to meeting your child and giving him/her the chance to discover the talent that is within them.  Any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. Nelson anytime at (815)979-3087 or email at


Mr. Nelson

Current Events

The entire year of events has been scheduled and it was sent home with the welcome letter.  Look at your child's folder.

Event calendar is posted below.


October 20th- Pancake Breakfast- 8-10 am at Applebee's on Riverside and Alpine.

Proceeds to benefit the Band Fund. Join us for a fun morning.  Helpers/servers needed. See the note below for all details.

Pancake Breakfast Flyer


October 23rd- Halloween Skating Party- 6-8 pm at Skateland.

All band levels and family and friends. See the note below for all details.


Halloween Skating Flyer


October 30th-Advanced Band Halloween Concert

Band report at 6:10- concert at 6:30 pm- at St. Annes Center- next to Holy Family. See the note below for all details.


Halloween Concert Flyer




School Schedules

To view a specific date, there will be a calendar at the link below.once it is posted

St. Bridget Rotation Schedules

Advanced Tuesdays

Intermediates Fridays


Event Calendar

The calendar for this school year has been sent home with your child and here it is for access anytime.


2018-19 Band Event Calendar


Mr. Nelson's Schedule

Mr. Nelson is at each school various times throughout the week.  To see the entire schedule, click below.

2018-2019 Rockford Band Schedule

Contact Info

 Music Education Services
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL

Fax 847-805-1900 

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