Welcome to champaign central music

Supporting young musicians in the Champaign Central High School music program

Congratulations to the Central Winter Guard for Winning the 2024 IDTA State Championship!  

NEW: Check the MAY calendar for 2024-2025 Color Guard and Marching Band rehearsals!  

Program News

2024 Trips for the Central Music Program

Central music students can participate in an OPTIONAL trip in 2024.  All music students, all ensembles, can travel to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH for a non-performance trip on June 3-5, 2024.  See all the details here: ...

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Upcoming Events

2024 Marching Band Rehearsal

May 21 – 5:30-7:30 pm CHS Band Room

2024 Marching Band Family Meeting

July 28 – 6:00 pm Central High School

2024 Marching Band Camp

July 29-Aug 2 – Central HS Practice Field

About Maroons Music

The success of the Champaign Central High School music programs is a result of the dedication and hard work of the students, directors, school and district administrators, parents, teachers, boosters, and community members. Everyone involved realizes the importance of music and music education in the development of young people.

Fee Payment Options

Please provide your student’s name and the item you are paying for (e.g. Marching band participation ($100), Jazz program fee ($50), ILMEA audition fee ($10)).

Option 1: Pay with student credit (if your child has a student credit balance through fundraising activities in previous semesters): Email treasurer.maroonbands@gmail.com.

Option 2: Pay with Cash. Please deposit in a locked box in the band room in a sealed envelope that includes your student’s name and payment item description.

Option 3: Pay with Check. Please make your check payable to “Champaign Central Music Boosters” and mail the check to “610 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820 c/o Central Music”. Please use black ink and remember to sign and date your check.

Option 4: Pay with Zelle. Zelle is a free online payment tool through your bank. See if your bank offers Zelle – https://www.zellepay.com. Our Zelle email is treasurer.maroonbands@gmail.com.

Option 5: Pay with Cheddar up. Cheddar up is an easy online payment tool . Please note that there is a nominal fee to use this credit card service.

Link to Cheddar up for Marching Band Fee
https://champaign-marching-band-fees.cheddarup.com

Link to Cheddar up for Jazz Band Fee
https://central-jazz.cheddarup.com

Central Music Boosters supports young musicians

The music programs at Champaign Central High School — band, marching band, jazz band, choir, and orchestra — strive for the highest level of musical achievement through the dedication and strong work ethic of our students. Music programs offer priceless lessons in self-discipline, determination, leadership, and collaborative work toward shared goals. These traits and work habits carry over in our students long after they leave the concert hall and practice field. Thank you for your support of the music programs at Central!

Encouraging the Fine Arts

The educational philosophy of the program focuses around a strong emphasis on sight-reading, which provides exposure to a great variety of music and a way to achieve musical proficiency and independence. The program also broadens students’ musical perspectives by directing students to an array of music education opportunities: referring students to private instruction and summer camps, encouraging attendance at concerts, making professional recordings available for listening and providing exposure to guest artists to work with students.

Central Music Educators

The music program at Central High School is part of a comprehensive fine arts program. Led by John Currey and Jennifer Currey, with Anne Marie Morisette leading choirs, the program attracts over 300 students participating in a variety of musical experiences. Opportunities include three concert bands, three jazz bands, three jazz combos, pep band, marching band, and beginning band.

Central high school orchestra musicians performing in Decker Theater

Ensembles

Concert Bands

The winds compose as many as three bands, performing popular and symphonic music and competing at ILMEA.

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Choirs

Central choirs perform popular and choral music at a variety of events each year.

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Jazz Ensembles

Central Jazz features the annual Swing Central event, Jazz festival and gigs around town.

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Marching Band

The Pride and Class of Champaign, the Marching Maroons perform at football games and competitions in autumn semester.

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Orchestras

String musicians form two orchestras performing throughout the year.

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Want to Join The Central Music Boosters Club?

We would love to have your guidance and help with the booster club supporting Champaign Central music!  Please email the Booster Club president for more information about the next meeting and how you can get involved.