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Elk Grove Village, IL

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December, 2018
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 helpful reminders to get your young musician ready for upcoming concerts:
  • Know the date, time, & location for dress rehearsal & concert.
  • Be timely, if not early, for rehearsals and concerts.  This gives your child ample time to set-up and mentally prepare for the performance.
  • Label instrument, stand, book, and music as all student have similar items.
  • Follow the dress code suggested by your director so your student can look and feel their best.
  • Stay for the entire concert! This is a great opportunity for your student to get a glimpse as to what's ahead.
  • Help audience members enjoy the concert by following concert etiquette. Click here for concert etiquette ideas.
Progress reports are issued twice a year: December and May. This report will be sent to you via postal mail.  It will look similar to an invoice, so keep an eye out for it at the end of December.  Please look over the form with your child. We consider progress reports to be an essential method of communication with our band parents. This is one way we can ensure your child a quality instrumental education. 
Progress reports can be a motivational tool and there are benefits beyond the written comments. Reviewing it with your child shows him/her that their participation in band is important 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 meant to provide integral feedback for student success. 
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 more 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 continues our video audition process for students to be 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 advanced level musicians are eligible and invited to audition for the Symphonic Band.  This will be done by recording scales and excerpts through the MES Google Classroom.  All videos must be uploaded by December 20th, 2018 by midnight!   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 27th, 2019 at Elmhurst Christian Reform Church.  We look forward to hearing student's auditions soon!
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, etc.. 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 2, 2019:
  • North Chicago & Near North Suburban @ St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago
  • Northwest Suburban @ St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg
Saturday March 9, 2019:
  • 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
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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