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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

Fourth of July Parade

The Red Devil Marching Band is performing in the Hinsdale Fourth of July Parade and, if you are in town, we’d like you to join us. It is also an opportunity for younger band students to try marching before choosing classes at the high school.  Everything you need is provided free of charge including the kick-off picnic, music, and t-shirts.  All students should register online using the Fourth of July Registration form on the band website by Friday, June 14, 2019. We need a lot of parent help. Please sign up to volunteer for a job using our Sign Up Genius form.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 3:30 to 8:30 pm – Picnic & Rehearsal
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Rehearsal
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Rehearsal
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 10:00 am – Parade

Parade Times
8:00 am                Call time for breakfast and water in the Hinsdale Central Band Room (167). Drumline run cadences upon arrival.
9:00 am                Walk as a group to the parade route. Warm up and practice in a parade block at the start of the parade route.
10:00 am             The parade officially starts.
10:15 am             Red Devil Marching Band begins marching and parent volunteers pass out water.
11:15 am             Red Devil Marching Band Ends in Robbins Park and band parent volunteers provide popsicles.
11:30 am             Walk equipment back to Hinsdale Central.

Music Order
1. God Bless America
2. Handclap
3. You’re a Grand Old Flag
4. Shorty #6
5. Shorty #11
6. Red Devils

Here are links to the Parade Order, Parade Route Map, Sign Up Genius for parent volunteers to help with breakfast, popsicles, and walking the parade.

Marching Music

Once music is ready you will be emailed a link to a shared PDF in Google. One packet of music will be provided to each student at the start of marching practices, but you should look at the music over the summer.

Music for the fall includes Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland for Pre-Game, Handclap by Fits and The Tantrums for the game on 8/30, Funkytown by Lipps, Inc. for the game on 9/6, Cool/Jet Song/Tonight from West Side Story at the Homecoming game on 9/27 and the parade on 9/28, Themes from Beethoven’s 5th for the game on 10/11, Handclap/Tonight at Bandamonium on 10/18, and Sweet Home Chicago at the game on 10/25.

Information, Measurement & Equipment Form

You will receive another email when equipment and fees are ready to be paid. You will first fill out our Information, Measurement, & Equipment Form and then purchase those items in the Webstore. The form will not be turned on until all items are ready online.


The Shared Google Calendar for next year is ready. It can be synced to your devices so you always have updated dates and times.

Marching Practices

Monday, August 5, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Student Band Staff Training
Monday, August 5, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Marching Practice for Freshmen, New Marchers, & Student Band Staff Only
Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Marching Practice for Freshmen, New Marchers, & Student Band Staff Only
Wednesday, August 7, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Marching Practice for All Band Students
Thursday, August 8 - Marching Practice for All Band Students

Rome's New Year's Day Parade 2020

The Red Devil Marching Band is scheduled to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in Rome, Italy, on January 1, 2020, the school board approved trip, and there are currently 130 participants registered. If you are currently enrolled in a band class you are invited to participate. The trip is largely all inclusive, will run from December 27, 2019, through January 3, 2020, and is currently priced at $3515 per person for double occupancy rooms. You can look through a Sample Band Itinerary, for more information about sight seeing and meal options.

Payments are due in the Web Store as follows:
Payment 1 of $495 by 3/1/18 The first deposit was removed in the web store. If you are interested in joining the trip, email Mr. Kurinsky!
Payment 2 of $755 on 4/15/19
Payment 3 of $755 on 5/31/19
Payment 4 of $755 on 8/15/19
Payment 5 of $755 on 10/15/19

The first $100 is non-refundable and all other payments are non-refundable after 5/1/19. The cost of the trip includes trip insurance. Web Store payments are free if you use an electronic check through your bank; however, they charge a 3% fee for using credit cards.

Chaperone Single Room Option
Chaperones will have the option to pay additional $610 by 8/15/19 for a single room.

Land Only Option
A few families have asked about extending the trip before the school trip. It is possible to only purchase the land option of the trip, which is everything but airfare. The total cost of the land only trip is $2195. Families that choose this option should make the first three payments and then the Land Only Final Payment of $190 by 8/15/19.

Flights & Hotels
We do not know the airlines for flights or the hotel. As soon as we do I will email information home and post it to the website. Also note that fights and hotel reservations made by the parade organizer cannot be transferred or altered in any way.

Mandatory Meeting
Please mark your calendar for a mandatory trip participant and legal guardian meeting at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 27, in the auditorium after marching practice. Itineraries, packing information, and all district forms will be signed and turned in that night. There will be time to answer questions at this meeting.

If you have the passport you will use for the trip, please scan it and email the image to with the exact subject of “ROME PASSPORT: Last, First Middle” (i.e. ROME PASSPORT: Kurinsky, Matthew Steven).

Start thinking about who you would like to room with. A majority of rooms will be double occupancy. 

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.

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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2019-2020 Student Leaders

Congratulations to junior drum major, Amer Goel and senior drum major, Sydney Woczynski, who join current drum majors, Mia Gaddis & Lorenzo Jennings, as student conductors of the 2019-2020 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.