Monday, April 28, 2014

Reminder: Tuesday, April 29 is Scholarship Dough Delivery Day

Cookie dough and popcorn orders can be picked up in the Downers Grove South Orchestra Room on Tuesday, April 29 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm

A big thank you to everyone who participated in FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors over the summer.* 
We appreciate your help!

*Scholarship award winners and grants will be finalized in May.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Come Enjoy an Evening of Great Music and Support Our German Music Exchange - Wednesday, April 16

This Wednesday evening, April 16th (7 PM), students from the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule (Germany) will present a wonderful concert in our community. These students, who have been hosted in “home stays” with District 99 families, are continuing a rich cultural and musical tradition shared between our community and that of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  Historical highlights of this exchange follow at the end of this message.


When our District 99 music students have traveled to Germany on past tours, they have always been privileged to perform for large and appreciative audiences. There is nothing that can help a student music ensemble feel more welcomed or appreciated than the response of a community to come out and support their efforts.  With this in mind, we are asking our Music Families and other patrons of the arts to please thoughtfully consider attending this concert, and supporting these wonderful student musicians from Germany.




We hope to see you, your family and friends at the Tivoli Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. The concert is FREE and open to the community, so please invite your neighbors as well!

Warm regards,
The DGS Music Faculty and
DGS Friends of Fine Arts

EXCHANGE BACKGROUND HIGHLIGHTS:
The cultural exchange that we enjoy today is the product of almost 30 years of ongoing musical tours between the District 99 schools and the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule. 

1985:   Mr. Bob Jacobs of the Downers Grove Morning Kiwanis Club was contacted by a Kansas City area Kiwanis Club, inquiring about the possibility of finding a high school music program that would host a German student band from Bietigheim-Bissingen.  Mr. Jacobs then contacted Mr. Alan Roselieb, the music teacher at Downers Grove South High School.  Mr. Roselieb coordinated the first visit of the German students to the Downers Grove area.

1993:   District 99 sends first music ensembles to visit Germany and participate in the exchange.  Student participants included the band from Downers Grove South and the District 99 Orchestra.  Tour directors included Mr. Alan Roselieb, Mr. Pat Annelo, and Mr. Craig Roselieb.

1997:   Second District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. Craig Roselieb and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2001:   Third District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Mr. Ronald Hornish, Mr. Craig Roselieb, and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2005:   Fourth District 99 tour to Germany. Student participants included the band from Downers Grove North and the District 99 Orchestra. Tour directors included Mrs. Anne Branch, Mr. William Miller, and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2008:   Fifth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Mr. Craig Roselieb, Mr. Brayer Teague, and Mr. Glenn Williams.

2010:   Sixth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors orchestra made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. William Miller, Mr. Ronald Hornish.

2012:   Seventh District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools.  Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. Craig Roselieb, Mr. Brayer Teague, and Mr. Glenn Williams.

2014:   Upcoming - Eighth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors orchestra made up of students from both North and South High Schools.  Tour directors include Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. Gregory Hensel, and Mr. Craig Roselieb.

District 99 has hosted many different Musikschule tours over the past 30 years, including multiple visits by their concert band, string orchestra, guitar orchestra, recorder ensemble, and accordion band.  Our District 99 Administration and our Downers Grove Village Government have been very supportive of welcoming these guests.