BNC Music Festival

The Big Northern Conference Music Festival is an annual music festival the incorporates band and choir students from The Big Northern Conference in North Central Illinois area. Students from each school come together to form one band and one choir to put on a concert on the night of the festival. A guest conductor for each group is hired to rehearse with the students during the day to prepare for the concert.

Participating School Band and Choir Directors

Byron High School                                            Natalie Hass and Amy Harn
Dixon High School                                         Steve Boll and Denise Ewers
Genoa-Kingston High School                       Tom Rucker and Jon Fromi
Mendota High School                                Chris Dortwegt and Lori Schrock
North Boone High School                                 Johnny Lammersfeld
Oregon High School                                  Andy Eckardt and Katie Sheridan
Rock Falls High School                                             Patrick Anderson
Rockford Christian High School                        Andy Bruhn and TJ Mack
Rockford Lutheran High School              Kyle Cauthorn and Karen Kahler
Stillman Valley High School                      Alexis Lamb and Emily Bender
Winnbago High School                           Shawn Maher and Jason Mondello
Past Concert Band Selections

2018 @ Winnebago High School
        Directed by Kevin Hoffman of Retired Director, Harlem High School
    -Fanfare for the Common Man......................................... arr. Longfield
    -Selections from Moana.......................................................arr. Bocook
    -American Sketches ........................................................... arr. Kopetz
    -Galop to End All Galops.......................................................by Barker

2017 @ Rock Falls Township High School
        Directed by Dr. Alicia Neal of Eastern Illinois University
    -Invercargill......................................... Alex Lithgow, arr. by Andy Glover
    - Into the Arctic.............................................................. Brian Balmages
    -Pictures At An Exhibition ............ Mussogrgsky, Arr. Michael Sweeney
    -Cajun Folk Songs .............................................................Frank Ticheli

2016 @ Mendota Township High School
        Directed by Daniel Farris of Northwestern University
    -Joy Revisited....................................................................Frank Ticheli
    - Yorkshire Ballad............................................................James Barnes
    -Seal Lullaby ................................................................... Eric Whitacre
    -American Riversongs...................................................Pierre LaPlante
    -Military Escort March.....................................................Harold Bennett

2015 @ Genoa-Kingston High School
        Directed by Dr. Charles Menghini of Vandercook College of Music
    -Declaration Overture...................................................Claude T. Smith
    -With Every Winter's Breath................................Randall D. Standridge
    -The King Across The Water.............................................Bruce Fraser
    -The Mad Major..........................................................Kenneth J. Alford
    -Highlights from The Music Man......Meredith Willson, Arr. Alfred Reed

2014 @ Burlington Central High School
        Directed by Glenn Hayes of University of Wisconsin Whitewater
    -Americans We..........................Henry Fillmore Arr. Frederick Fennell
    -Blue and Green Music..............................................Samuel R. Hazo
    -A Little Tango Music..........................................................Adam Gorb
    -Havendance..........................................................David R. Holsinger

2013 @ Marengo Community High School
        Directed by ?
    -Overture for Winds......................................................Charles Carter
    -Salvation is Created......................................................Tschesnokoff
    -Arabian Dances..........................................................Roland Barrett
    -Rough Riders......................................................................Karl King
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