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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

Graduation, Memorial Day, & Final Exams

The school year is quickly drawing to a close and we have two performances to go. 

Next Thursday, May 24, the band will participate in our graduation ceremony on Dickenson Field. Students should arrive at 5:30 pm, dressed nice and ready to play no matter the weather, because the decision to move the ceremony inside is made as late as possible. The band will set up on the track in front of the press box and play a 30 minute prelude at 6:30 pm. The ceremony starts at 7:00 pm and usually lasts and hour and a half. Students may bring homework for during the ceremony. 

With the district's change in final exam policy the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 28, will be graded as a 4th quarter activity rather than the final exam. Each year the Red Devil Marching Band marches in the American Legion's Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 am, followed by a brief ceremony in front of city hall. Students will take buses to and from the parade route and wear marching uniforms. A light breakfast will be served in the choir room (169) starting at 8:00 am and spirit award winners will be announced. Parent help is needed for breakfast and along the parade route, please fill out the Memorial Day Sign Up Genius form if you can help. 

The change in final exam policy also means that students will have a final exam activity during the regularly scheduled final exam period that seniors can opt not to take. The final exam will include some activities to wrap up the school year that will include reflection and goal setting. Students do not need to prepare for the exam outside of class and early bird classes do not have a final exam.

Good luck with finals and AP exams.

Spring Jazz Fundraiser Concert

Wednesday, April 25, is the Spring Jazz Fundraiser Concert in Kettering Hall at the Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. Eighth Street. The bands are ready for great performances and we will also welcome tenor saxophonist, Mark Colby, to the stage to perform with several groups.

Drumline Auditions

Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: HCHS Band Room

In order to assign marching percussion instruments, we will have a drumline audition. All percussionists, and those double reed players who want to play percussion during marching season, will audition. Students who play a double reed instrument, like oboe and bassoon, may also play a different wind instrument, like flute or alto sax, or can be in the color guard instead of play percussion.
The day of the audition, students will play as many of the snare, quad, bass drum, and cymbal parts to East Coast Funk as they are able in a large group. Download the linked PDF of East Coast Funk and prepare the music the best you are able. We understand that many of our incoming students have no experience playing marching percussion and we will work with you no matter what your skill level.

Spring Band Concerts

Date: Thursday, May 3
Concert #1 Time: 6:30 pm
Concert #2 Time: 8:00 pm
Uniform: Concert Attire

We like to include a slideshow covering the last four years at the spring band concerts and Ayushi Singhal has offered to put it together. In order to make the slideshow as inclusive as possible, we are asking everyone to upload photos to a shared Google Drive Folder.

Music Awards Concert

Date: Thursday, May 10
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  HCHS Gymnasium & Cafeteria
Uniform: Dress Nice

Class of 2019 band seniors (current juniors) will take photos for the fall football program and next year's spring slideshow at an assigned time before the Music Awards performance. The event starts in the gym with a concert featuring short performances by the combined bands, choirs, orchestras, and jazz groups. Next, the seniors will be recognized and the music awards will be presented. Finally, the music will continue with Jazz Lab combos and vocal solos in the cafeteria during a reception with food provided by the MPA.


Date: Thursday, May 24
Prelude Performance Start Time: 6:30 pm
Graduation Ceremony Start Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Dickenson Field
Uniform: Dress Nice & Weather Appropriate

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 28
Call Time: 8:00 am
Parade Start: 10:00 am
Location: Downtown Hinsdale
Uniform: Full Marching Uniforms

Year-End Requirements

For non-seniors returning to band next year, we ask you to fill out the Information, Measurement, & Equipment form, the Fourth of July Registration form, and if you are interested in a leadership role next year, the Band Staff Application.

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.

New York City 2017

2018-2019 Student Leaders

Congratulations to junior drum majors, Mia Gaddis & Lorenzo Jennings, who join current drum majors, Elizabeth Bieber & Kelly Tam, as student conductors of the 2018-2019 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.

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.

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.