History of Chiddix Bands Through Pictures and Announcements

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



  Here are some pics of the 8th graders in a full orchestra rehearsal. More info about next week's concert on the 8th grade page.


**** The following students were selected to perform with the 2017 ILMEA District III Junior High Honor Band. 
  Anisha Amaravadi - Flute
Marisa Schaafsma - Alto Sax
Caleb Shim - Alto Sax
Lily Vale - Alto Sax


Congratulations to the 8th grade Symphonic Band as they received a Division I rating at the IESA State Organization Music Contest. The Chiddix Bands served as one of the hosts for this event. Besides receiving a Division I rating the band was also named "Best of the Day".  I am SO VERY proud of each and everyone of the 8th grade band members. The growth that you have shown over the last four years is nothing short of amazing. It is going to be hard to say good bye to you in a few weeks but I see one success story after another when I look at the members of the ensemble. THANK YOU for four GREAT years that won't soon be forgotten. 

Below is the post on the Chiddix Facebook Page. Mrs. Glatt wanted us to look at how many hits it had!  

The Twin Cities Honor Band will rehearse and perform on Saturday, April 8.  The Bloomington Junior High School Band Department will hosting this year's event.  The concert will begin at 3:00 pm in the BJHS East Gymnasium.                                posted 3 - 24 - 2017

We did it! We hit our goal of 400 tickets!  As of this update we are at 407!!!!!  I am so proud of our students and families for showing such amazing support to the Unit 5 Music Parents. We all say THANK YOU!!!!!! Please show your Chiddix pride on Monday night and wear something to identify you as a Chiddix family.  8th grade families please check your page for a quick message.   posted 11-9-2016

*****Congratulations to the Chiddix 7th Grade Band for receiving a Division I rating at the IESA Organization Music Contest.  The 7th graders were one of only two bands that received Division I ratings from all three of the judges. Very proud of your performance today. This goes to prove what we have said all along about the rewards of hard work!!!  5-2-2016

Unit 5 students that were selected to play in the 2016 Twin Cities Honor Band.
The 2016 Twin Cities Honor Band was conducted by composer Todd Stalter.



2016 Twin Cities Honor Band  (3 - 10 - 16)

FLUTES                                             TRUMPET
Amanda Carlson                                  Megan Miller
Anna Harbert                                                               
Saloni Kumari                                        FRENCH HORNS
Yash Patel                                              Eric Forrest
                                                        Anna Sewell
Trinity Bair                                            PERCUSSION
Kelsey Deroeck                                       Josh DeKeersgieter
Sean Varghese                                         Joseph Dubravec    
                                                                    Connor McClelland 
ALTO SAXES                                                                   
Nathanael Kim                                                                             
Tanvi Shegaonkar                                                                              

****I feel like I really need to do a shout out "THANK YOU" to my students and their parents. We hosted JH Solo and Ensemble Contest for about 800 junior high students. We had 11 performance rooms, 4 warm up rooms, the home room (gym) and the cafeteria. Friday after school approximately 40 student volunteers had rooms set up (pianos, chairs, music stands moved), signs, food line, judges packets, etc moved and set up in approximately 60 minutes. The best part, I never left the band room! Assigned the jobs, assigned a "crew chief" for each job and said go.

Saturday about 55 student volunteers and about 50 parent volunteers worked the event. If you have ever been to one of these contests, it seems like it is hurry up and wait all day long. These volunteers had results posted in 30 minutes or less all day long and the entire school cleaned and locked 25 minutes after the last performance. The two 8th graders that I assigned to run check in were AMAZING! Two different times we had adult volunteers that couldn't work. These two students reassigned jobs to students, doubled up small assignments, etc. to make sure everything was covered. It isn't always about who plays their instrument the best, but what kind of life skills that they learn. THANKS Chiddix 7th and 8th grade band students and parents......you made me VERY proud this weekend!  2-23-2016

***CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COMBINED 7TH/8TH GRADE BAND FOR RECEIVING A SUPERIOR RATING AT THE TRILLS AND THRILLS EVENT ON SATURDAY, MAY 2!!!! Many thanks to all of the chaperons that traveled with us and helped out that day. If you have any other pictures, please email them to me and I will get them posted. Click on an individual picture to enlarge it.  5-4-15

***Members of the Twin Cities Honor Band from all four Unit 5 junior highs.  4-27-15
Twin Cities Honor Band Members from Unit 5 schools.

LISA PRESTON - Asst. for 5th grade 2013 - 2016
                          Asst. for 6th grade 2013 - 2015
Ms. Lisa Preston, Director of Bands at Normal West HS, has been a high school band director for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut where she studied under Gary Green. She is currently the conductor of the Normal West High School Wind Ensemble I, Symphonic Winds, and Concert Winds. She is also the director of the competitive marching band, flute choir, color guard sponsor, and chapter advisor for the Normal West Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ms. Preston served as the Normal West Music Department Chairperson from 1995-2004. Ms. Preston has received the "Teacher of the Year" award from the Normal West High School Future Teachers' Club, and has four times received the Student Council "Teacher Recognition" award. The Normal West High School Bands have received two Mayoral Declarations from the Town of Normal for excellence in both marching and concert bands. Prior to her appointment at Normal West, Ms. Preston taught at Normal Community High School and Danville High School (IL). Ms. Preston has received seven Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association. Her professional affiliations include the National Band Association and the National Association for Music Education.