Beginning of the Year Band Information!

Dear Parents and Students -

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School year, and thank you again for being a member of the Joliet Central High School Band!

Some key items below: I will do my best to be brief and get to the point.

  • Our student teacher this year is Ms. Alexis Sujka (pronounced Soy-kah). She comes to us from North Central College in Naperville, IL. Please welcome her when you see her! As part of her student teaching experience, she must video record herself teaching. Please complete the attached form and return at your earliest convenience. CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.

  • Please sign up for our Remind account. Many of our updates are sent out via Remind. Text 81010 to @jtcband to subscribe to updates. Please note that messages are one way, and I do not have two-way conversations set-up for remind.

  • Symphonic Band members: please complete the Bicentennial Park field trip form for Thursday’s performance. This performance is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE FOR THE FIELD TRIP FORM FOR BICENTENNIAL PARK.

  • Marching Band members: our Elwood Parade is on Saturday. CLICK HERE FOR THE FIELD TRIP FORM FOR BICENTENNIAL PARK.

  • Calendar - it is very important that all of us stay up to date with the calendar! Please visit our calendar by CLICKING HERE or going to the portion of the website that says “calendar.”

  • Finally, the NYC Trip is this year! Our Pastry Puffin Fundraiser is currently in swing, and orders are due August 26 to the band room. Our initial deposit for the NYC trip $250 due by September 6. Keep selling to bring this cost down!

  • Communication: for communication with Mr. Stinson, please use email ( or phone (815-727-6705). Please note that I am unable to respond to Facebook, Twitter, Remind, or other social media messaging systems.

Thank you,

Mr. Stinson

Band Update: Weeks of April 15 & April 22

  • Tue/16: Wentz Hall Concert (Symphonic Band). 3:15pm call time to band room; load and leave by 3:30pm; arrive at North Central College/Wentz Hall by 4:15pm. Rehearsal/clinic, dinner, change; concert is at 7pm, and tickets are available that day at Wentz Hall. Adult tickets at $5, student, $3. Following concert, we will return to Central by approximately 9:30pm.

  • Wed/17: Big Band, 6-8pm

  • Thu/18: St. Francis Digital Audio Concert: period 4/5. The University of St. Francis will be visiting our campus to give a concert involving students from their Digital Audio Recording Arts program. This will be in place of our band period, and symphonic band students should report directly to the auditorium on Thursday. Concert band students that have an interest in digital audio production as a career should speak with Mr. Stinson about attending this event.

  • Mon/22: Symphonic Band clinic in class clinic with Mrs. Stacey Dolan-Larson, Band Director, VanderCook College of Music.

  • Tue/23: Big Band Rehearsal, 6-8; Jazz combo reports to Mr./Ms. J Banquet for performance (note: this is a date change, as the organizers of Mr./Ms. J changed the banquet date)

Other Information

  • Symphonic Band: SuperState takes place on Saturday, May 4. Our call time at Central will be 12:30pm. We will arrive at U of I at 3:30pm for getting ready, food, etc, and perform at 6:30pm. Parents and friends - if you have not attended SuperState before, this is the best festival for bands in the state of Illinois at one of the best concert venues in the country! There is no admission to enter - we hope to see all parents and friends there!

  • Congratulations to our symphonic band for earning a Division 1: Superior at the IHSA Band Contest. Special congratulations to our concert band for earning an Excellent rating - this is the first time in a long time that our concert band has performed at a contest, and we are proud of their efforts and their contribution to the history and legacy of our band program!

  • Joliet Young Musicians Mentor Band returns this summer! Please keep an eye out the week of April 22 for registration information. If you know any students that will be entering 6th through 8th grade, please spread the word about our summer band program.

  • Our final concert is May 19, 3pm, Central Auditorium.

IHSA/Wentz Hall Information

Week of 4/8 Reminders/Updates

Tuesday, April 9: BIg Band, 6-7pm

Friday, April 12: Jazz Lab, first period


6:30am call time - please remember all uniform parts. instrument, and instrument accessories.

We perform at Tinley Park High School; we are scheduled to return by 11am to accommodate students in the musical.

April and May 2019 Updates and Reminders


Listed below are some reminders and updates about our performances and major events. Please remember that performances are mandatory/graded events.

  • Friday, April 5: Band Photo, during class. Please wear black socks, black dress shoes (marching shoes OK).

  • Saturday, April 6: Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival (Symphonic Band); 9:30am call time. Info sheet and permission form attached to the end of this post.

  • Saturday, April 13: IHSA Contest, (Concert and Symphonic Band); 6:30am call. Info sheet and permission form attached to the end of this post.

  • Tuesday, April 16: Wentz Hall Concert, Naperville, IL (Symphonic Band)

  • Saturday, May 4: SuperState (Symphonic Band)

  • Saturday, May 11: Big Band Dinner Dance (jazz groups). Reserve your tickets today!

  • Sunday, May 19: Final Concert (Concert and Symphonic Band)

  • Friday, May 31: Graduation (Symphonic Band)


Congratulations to our symphonic band on their acceptance to the 2019 SuperState Festival! This festival recognizes the finest bands in the state of Illinois, and we to be among all of the fine programs invited. Congratulations to our students for carrying on our traditions! We will be getting a schedule out soon, but our performance time at the University of Illinois Krannert Center will be at 6:30pm.

PERMISSION SLIPS AND INFO FORMS - Please note that these forms were also available to your students as hard copies in class. Please click on the links below:



Updates & Reminders: Week of February 18

  • Mon/18: NO SCHOOL

  • Tue/19: SPC Honor Band (select students - report by 7am to Joliet Central. Transportation offered to the event but NOT HOME. Please arrange for a ride home from your parent following the concert at Romeoville High School).

  • Wed/20: Big Band (rescheduled due to SPC): 6-8pm. Percussion Ensemble Canceled.

  • Thu/21: Home Basketball Game: 4:30pm call time (ceremony for coach at 5pm).

  • Fri/22: Black History Assembly. Symphonic Band only; report time: 7th period; assembly takes place during 8th period. Dress nicely; no tuxedos. NOTE: Some students have informed that they have a test during 8th period that day; you may attend your tests/exams, but please let me know prior to the event so we can adjust accordingly.

  • Sat/23: Big Band Event at Jacob Henry Mansion. Report at 5pm dressed (concert black).

  • Sun/24: CONCERT! 2pm call for all. 3pm start time. Special Guests: All-City Band and American Legion band. Please remember that concerts are graded events, and mandatory! Students that do not show up end up negatively affecting the performance for other students. Our success is based upon the contribution of EVERY member of the band! This concert is free and open to the public. Parents and family members: your attendance to watch your student’s performance means much more to them than you can imagine! I’m looking forward to having you all perform for a great audience!

  • Mon/25: Mattress Sale Fundraiser meeting, 7pm, Joliet Central Band room. Please enter at main entrance. This is an informational meeting for our upcoming fundraiser. The company donates to the band for every parent in attendance, so please try to attend.

February 4, 2019 Calendar Updates and Reminders

  • Tue/5: Jazz Lab, 3-45-5:15pm

  • Tue/5: Big Band, 6-8pm

  • Wed/6: Percussion Ensemble meeting, 5:30pm

    Thu/7: Home Basketball game/Pep band

    • 5:30pm call

    • SENIOR NIGHT! Parents report at 5:45pm to main gym floor.

    • ALUMNI PEP NIGHT! Alumni are welcome to perform. Pizza provided.

  • Thu/7: Jazz combo at Joliet Historical Museum - Father Tolton Documentary


  • Mon/11: Make-up game. 5:30pm call time; 6:30pm game start time.

  • Tue/12: Jazz lab, 3:45-5:15pm; big band 6-8pm

  • Wed/13: Percussion ensemble, 5:30pm-7pm.

  • Thu/14: Symphonic Band recording session, 8am call, 8:30am set-up. Lunch provided by Band Parents Association

  • Fri/15: Symphonic Band concert with Augustana College; 7pm performance. Call time/info coming soon.

Calendar Reminder Document

Students and Parents - linked below is a reminder for remaining important dates for the rest of the semester. This document does not include every date, such as jazz rehearsals or every basketball game, but does include performances and special events. Please use this document as a reminder, update, or refrigerator decoration. As always, our full calendar can be found at 

Every student will also receive a hard copy of this calendar reminder in class today.

Thank you,
Mr. Stinson

Please click here for the Calendar Reminder Document.