Huntley High School, Sun City Combined Band Concert
There was standing room only Thursday night when the Sun City Band and the Huntley High School Bands presented their “4th Annual Festival of Music”. Huntley High School featured their Concert Band, the Wind Symphony, and the Wind Ensemble. The highlight of the evening were two numbers, “A Slavic Farewell” by Agapkin and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin” by Wagner featuring the Sun City Band and the high school Wind Symphony, and Wind Ensemble for a combined total of 120 musicians on stage.
. The concert was free, but donations were taken at the door to help the Huntley High School band program. A total of $1163 was given, with one band parent writing a check for $250! The Sun City Band added an additional $1000 to the evenings proceeds for a grand total of $2163.
The Sun City Band also presented two scholarships at the concert. The Sun City Concert Band Instrumental Music Scholarship, in its second year, is an instrumental music scholarship dedicated to all members of the Sun City Concert Band who have passed away since our band’s inception. The applicants for this scholarship must be in good academic standing, must have demonstrated proficiency on a musical instrument and must desire enhanced musical training from a band/music camp and/or through individualized instruction. The applicants must also desire to continue the study of music upon high school graduation. This year’s recipients were Preet Dhillon and Jenna Gaudio, each receiving a check for $500.
Preet is a sophomore who has played the clarinet for 4 years. She is the youngest player in the Wind Ensemble and is 2nd chair in the clarinet section. Music is her favorite hobby, and she wants to participate in it “her whole life”. Preet has a 4.4 GPA and returns annually to Heinemann Middle School to help out with the middle school band camp.
Jenna has played flute for 5 years and has had private lessons for one year. She has a 3.9 GPA and wants to show responsibility by helping pay for her private lessons. She is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band and Pep Band. She went to IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest and earned a Division II rating. With one year of lessons, she has moved up in this year’s solo ensemble ratings to a Division I rating. Her aspiration is to be a history teacher and continue participating in instrumental music.
The Sun City Band and the Huntley High School Bands would like to thank the audience for all the donations and enthusiasm. We hope to see you all next March at the “5th Annual Festival of Music”
Picture from left to right:
Nancy Morbeck, chairperson of the Sun City Concert Band Instrumental Music Scholarship Committee; Preet Dhillon; Jenna Gaudio, and Donna Bressler, Director of the Sun City Band