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Concert Band Listening 
1. Greek Folk Song Suite - Franco Cesarini
    I. O Charalambis
    II. Suo Psiloriti
2. Overture For Winds - Charles Carter

Symphonic Band Listening
1. Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" - Clifton Williams
2. Black Horse Troop - John Philip Sousa edited by Frederick Fennell
3. Rollo Takes A Walk - David Maslanka

Wind Symphony Listening
1. Coat of Arms March United States Air Force Band
2. Rest - Dallas Wind Symphony; from the poem, There Will Be Rest" by Sara Teasdale. 
There Will Be Rest - Original choral version
3. Chorale and Shaker Dance - John Zdechlik

Wind Ensemble Listening
1. Blue Shades - Frank Ticheli
North Texas Wind Symphony
2. Four Scottish Dances
    I. Pesante
    II. Vivace
    III. Allegretto
    IV. Con Brio

UIC Jazz Festival

The UIC Jazz Festival is Thursday, February 22, 2018. Our performances are early and the schedule is below. Permission forms are required. Students should dress up and bring money for lunch (Subway, etc.). Each band will perform and receive comments from professional jazz musicians. We will all attend the faculty and guest artist performance. Also note, Jazz Lab is not meeting for those students not attending the festival.

6:30 am Meet in Band Room (167)
6:45 am Depart for UIC

Jazz Band
8:00 am Warm Up
8:30 am Perform
8:50 am Clinic

Jazz Ensemble
8:50 am Warm Up
9:20 am Perform
9:40 am Clinic

D Major & The Minors Jazz Lab Combo
9:40 am Warm Up
10:10 am Perform
10:30 am Clinic

11:00 am Lunch (Student Cost)
11:45 am UIC Jazz Concert
1:00 pm Depart for HCHS

Pep Band

With the start of second semester it is time for the Pep Band to perform at several home basketball games. All band students are required to perform at two of the games and many honors students have selected to perform at additional games. Wear your band t-shirt, blue jeans, and gym shoes for Pep Band performances, or follow the theme for the night. The dates and times of pep bands are below.

Friday, January 12, York, 6:00 pm call time, 7:30 pm game, Alumni Pep Band
Saturday, January 20, OPRF, 4:30 pm call time, 6:00 pm game
Wednesday, January 24, Notre Dame, 5:30 pm call time, 7:00 pm game
Friday, February 2, LTHS, 6:00 pm call time, 7:30 pm game, Pack the Place
Friday, February 16, DGN, 6:00 pm call time, 7:30 pm game

Winter Band Concert

The band concert on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, will be split into two performances, with time for uniforms and yearbook photos in between. The concerts, call times, and uniforms for each band class are listed below. As always, family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Part 1 - 6:30 pm
Concert Percussion, 5:45 pm call time, band uniform
Concert Band, 5:45 pm call time, band uniform
Wind Symphony, 6:00 pm call time, concert attire

Yearbook Photos - 7:30 pm

Part 2 - 8:00 pm
Wind Ensemble. 7:30 pm call time, concert attire
Symphonic Percussion, 7:15 pm call time, band uniform
Symphonic Band, 7:15 pm call time, band uniform

Jazz Auditions

Current Hinsdale Central jazz students enrolled in Jazz Lab, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble must audition. All audition materials, including instructions, sheet music, and recordings, can be found on the Band & Jazz Audition page of the music department website. Audition times during the week of January 29, will be assigned by the directors and emailed home. Audition scores are part of the third quarter grade and are also used to select the 2018-2019 Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Plainfield Invitational Concert Band Festival

The Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony have officially registered for the Plainfield Invitational Concert Band Festival (PICBF), located at Plainfield Central High School, on March 3, 2017; and, as it is important to the success of the both groups for all students to attend, we are asking students to mark this event on your calendar now. More information will be released as it becomes available. Family is encouraged to attend and cheer on the band as they perform for some of the top professionals in the state.

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Every band student will perform in an ensemble for class at the Solo & Ensemble Festival at Hinsdale Central after school on Tuesday, March 20. In addition, many honors students will be performing a solo that is prepared with the help of your private teacher. Parents are invited to attend performances and listen to the judge's comments. Information about registration will be provided soon.

Additional Third Quarter Events

ILMEA All-State - Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27
Winter Jazz Concert - Thursday, February 8
Winter Band Conecrt - Tuesday, February 13
UIC Jazz Festival - Wednesday, February 14

Summer Mailing Information

Email Communication
All band information will be distributed via email and will be duplicated on the band page of the music department website,  Paper copies will not be mailed home nor be available at school.  Make sure your email service is set to accept messages ending with "" as well as "," and that those messages are not routed to a junk mail folder.  Please email your director with any additional email addresses you would like included in the distribution list.

The Performing Arts Calendar includes all band rehearsals and performances outside the school day.  It is a shared Google calendar that can be synced to any desktop computer or smartphone and viewed in several ways.  Refer to online Google documentation for any sync or display issues.

Music Parents Association
The MPA is a volunteer organization that supports Music Department classes and extracurricular activities.  Membership is open to all parents of band, choral and orchestra students and more information is available on the MPA page of the music department website.

Jazz Classes
Students interested in studying jazz styles and improvisation can still enroll in an early bird jazz class.  Email Mr. Kurinsky,, if you would like to join.

Switching Instruments
Summer is a great time to switch instruments.  Any students interested in switching to an in-demand instrument like oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, baritone, or tuba, should email Mr. Kurinsky at  As an incentive to change instruments and to ensure that students are successful, the Music Parents Association (MPA) will provide ten free private lessons.

IMEC 2014 Percussion Demonstration Clinic

Congratulations to the Concert Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble percussionists on their combined acceptance to perform in a demonstration clinic at the Illinois Music Educators Association’s (IMEA) Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) on Friday, January 24, 2014.

This conference is hosted by IMEA, part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), whose mission is to promote and support music as a vital component in the complete education of every child.

Each March, IMEA accepts applications to perform and present at the next year’s “All-State” Conference. Applicants must submit recordings of two music selections as well as respond to questions about the program, department, school, and surrounding community. A panel of music educators not affiliated with IMEA judge the recordings, which are anonymous and do not contain school identification. Several schools or presenters in each division (band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and general music) are selected to perform as featured ensembles or present clinic sessions at the annual conference. Selected ensembles perform a 30 minute concert or 60 minute demonstration clinic for an audience of music educators.

IMEA does not operate as a competitive organization. Therefore, being selected as a featured ensemble for the IMEA “All-State” Conference is one of the highest honors that a high school ensemble can receive in Illinois. Many music educators consider it “winning the state title” for the year.

Director Matt Kurinsky and Associate Director Matt Goeke are proud of the growth of the Hinsdale Central percussion students and the music program. They feel that this recognition highlights the exceptional musicianship of their students, the overall excellence of the band program, and the great amount of support provided by the administration, school board, and Hinsdale community. The demonstration clinic will be an opportunity to share the successful aspects of our percussion program with music educators from across the state.

Additional Hinsdale Central High School IMEC performances include the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir in 2012.

Student Travel Survey

The Hinsdale Central music staff believes performance travel is an important part of the high school music experience and expects a high level of participation on any given trip.  Therefore, we ask you to take a moment to fill out this survey as a family.  Your answers will assist the staff with future travel plans.  All families with students headed to Hinsdale Central are invited to provide feedback.

When answering the questions, assume the following:

- Music ensembles will travel every two years.
- Overnight trips will be approved by the school board.
- Absences will be excused.
- Trip estimates are using 2014 dollars.
- The 2013-2014 District 86 Calendar will not change.
- Trips are open to all music students.

Please take a moment to fill out the Student Travel Survey by following the link to our Google form.

Drum Line Auditions

All percussionists enrolled in band classes for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as any double reed students playing a secondary percussion instrument in the Red Devil Marching Band, should download and prepare all aspects of the 2017 Drum Line Audition music.  Auditions will be held in class on Monday, May 8, 2017.

2017-2018 Student Leaders

Congratulations to junior drum majors
Elizabeth Bieber & Kelly Tam
who join current drum majors
Parker Frankiewicz & Nick Von Stein
as student conductors of the 2017-2018
Red Devil Marching Band!

Thanks to every student that auditioned for presenting extremely well-prepared auditions and thoughtful essays.  You made the selection process challenging and should be proud of your accomplishments.  All band students should consider applying for additional leadership roles for next year using the form linked to the band website.

Thanks to every student that auditioned for presenting extremely well-prepared auditions and thoughtful essays.  You made the selection process challenging and should be proud of your accomplishments.  All students should consider serving in a position on the Band Staff.

Fourth of July Parade

The music department would like to thank the students and parents who represented the band program at the July 4 parade. 
Thank you for your hard work and great energy.

New York City 2013

Disneyland Performance

Chair Placement Challenges

This year band students may challenge for chair placement within a section.  The rules and process are explained in the Chair Placement Challenge Form.

Early Bird Schedule

The early bird classes meet every-other-day on a two-week rotating schedule, but do not meet on Late Start days.  A brief schedule can still be found on the Home page of the music department website,

Band Photos & Video

If you have photos or videos of band performances or events that you would like to share, please upload them to our Band Photo Gallery Shutterfly site.  The uploaded media is available to anyone wanting to view, download, or purchase prints.