Updates

Pops Concert

Our annual Pops Concert will be on Wednesday, October 4. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Decker Theater. The performance order is Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Choir.

Posted by Cindy Brya

EIU Marching Band Competition

The marching band competition at Eastern Illinois University is this Saturday, September 30. Rehearsal at Centennial from 2:40-2:10, then load the buses and depart Champaign at 5:00, arriving in Charleston at 6:00. Students will eat dinner or a snack and watch bands, then get ready and warm up on the field at 7:00. The Marching Maroons perform at 7:45. Awards are at 8:45, then students will load the trailers and buses and depart at 9:15, arriving at Centennial at 10:15. Go Maroons!

Posted by Cindy Brya

Danville Marching Band Competition

The Danville competition is this Saturday (9/23). Students will rehearse at Centennial from 2:25-3:55. Buses depart at 4:40, with students arriving at Danville HS at 5:25. Students will eat dinner and watch bands from 5:30-6:30, then get ready and warm up at 7:00. The Marching Maroons perform at 7:45. Awards will be presented at 8:30, and students will return to Centennial at 9:45. Go Maroons!

Posted by Cindy Brya

Washington marching band competition

The Marching Maroons should report to the Centennial practice field at 1:00 Saturday, September 9, for rehearsal before leaving for the competition at Washington Community HS. Students will depart Champaign at 3:30, arrive in Washington at 5:00, eat dinner and warm up, perform at 8:12, and return to Champaign around 11:30. Students need to bring money for concessions (or a sack dinner), instruments, full uniform, and wear their show shirt and athletic shorts. Hats, sunscreen, and water bottle may be needed for rehearsal. Ticket prices for the Washington competition are $7/adults and $5/seniors, kids, students not in the band.

Posted by Cindy Brya

Sweetcorn Festival

The Marching Maroons will have day camp from 11:50-4:10 Saturday, August 26, followed by a 5:00 performance at the Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana. Students will return to Centennial HS at approximately 6:50.

Posted by Cindy Brya

Marching Band Camp

Band camp is this week, August 7-11. Students will be at the practice field at Centennial from 9:00-5:30 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Students will be at the practice field from 8:00-5:30 Thursday (picture day) and 9:00-3:30 Friday. Students should come dressed ready for pictures at 8:00 Thursday. Lunch break will be from 12:30-2:00 every day. On Friday, students need to change into their show T-shirts after the 3:30 break for the Preview Show; students report at the field at 5:30 for the 6:00 show. We could still use volunteers and snacks: Volunteer Sign Up.
Thanks for your support!

Posted by Cindy Brya

Congratulations to the Central Wind Symphony

On May 5, the Central HS Wind Symphony presented an outstanding program at the University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival. At the conclusion of the evening our ensemble was named the 2017 Honor Band in Class AA. This marks only the second time for the ensemble to win this designation in Champaign Central’s history, with the last time being in 2002. We are very proud of our students and hope you will join us in congratulating them on this very special award. As Honor Band, our Wind Symphony will receive an invitation to present the final performance in our class at the 2018 Superstate Festival next May.

Posted by Cindy Brya

Band & Orchestra Concert

The final band and orchestra concert for the 2016-2017 school year will be held on Wednesday, May 3. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Decker Theater.

The order for the concert will be:
Concert Band (call time 6:30 p.m., stage)
Symphonic Band (call time 6:45 p.m., band room)
Orchestra (call time 7:00 p.m., audience–move to band room after concert band)
Wind Symphony (call time 7:00 p.m., move to band room after symphonic band)

Posted by Cindy Brya

Booster meeting – April 27

The Central Music Boosters will be meeting on Thursday, April 27, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the band room. All band/choir/orchestra parents are welcome, including parents of incoming 9th graders.

Posted by Cindy Brya

Door-to-Door Jazz Fundraiser on April 8, 2017

Communities cheer when a hometown team reaches the Sweet 16. This spring, Champaign-Urbana has reason to celebrate a musical triumph for a hometown band. Champaign Central Jazz Ensemble has been accepted to a prestigious jazz competition, arguably the high school band equivalent of the Sweet 16.

Central Jazz Ensemble, led by John Currey, is one of fifteen bands chosen—from across the nation—to perform in the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, May 11-13, 2017.

The Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival has been described as one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Selected high school bands travel to New York for three days of workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and judged performances. The event culminates with an awards ceremony and concert featuring the top three bands from the festival’s competition, as well as a performance by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Travel and hotel costs will be considerable. On Saturday, April 8, Central Jazz Ensemble members will go door-to-door in Champaign neighborhoods to solicit monetary support for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Band members are prepared to play a selection upon request.

All donations to Central Music Boosters are tax deductible and will help defray the costs of participating in the Essentially Ellington festival. For details about the fundraiser, call Central High School and inquire about the Door-to-Door Jazz Fundraiser at (217) 351-3911.

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