Announcements Concert Band Jazz Band Marching Band Pep Band

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!


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.

Announcements Jazz Band

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
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.

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.

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 and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. 

Announcements Jazz Band Marching Band

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,
Mr. Brian Boron, Band Director,


Welcome Mr. Russell!

A Message From Dr. Fagel

Greetings, Glenbrook South Band Students and Parents,
I hope your summer is off to a great start! I am very excited to announce that at last night’s meeting, the Board of Education hired Mr. Markeise Russell as the Instructional Supervisor for Fine Arts and the Co-Director of Bands.
Mr. Russell has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is also completing a second Master of Arts degree at Concordia University in Chicago. Mr. Russell is finishing his fourth year as the Band Director/Lead Music Educator at Nicholas Senn High School. In this time, he grew the band program from 20 students to almost 200 students, at a time when the overall school enrollment was declining. Mr. Russell restored life to the music program at Senn, and in the process, he was named a quarterfinalist in 2018 and 2020 for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award. He worked tirelessly to secure grant funding for the Senn program, winning a $60,000 Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Grant; he formed a partnership between Senn and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Mr. Russell is an accomplished jazz musician and an excellent instructor. In addition to co-teaching band classes with Mr. Boron, Mr. Russell will co-direct the Glenbrook South Jazz Band as an extracurricular activity beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Very few students sign up to take Jazz Band for credit; by making it entirely extracurricular, students and instructors will have far more flexibility with participation, rehearsal times, and spaces. Mr. Russell and Mr. Boron will be in touch with the students who expressed interest in Jazz Band for credit, as well as with all band students to recruit members for Jazz Band. We will continue with the Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble structure, so that all musicians have an opportunity to participate.
The interview committee was impressed by Mr. Russell’s passion for music education, warm and welcoming personality, collaborative spirit, and musical and pedagogical expertise. We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Russell to the Glenbrook South community, and we have every confidence that he will challenge and inspire our students in both band and all of the fine arts.
Mr. Russell officially begins in his role as Instructional Supervisor on August 3, 2020. However, he and Mr. Boron will be in touch before that date regarding the possibility of holding band camp in August. Mr. Russell will also request to meet with the GBSIL Board this summer to begin a partnership on our students’ behalf.
All my best for a safe and healthy summer,
Dr. Fagel