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All-Parent meeting, June 22, 2021

Please join us for an all parents of band students, all grade levels meeting on June 22nd at 7 PM in the Glenbrook South Auditorium.  This is the first night of summer band rehearsal.  Learn about this year’s band program and how parents can help make it a great year for their students.  It’s been too long since we have been able to gather in person! See you on the 22nd!

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Music Sorting

Tuesday, June 15th
We have a couple of events coming up that are new to the schedule. 

From 12:00pm until 5:00pm, we will continue with part 3 of our music sorting project. If you’re available and would like to spend time with some of your band friends in the band room, please fill out this form. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Also on the 15th, we will be holding a percussion rehearsal from 5:45pm to 9:00pm. All members of the batterie and pit are encouraged to attend.

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Announcing the 2021 Virtual Jazz Fest

Though we cannot host our long-running event in-person at GBS, we are proud to announce the 2021 North Shore Virtual Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday March 6.

This FREE event is open to all Illinois high school and middle school ensembles at no charge — our gift to the wider music community. Here at Glenbrook South, we value the importance of jazz music and its ability to build community and provide a means for artistic expression. We look forward to providing students the experience and profound influence of jazz music.

Event Schedule of March 6, 2021

  • Festival Welcome shared w/ Directors:  8:45AM
  • Individual Clinic for each ensemble :  9AM-12PM
  • Improvisation Workshop for all participants: 12PM-1PM
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Announcements Jazz Band

Postponing Jazz Fest

After 43 years of showcasing Illinois’ finest Junior and Senior High jazz ensembles, state-wide restrictions (and good sense) preclude us from hosting the North Shore Jazz Festival at GBS in January 2021.

We are currently evaluating alternatives and seeking feedback from past participants on a virtual Jazz Fest format to be held in the spring.

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Announcements Concert Band

Dec 22 Winter Concert

This year’s Winter Concert will debut as a YouTube Premiere on Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:00pm. It will feature student performances streamed as virtual concert.

Scroll to the bottom of the Home page to view the show.

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Announcements Marching Band

Oct 27 rescheduled Band-O-Rama & Senior Recognition Night

The rescheduled date has been set. Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm at the football stadium as the GBS Titan Marching Band holds its annual Band-O-Rama performance. Spectators can view the show from the stands while maintaining appropriate distances between families. Click to view the recorded performance.

Parents of Seniors: Band-O-Rama will coincide with Senior Recognition Night, where band members will be recognized for their contributions over the last four years and have a final opportunity to perform with their peers. Parents/guardians of the Senior Class band members should gather in the South end zone of the field at 7:15pm. You’ll join your student as they’re announced and will escort them across the football field to have your portrait taken. You’ll proceed to the stands afterward to view the performance.

Uniforms: gym shoes, jeans, and band polos. Students will also be wearing the band parkas which will be available to students at their rehearsal, starting at 6:00pm. Since the parkas will be returned after the performance, we ask that students do not put anything in the pockets. Students are also allowed to wear hats and gloves.

Spectators: We invite family members to join us in person at the stadium. We kindly ask that everyone attending this event wears a mask. The bleachers will be open for seating. Members of the same household are welcome to sit together, but must maintain at least a six-foot distance between other families.

Livestreaming: To view the live stream of the performance, connect to www.gbsil.org and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. 

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Sep 15 Large Group Rehearsals

Large group rehearsals will begin on September 15th. Rehearsals will continue to take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to attend both days.

Student health and safety remain our top priority. We are able to continue these rehearsals by adhering to the guidelines and procedures described below. We appreciate your cooperation in taking these precautions seriously, and ensuring safe, productive, and positive rehearsals for yourself and your band family. We are looking forward to continued music making and the opportunity to showcase “Rhapsody in Zoom.”

Schedule

6:00 – 7:20p

Tuesdays
  • Woodwinds (Practice Field)
  • Trumpets/Mellophones (Faculty Lot)
  • Colorguard
Thursdays
  • Low Brass (Practice Field)
  • Percussion (Faculty Lot)
  • Colorguard

7:30 – 8:50p

  • Low Brass (Practice Field)
  • Percussion (Faculty Lot)
  • Woodwinds (Practice Field)
  • Trumpets/Mellophones (Faculty Lot)
  • Please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to rehearsal. Students are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary for instrument maintenance (reeds, oil, grease, etc.). To maintain a safe environment, students will not be allowed to share these items, and they will not be available for use from the school.
  • Access to the building will be limited. Please plan on bringing your own water. Students will not be allowed to use indoor water fountains or share water.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.
Procedures
  • All students are required to wear a mask. Percussionists and Color Guard members are required to wear a mask at all times. Wind players must wear a mask when not playing their instruments.
  • Rehearsals will take place outside. Please be prepared with anything you may need such as sunscreen, bug spray, etc..
  • If you have your own music stand, please bring that, as well as a pencil.
  • If indoor entry is necessary, students will enter and exit through Door O (the auditorium door).
  • Every student must check in with Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron before being admitted to rehearsal. In order to maximize rehearsal time, please fill out the online self-certification survey  before arriving on campus. Please have your ID number ready. Your ID number will be entered into a system, and your temperature will be taken. If your temperature is over 100.4, we will ask that your parent/guardian pick you up at that time.
  • Students will be spaced out during rehearsals using parking spaces as a guide. Students will be in two rows. The first row will be at the end of every other line, and the second row will be placed in windows of the first row. Please see the image below

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Aug 9 Band Director Update

Hello, Band Families, and welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We’re excited to offer our students rewarding opportunities through in-person and virtual rehearsals. The band camp schedule has been published. Students are still able to sign up for in-person rehearsals. If you plan on viewing the live stream of the rehearsal, you do not need to sign up for a time slot. Make sure you keep an eye on Google Classroom for recording assignments and google form reflections for each day of band camp.

At the most recent meeting of the GBSIL, the board voted to waive marching band fees for 2020. Although marching band may look differently than it has in the past, we are still excited to provide our students with positive experiences and opportunities for music making.
We have been working diligently to get a plan in place for the start of the school year. Although all school-day classes will be virtual, we will be continuing with in-person and virtual marching band rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Once the schedule is set, a link for sign-ups will be posted.

While our focus has been getting started on the marching band program, we are currently discussing logistics and scheduling for jazz band. As plans are finalized, they will be communicated to all band families. We appreciate your patience and support.

We are excited to announce the title of this year’s marching band show. As you know, we are performing “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Fascinating Rhythm” by George Gershwin. In honor of that, as well as a nod to our in-person/virtual hybrid band rehearsals, we are pleased to present the 2020 Glenbrook South Marching Band Program: “Rhapsody in Zoom!”As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!
Mr. Markeise Russell, Fine Arts Instructional Supervisor/Band Director, mrussell1@glenbrook225.org
Mr. Brian Boron, Band Director, bboron@glenbrook225.org

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Aug 10-14 Band Camp

Monday through Friday, August 10 through 14.

Call Time for Flute/Clarinet group12:45p
Flute/Clarinet Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Flute/Clarinet Group 2 (Faculty Lot)1:00p-1:50p
Transition1:50p-2:00p
Trumpet Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Trumpet Group 2 (Faculty Lot)2:00p-2:50p
Transition2:50p-3:00p
Bass Clarinet/Saxophone (Marching Band Practice Lot) Mellophone (Faculty Lot)3:00p-3:50p
Transition3:50p-4:00p
Low Brass Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Low Brass Group 2 (Faculty Lot)4:00p-4:50p
Transition4:50p-5:00p
Batterie Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Batterie Group 2/Pit Group 2 (Faculty Lot)
Color Guard Group 1 (Student Lot Next to Baseball Field)
5:00p-5:50p
Transition5:50p-6:00p
Pit Group 1 (Marching Band Practice Lot) Drum Majors (Faculty Lot)
Color Guard Group 2 (Student Lot Next to Baseball Field)
6:00p-6:50p
Attendance Procedures
  • All students are required to wear a mask. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be permitted to attend rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals will take place outside. Please be prepared with anything you may need (sunscreen, bug spray, etc.).
  • As access to the building will be limited, please plan on bringing your own water. You will not be allowed to use indoor water fountains or share water.
  • If you have your own music stand, please bring that, as well as a pencil.
  • If indoor entry is necessary, students will enter and exit through Door O (the auditorium door). Students must line in the West Parking Lot, maintaining a 6-foot distance before being checked in. The check-in line will be marked.
  • Every student must check in with Mr. Russell or Mr. Boron before participating in rehearsal. Please have your ID number ready. Your ID number will be entered into a system. If you have answered a short survey (self-certified) prior to arriving on campus, you will be admitted to rehearsal after your temperature has been taken. Complete the online self-certification survey before hand or the teachers will ask several questions prior to admittance. If your temperature is over 100.4, you will need to be picked up, and you cannot attend the rehearsal.
  • Once cleared for rehearsal, you will be directed to a specific rehearsal area and spot in the rehearsal area. Do not remove your mask or assemble your instrument. You will be instructed when you can take your instrument out of the case. You must always wear a mask when not playing your instrument. Percussionists and Color Guard members are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Please be at the school to pick up your student at the designated time. Please do not exit your car while waiting for your student. The following group cannot begin their rehearsal until all students from the previous group have left campus.
Instrument Information
  • Students who need to rent a school-owned instrument should reach out to Mr. Russell and Mr. Boron as soon as possible to request an instrument.
  • Please make sure your instrument is in working order before coming to rehearsal. Students are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary for instrument maintenance (reeds, oil, grease, etc.). Students will not be allowed to share these items, and they will not be available for use from the school.
Weather Contingencies
  • In the event of inclement weather, rehearsals will be paused or canceled.
  • If a rehearsal has started and it begins to rain, students will be moved indoors to either the band room, choir room, or orchestra room.
  • No instruments will be played indoors.
  • Chairs will be set up at safe distances.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available.
  • A determination will be made and communicated as to whether or not rehearsals will continue.
Alternative Virtual Rehearsals
  • If you are not comfortable attending in-person rehearsals, you will not be penalized in any way.
  • Resources from the in-person rehearsals will be available on Google Classroom. Classrooms from the 2019-2020 school year have been reactivated. If you plan on using the virtual rehearsals, please make sure you have access to your Google Classroom. If you do not, please contact Mr. Boron as soon as possible.
  • If you are new to the band program and plan on using the virtual rehearsal, please contact Mr. Boron to get added to the Google Classroom.
  • You will be informed through the live stream and via Google Classroom Assignment what was worked on at the in-person rehearsals. You are expected to submit a video of yourself playing what was worked on (submit one recording- you do not need to submit a full rehearsal).
  • You will receive feedback after your video is submitted.
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July 16/17: Virtual Rehearsals

Rehearsals originally scheduled as small group sessions at GBS this week will instead be conducted via Google Meet. Click to connect:

Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00 -6:30p. Dial in: 417-448-6122‬ PIN: ‪486 660 302‬#

Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 – 6:30p. Dial-in: 323-741-1852‬ PIN: ‪460 668 242‬#

Students can attend one or both days. We will be doing a meet and greet, having a great conversation about band, and previewing our marching music. This is going to be a fun opportunity to reconnect with your band family, as well as to welcome one of our newest members, Mr. Russell.