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Elk Grove Village, IL

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December, 2017
Greetings Band Parents!  
December is concert time. All of our band programs will be preparing and performing in concerts this month. Concerts are the culmination of all of the students' hard work. We hope you have the chance to attend. Wishing you a joyful holiday season!
Steven A. Nierman
Music Education Services
(847) 805-1800
Here are some reminders to help prepare for the concerts:
  • Be sure you know the date, time, and location of the dress rehearsal and concert
  • Please be timely for rehearsals and concerts to allow your child maximum time to prepare and set-up
  • Label all personal belongings, instrument, stand, book, music, etc.
  • Please follow the dress code provided in the director's letter so your student can feel their best
  • Plan on staying for the entire concert! Most last only an hour and this is a great opportunity for your student to get a glimpse of what is ahead in their band experience
  • Help audience members best enjoy the concert by following concert etiquette. Click here for concert etiquette ideas
Progress reports are issued three times a year: December, March, and May. Look for the report via the regular mail toward the end of December. Please take the time to review the form with your child. We consider progress reports to be an important method of communication with our band parents. This is one way we help assure your child a quality education. 
The progress report may be very motivational and there are many benefits beyond the written comments. Reviewing it with your child lets them know that you take their participation in band seriously and that you are proud of their efforts. The individual comments allow your child to know that his/her director cares about their quality of participation and performance. It is not meant to harshly criticize or judge. 
Please read the form carefully and if there are any questions, contact your director personally. 
Honors Band is a yearly event hosted by Music Education Services, bringing advanced students together to play challenging music.  Students participate in a full day event with various conductors, sectionals, and a final concert.  The band instrumentation and part placements will be suitable for advanced pieces, comparable to an Illinois Music Educators Association district/all-state band.

This year starts a new process for being selected into the Honors Band.  The top band, Symphonic Band, will be by audition only.  The second band, Concert Band, will be done by director nomination as it has in the past.  Directors will do nominations in January/February for the Concert Band.

All 6-8th grade musicians are eligible and invited to audition for the Symphonic Band.  This will be done by recording the scales and excerpts through the MES Google Classroom.  All videos must be uploaded by January 7, 2018.   Students may audition for more than one instrument (i.e. Clarinet and Bass Clarinet).  If students do not make the Symphonic Band, they are still eligible for nomination into the Concert Band. 
More detailed instructions on auditioning for Symphonic Honors Band can be found HERE.
Honors Band will be on Saturday April 28 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Look for more information from your band director! 
Does your student want to have fun learning music theory? Online music games and additional resources are now available on the website! To access these, click here
Music Education offers great stocking stuffers for band students! We offer supplemental music books, instrument care kits, Rico and Vandoren reeds, tuners, and deluxe padded saxophone neck straps. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, give us a call at 847.805.1800 or e-mail us at We can either have your director give them directly to your child or ship them to your home for a nominal fee.
Detailed information and registration forms will be mailed out in January.

Saturday March 3, 2018:
  • North Chicago & Near North Suburban @ St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago
  • Northwest Suburban @ St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg
Saturday March 10, 2018:
  • North & Far Northwest Suburban @ Frassati Catholic Academy in Wauconda
  • Aurora area, Southwest Suburban & South Side of Chicago @ Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park
  • Rockford Area @ St. Bridget Catholic School in Rockford
The Music Empowers Foundation shares, "A May 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of Americans agree that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. In addition, the poll showed public support for the arts in the following ways: 
  • 86% agree an arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child's attitudes toward school
  • 83% believe that arts education helps teach children to communicate effectively with adults and peers
  • 54% rated the importance of arts education a "ten" on a scale of one to ten"
Click here to read the full article
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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