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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

Jazz Ensemble Performance with the Pete Ellman Big Band

Date: Monday, January 7
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: HCHS Band Room
Pizza will be available in the band room starting at 12:30 pm.

Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E New York St, Aurora
A Consent Form is required and parents can drive their students home after the performance by filling out the back. Dress up and meet in the band room at 4:45 pm to load the bus. We set up, sound check, and perform right at 6:30 pm. The music department will pay for your dinner, which we will eat during the Pete Ellman Big Band's first set. Then we load the bus and return to school.

Set List
Clues Blues: Nav, Matt, Nick/Mitchell, & Milan
Let It Snow!: Matt, Nav, Jared, Alex, Lorenzo
Outrageous Mother: Victor, Henning, Moses
Lady Bird: D Major
My Funny Valentine: Elisabeth
Isla Verde: Matt, Lorenzo, Victor, Nav, Nick
Lil’ Darlin: Lorenzo & Lelia
The Refrigerator: Matthew, Mitchell, Milan, ?

Pep Band

The Pep Band is scheduled to perform at the home basketball games below. Students who selected home game performances for honors need to attend five games and all other band students need to perform at two games. The pep band wears the band t-shirt with jeans and gym shoes or other school spirited clothing. No music or outside preparation is required, we choose several pieces out of the pep band binders to rehearse before performing at the game. Scan in with a student leader to receive credit for your performance. Performing at the double header on Friday, December 7, will count as two pep bands.

Pep Band Dates:
Friday December 7 - 6:00 pm Girls & 8:00 pm Boys 
(4:30 pm call time)
Tuesday, January 29 - 7:00 pm Girls (5:30 pm call time)
Saturday, February 2 - 2:00 pm Girls v Proviso West 
(12:30 pm call time)
Friday, February 8 - 7:30 pm Boys v York 
(6:00 pm call time)
Friday, February 15 - 7:30 pm Boys v Lyons Township 
(6:00 pm call time)

Holiday Assemblies

Only select students perform in the Holiday Assemblies. All other students will attend the assembly in the auditorium during part of third period. Performing students are excused from first and third periods and should wear concert attire. There will be time after the final assembly to change clothes.

Date: Tuesday, December 11
Time: Extended 3rd Period (8:30 am to 11:00 am)
Performing Groups: Jazz Ensemble (7:00 am call time), Wind Ensemble (7:30 am call time). & Symphonic Percussion (8:00 am call time)
Location: Auditorium
Uniform: Concert Attire (tuxes and dresses or band uniform)

Concert Band & Concert Percussion Rehearsal

Because our Concert Percussionists meet during a different period than our Concert Band Winds & Brass players, a short rehearsal is required to put the music together before performances. We can write passes to athletic practices or activities.

Date: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 3:10 pm to 4:00 pm
Performing Groups: Concert Band & Concert 
Location: Auditorium

Holiday Concert

All band and jazz students perform on the Holiday Concert and friends and family are all invited to attend this performance, which is typically a highlight of the school year. Arrive early and fill in available seats as the house is typically full.

Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 7:00 pm
Performing Groups: All Band & Percussion Classes, Jazz Band, & Jazz Ensemble (6:00 pm call time) - No Jazz Lab 

Location: Auditorium
Uniform: Concert Attire (tuxes and dresses or band uniform)

Final Exam

All students take a multiple choice final exam during the scheduled final exam period on the music notation, terminology, scale theory, and marching concepts listed on the Final Exam Review Sheet. This year's exam will be in Google, so bring your ChromeBook to the test.

Holiday Winds

Use the Holiday Winds 2018 form to sign up.
Holiday Wind Binders are now in a shared folder.

3:10 pm to 4:00 pm in 167

Tuesday, October 30
Friday, November 2
Monday, November 5
Wednesday, November 14
Monday, November 19
Wednesday, November 28

Jingle Bell Java, Thursday
November 29, 7:00 pm, Cafeteria

PTO Hot Chocolate
Friday, November 30, 7:00 am

Madrigal Concert
Monday, December 3, 7:00 pm, Community House (wear all black)

Set List
Echo Carol (p38)
Renaissance Suite I, II, & III (p81)
Madrigal Fanfare #1 & #2 (p94)
Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella (p26)
Coventry Carol (p43)
Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella (p26)
Up on the Rooftop (p105)

Parent Photographers

We are looking for a few parents with nice cameras and a good eye to help take pictures at performances and other events. Please contact Mr. Kurinsky if you are interested in helping.

SignUp Genius Link

Parents, please use the SignUp Genius Form to volunteer at one of the two regular season home games. Additional forms for Homecoming and Senior Night will be ready soon.

Music Parents Association

The MPA will meet in room 124A on 9/10, 10/22, 1/28, and 4/8. You can get more information about the organization on the MPA Page of the music department website and can become a member or donate using the membership form in the Web Store.

Pay for Equipment

While every band student has completed our Google equipment and measurement form, only about 1 in 3 families have paid in the school Web Store for marching equipment, concert attire, and transportation fees. Please pay immediately. If you don't remember what you ordered you got an email receipt from us when you filled out the form.

Fourth of July

Wind and percussion players of all ages are invited to join in the Red Devil Marching Band's Fourth of July activities.

  • Kick-Off Picnic & Rehearsal 1 - Monday, July 2, 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Courtyard & Band Room (167)
  • Rehearsal 2 - Tuesday, July 3, 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Band Room (167)
  • Parade Performance - Tuesday, July 4, 8:30 am - Band Room 167 (10:00 am parade step-off in town)

The food at the picnic is free, the sheet music and large instruments are provided by Hinsdale Central, and the t-shirts for the parade are generously donated by the Music Parents Association (MPA). Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to play as well! More information is available on the band web page at

Information, Measurement, & Equipment Form

Families must complete the Information, Measurement, & Equipment Form each summer.  Make sure you have your school ID number, instrument, and uniform measurements before you begin.  More information about how to take measurements is available on the music department website, and tailors or dry cleaners will usually take measurements for you.  Email the directors with any questions.  The form summarizes your measurements and confirms your equipment order with the band directors; however, your order is not complete until you pay for these fees and equipment  by going to the Hinsdale Central Web Store,, placing the items in the shopppng cart, and paying with a credit card. To make it easy to find your items in the store, use the check boxes on the left side to select only 'Band/Color Guard' items. The directors will order the equipment listed below and have it ready for school in the fall. 

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.

Google Classroom Codes

Marching Band: mypkz6
Wind Ensemble: t3dof0q
Wind Symphony: 6wn5wwn
Sym. Band/Percussion: e7hk1f
Concert Band: 0d52h5i
Concert Percussion: f3haytk

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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.