School Bands Team Up with Sun City for Festival Concert

About 75 students from Heineman Middle School, Marlowe Middle School, and Huntley High School are teaming up with the 50-person Sun City Concert Band for a public concert on Saturday, March 11 to conclude the first-ever D158 All Band Festival. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Heineman Middle School and is free and open to the public.

The festival, organized by Huntley 158 staff members, is an optional activity open to all Huntley 158 band students in grades 7-12. Prior to the public concert, sectional and festival events for participants will be held on March 9 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) and March 11 (1:00-4:00 p.m.).

At the concert, organizers also will announce winners of summer band camp scholarships sponsored by the Sun City Concert Band. Four scholarships of $650 each will be presented to students to support their attendance at Summer Band camp at the University of Illinois.

The festival was conceived as a way to engage the local community through music while presenting extra opportunities for students to practice and perform with their instruments, learn how music can remain part of their post-secondary lives, and experience how music can positively develop character and career readiness.

“The really cool component to the festival is the interaction between the students and the members of the Sun City Concert Band,” said Pam Jorgensen, who teaches band at Heineman and helped organize the event. “I’ve built in time for some discussions during the sectionals and on the day of the actual event.”

Concert Program

Falcon Fanfare – Brian Balmages
Conducted by Donna Bressler, Sun City Concert Band
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An American Hymntune – Robert Sheldon
Conducted by Brooke Atlas, Marlowe Middle School
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Flight of the Thunderbird – Richard Saucedo
Conducted by Pam Jorgensen, Heineman Middle School
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Imagine – arr. Richard Saucedo
Conducted by Jerry McClellan, Sun City Concert Band
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The Stars and Stripes Forever – arr. Andrew Balent
Conducted by Peyton Kerley, Huntley High School Drum Major
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Questions about the festival and concert can be directed to Jorgensen.

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