Updates

Marching Band Camp

Mark your calendar for Marching Band Camp, August 7-12. There is a mandatory meeting and rehearsal the evening of Sunday, August 6. See the calendar for more details on camp.

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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)

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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.

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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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Fundraising for the Jazz Ensemble!

The Champaign Central (IL) High School Jazz Ensemble has been accepted to two prestigious jazz festival competitions this spring and we need your help to get there!  Led by Mr. John Currey, Jazz Ensemble was selected from hundreds of high school jazz bands across the country to participate in these events.

Swing Central Jazz (Savannah GA) “is a three-day workshop and competition with a collective approach to big band jazz instruction.

Essentially Ellington (New York City)  The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world.

To find out more, or to make a donation,  visit our GoFundMe page!

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Booster Meeting – March 2

Join us for the next meeting of the Central Music Boosters on Thursday, March 2, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the band room.

AGENDA

7:30-7:35 Welcome & introductions

7:35-7:50 Fanpalooza (Jamal Maatuka)

7:50-8:10 Treasurer’s report (Donna Butler)
– Disney Trip

8:15-8:30 Business items
– Discount cards (Cindy Brya)
– Trivia Night recap (Janet Roadcap)
– Scholarship update (Cindy Brya)
– Possible fundraisers (Beth McDonald)

8:30-8:40 Choir report (Stephen Larson)

8:40-8:50 Jazz report (Karen Devine, Anke Voss, John Currey)
– Swing Central recap

8:50-9:00 Director’s report (John & Jennifer Currey)

9:00 Adjourn

Review minutes from our last meeting: Jan17booster-meeting-minutes

Posted by Cindy Brya

Summer music camp scholarships

Central Music Boosters provides partial scholarships for qualified students to attend summer music camps. Scholarships are open to any freshman, sophomore, or junior at Central who has participated this past year in one of Central’s music programs and who commits to participating during the 2018-18 school year. Students must apply for the scholarship. Application should include details of the camp they wish to attend, the cost of camp itself (including housing and meals), and an essay explaining how they expect to benefit personally from the camp and how they will in turn benefit Central’s music programs. Applications will be graded according to a number of factors, including performance in class, participation in booster fundraising efforts, and the quality of the written essay. Scholarship awards are expected to be a minimum of $200 and a maximum of 20% of the cost of the camp. Applications are due by February 21.

For more information, download the Summer Music Camp Scholarship application form.

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Upcoming fundraisers

With our big trip to Disney World scheduled for Thanksgiving 2017, students will have a limited number of opportunities to raise funds for the trip. Two upcoming fundraisers are the Fannie May chocolate sale (February) and the discount card sale (March). More details will be available soon. If your student account has limited funds, don’t miss out on these opportunities!
Central Music Boosters Discount Card Offers | Discount Card Fundraiser Guardian Permission Form

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Choir report

In addition to the Madrigal dinner on December 10-11, choir performed on CI Living in December. They also did a “Sounds of the Season” taping which aired on FOX, WICD, and CW.

Posted by Cindy Brya in Choirs