Now is the time to sign up for summer band. Summer band will take place June 3-7, at Kingsley Junior High School. Each grade level will have a 30 minute lesson, 30 minute concert / activity and a 60 minute full band experience. There will a concert for parents at the end of the week.  ALL questions should be sent to Mrs. Meadows (  All forms and money should also be returned to Mrs. Meadows at:

303 Kingsley Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

The sign up forms can be located in the document section of this website. 
Posted 5-17-2019

*****CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for being selected to be a member of the 2019 Twin Cities Junior High Honor Band. The band will perform Saturday, April 6 at Bloomington JH School. 

FLUTES                                 TRUMPETS
Madison Hart                        Gokul Balaji
Natalie Ogdon                       Shelby Hailey
                                             Gabe Jimenez
CLARINETS                            Abby Russo 
Olivia Corson
Margaret Rowley                    TUBA
                                              Zion Russell
Quinn Long                            PERCUSSION 
                                                              Johnnie Blackburn 
STRING BASS                          Jack  DeKeersgieter
Diego Martinez                      Yajath Narra
 Posted 3-7-2019         
  March is
Music in our Schools Month!
*****For over 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM). The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is a place where all children should have access to a high-quality music education. MIOSM is one opportunity for music teachers to come together and bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to learners of all ages.  posted 3-1-2019

***** INFORMATION about next week's concerts can be found on each of the respective grade level's pages.  Looking forward to the performances on Tuesday, March 5 for the 5th and 6th grade bands, on Thursday, March 7 for the Jazz, 7th and 8th grade bands, and finally Friday, March 8 for the Jazz Band at Normal West.         posted 2-27-19

Please check on the 7th or 8th grade pages for specific information. You can find the parent permission form in grade specific documents. The form and money needs to be returned by Friday morning. 
posted 1-22-19

CONGRATULATIONS Quinn Long for being selected to perform as a member of the ILMEA Distrist 3 Honor Band. Way to go Quinn!!! You will be a great representative for Chiddix!!!!
posted 10-10-2018

     The year has been off and running for several weeks now.  Each grade level should find all of their concert / performance dates for the entire year on the calendar (bottom of the page and on the left).  Please cross-check the dates in the lower right "Announcements" section on this home page, against the dates on the calendar (lower left).  The directors are asking you to place these dates on your family calendar NOW!!  We have avoided all other Chiddix events for our performances. If your child joins a team or activity outside of Chiddix (traveling sports team, dance team, independent cheer groups, etc.) we are requesting that you share these dates with the coach or sponsor of these activities that the performances are required for the student. Each grade level will have three (3) evening performances throughout the school year that the students are required / expected to attend. The 7th and 8th graders will also have a 4th required performance listed on their schedule (Saturday, April 27). 7th and 8th graders may read more about this event on their grade specific page. 
     Regardless of the size of the performing group, EVERYONE is an integral part of the ensemble. Missing even one person will affect the performance of the entire ensemble. When you put these dates on your calendar tonight and you notice that you already have a "once in a lifetime" event (e.g. - a family member's wedding)", then let me know now. Something like that we can work through and we can plan for the absence. Letting us know the week before a performance is not appropriate.   
     On the grade specific pages you will find what the students should wear at all of their concerts. The concert attire will be the same for each of their performances this year.
     All grade levels will be using Standards Based Grading this year. We will be using Skyward to record assessments and you will be able to check it as often as you want. As of last week, each grade level has material that will need to be prepared at home. Please take 5 - 10 minutes each weekend and ask your child to play for you. Links to the pieces that they will be playing will be placed on their respective grade level page. Turn on the recording and ask your child to play their part.  If your child tells you they have nothing to work on, then let me know and I will give you a detailed list.
     Instruments MUST go home at the end of each week. Students can take their instrument home as often as they want but it must go home the end of each week. If your child is involved with choir on Friday, then we expect those students to take their instruments home on Thursday night. We have covered all of the things listed above with the students multiple times since the beginning of the year. 
     If you ever have a question about a performance, we are asking that you first communicate with your child. 99% of the time your child has already been given the answers to these questions.  If you should ever have any questions, comments or concerns, PLEASE contact Mr. Swallow, Mrs. Ogdon, or Mr. Bortz. We have an open door policy and encourage parents to visit. The best way to contact any of the directors is through email. In the subject area of your email, list "Chiddix Bands" and the grade level in the subject line. If you and your child have different last names, then please include your child's name in the email (not in the subject line). Try to get into a habit of looking at the website once a week for new material. We always finish a web page entry with the day that it is posted in RED font. Any time new material goes on the web page, you will receive an email from Skyward asking you to please visit the web page.                                                            posted 9-25-2018

****Check your respective grade level page for some announcements concerning our concerts. I will also upload a document that contains all of the concert dates as well as put them in the "announcement" box on the lower right hand side of the page. Try to get into a habit of looking at the page at least once a week. 

The picture / archive page will have pictures and / or announcements that were made that will help tell a little history of the band when new students, parents  and teachers work with the program. 

The most important thing to remember about the website is that if you have ANY questions throughout the year PLEASE ask. Thanks for all of your help and support that you give to the Chiddix Bands!   posted 9-25-18

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Today's fun facts are about Mr. Swallow

This begins Mr. Swallow's 34th year of teaching, 31 in Unit 5 and 24 of those years here at Chiddix. What a great place to call home! Some more trivia facts to think about:
  • This year marks the 51st first day of school that Mr. Swallow has experienced.
  • This year's 7th graders will be the last class Mr. Swallow teachers all four years while they are at Chiddix. 
  • Mr. Swallow began teaching in Unit 5 the year Parkside Elementary and Northpoint opened their doors (fall of 1988)
  • After that first year, the following buildings opened:
    • Towanda demolition, remodel, construction
    • Pepper Ridge
    • Prairieland
    • Additions at Northpoint, Chiddix JH and Parkside JH
    • Normal Community West High School
    • Fox Creek
    • Grove
    • Additions at Sugar Creek
    • Normal Community High School
    • Demolition of the north end of NCHS, and additions to the south end and the renaming of this building to Kingsley JH
    • Benjamin, Cedar Ridge, Evans JH   
    • Complete remodel of Chiddix  
    • Mr. Swallow has taught in each of the 16 current elementary schools; at both Field and Brigham when these two buildings were used to house an elementary school; all four junior highs as well as at both high schools. This includes the old NCHS as well as the new NCHS and the old Towanda Elementary as well as the new building.
Chiddix Junior High School Bands
 300 S. Walnut Street  |  Normal, IL  61761

Upcoming Events


Mon., Nov. 12, 2018        5th & 6th Grade       NCHS**
Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018      7th & 8th Grade       CJHS**
Tues., Dec. 11, 2018       5th Grade                NCHS**
Tues., Dec. 18, 2018         8th Grade                CJHS**
Tues., March 5, 2019        5th & 6th Grade       CJHS**
Thurs., March 7, 2019       7th, 8th, & Jazz       CJHS**
Sat., April 6, 2019      Twin Cities Honor 7/8  BJHS
Sat., April 6, 2019    S & E contest, 7/8    Cornerstone Chr. Acad.
Sat., April 27, 2019    Host/Perform IESA, 7/8  CJHS**
**Thursday, May 9, 2019 Host S&E, Select 5/6**    CJHS (6th required)
Mon., May 13, 2019            7th & 8th Grade     CJHS
**Attendance required at these events for that particular grade level.
Posted 9-25-2018
Updated 9-30-2018
Updated 10-10-2018
Updated 10-19-2018
Updated 11-8-2018