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Drumline/Frontline Clinics & Auditions

posted by Bernie Gerstmayr

Our annual drumline and frontline percussion auditions are right around the corner!
HERE is a link to the audition packet.

Our final practice clinic is Wednesday, May 24th from 4:00-6:00pm
Auditions are on Thursday, June 1st at 1:00pm

Color Guard Clinics and Auditions

posted May 22, 2017, 8:40 AM by Bernie Gerstmayr   [ updated ]

Thursday, June 1st
Tuesday, June 6th
Thursday, June 8th
Maine West Auditorium

At the clinics, you will:
- learn about our color guard
- meet our new coach
- work on basics of flags and movement
- learn a basic routine for June 8th auditions

You will simply need to wear comfortable athletic clothes and gym shoes.

More questions?  Email Mr. G at

Combined Algonquin Band Alum at Concert

posted May 16, 2017, 12:44 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr

The Algonquin Band is inviting once again any Algonquin band alum to perform
on one piece on their upcoming final concert on Tuesday, May 23rd.
Click HERE for infomation on rehearsal and concert times.
Click HERE for PDFs of the music for the combined piece.

Email Mrs. Legutki at to confirm

Memorial Day with the Des Plaines Concert Band!

posted May 11, 2017, 2:34 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr

Due to the fact that our calendar year ends prior to Memorial Day,
the band department does not participate in the annual ceremony as we have in the past.  
While we cannot require students to participate, we highly suggest and encourage your child
to perform with the Des Plaines Concert Band through the park district!  

If your family will be in town on Monday, May 29th, we hope that your child
can perform at 11:00am in a sit-down concert band format performance
with the adults of the Des Plaines Concert Band.  

There will be a required rehearsal for this concert on Thursday, May 25th at 7:30pm-9:30pm
at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Lake Opeka.

Please take a look at your calendar and discuss this as a family.  
This is a great way to serve our community - your family can also make an event of it
by having a picnic at the lake afterwards!  

Fill out THIS SURVEY so that we can accurately give instrument numbers
to the conductor of the DP Concert Band.  
I would like this information by Monday, May 15th or ASAP.  
Any questions, please email me at

ILMEA District Band Audition Prep

posted May 9, 2017, 12:37 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr   [ updated May 9, 2017, 12:38 PM ]

Over the summer, the best way to keep you in shape is 
to prep for the October ILMEA District Honors Band auditions!
Click HERE for information about required scales and solos/etudes for
the audition.  See Mr. G for more details! 

Drum Major Auditions!

posted Apr 27, 2017, 2:33 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr   [ updated May 18, 2017, 11:43 AM ]

Remaining Clinics:
    Monday, May 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm (Mock auditions)
    Tuesday, May 23rd, 3:30-5:30pm

Click HERE for the full information handout
Click HERE for practice resources for the audition

2017 Marching Band Camp and Performance Dates!

posted Mar 28, 2017, 4:13 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr   [ updated May 11, 2017, 7:39 AM ]

Click HERE for the May-June mailing that went out to homes recently!

So you can start planning and avoiding conflicts,
here are the required performance dates and camps
for our 2017 marching band season!

June 6th-7th (Tues-Wed) Summer Band Workshops, 6:00-8:00pm
August 3rd-4th (Thurs-Fri) Drumline/Frontline Workshops, 9:00am-3:00pm
August 7-8th (Mon-Tues) Summer Band Workshops, 9:00am-5:30pm
August 9th (Wed) Summer Band Workshops, 9:00-9:00pm 
August 10th (Thurs) Summer Band Workshops, 4:00-7:30pm
August 11th (Fri) Summer Band Workshops, 4:00-7:30pm
August 12th (Sat) Summer Band Workshops, 10:00am-1:00pm 

August 25th (Fri) Home Game vs. Streamwood, 7:00pm
September 8th (Fri) Home Game vs. Buffalo Grove, 7:00pm
September 10th (Sun) Marching Competition, Grayslake, IL
September 16th (Sat) Marching Competition, Tinley Park, IL
September 23rd (Sat) Marching Competition, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
September 28th (THURS) Homecoming Game vs. Maine East, 7:00pm

October 11th (Wed) D62/MW Marching Band Night, 7:00pm, Spec Gym
October 20th (Fri) Final Home Game vs. Deerfield, 7:00pm
October 26th (Thurs) Indoor Showcase Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium

Full Year Band Department Calendar

posted Oct 14, 2016, 12:52 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr   [ updated Oct 15, 2016, 9:15 AM ]

Please click HERE for the full calendar from now until June 2017.

Please enter all dates in bold into your home and work calendars as 
they are required to attend.   Excused absences from a 
required performance/event are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Excused and unexcused absences are both to be made up (see below).

Please note that concerts are considered to be summative performances
of an 8-week long project and will be graded as such.  Absence will not only
hurt the ensemble, but result in a required live individual performance of all
concert material by student for Mr. Gerstmayr to make-up the grade.  
Failure to do so will result in an F for the summative.

Join the free band dept Remind text service

posted Jun 16, 2016, 1:36 PM by Bernie Gerstmayr

Click HERE to sign up for the quickest, best way to
stay informed about all things about all things happening
in the Maine West Band Department.

Totally free!  No one shares each other's cell numbers!

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