Beginning of Year Updates/Memo

Welcome back! Below are two memos regarding the Bicentennial Park concert (symphonic band only) and the Elwood Parade (all band members):

MEMO: Symphonic Band Only: Bicentennial Park Set List – Thursday, August 23, 2018
I Want You Back
Cold Sweat
Sir Duke (soloists)
Ease on Down the Road
Let’s Groove
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Hey Baby
Rough Riders Concert March
March of the Steelmen

Reminder: 4pm call, blue Joliet Band t-shirt, khaki pants, black shoes, black socks.  Bring instruments, pep books tonight.  Please arrange for food on your own!  Due to this being in town, we will not be doing a dinner stop.  Buses load at 5:15, concert begins at 6:30pm.

MEMO: Elwood Parade

Saturday, August 25, 2018; ALL band members.

8:30am: call time at JCHS.  Dress, prepare equipment. Please plan on full uniforms, but have your marching t-shirt, khaki pants, and black shoes in case we decide on the summer uniform due to heat.
9:00am: load buses.
9:15am: bus leaves JCHS.
10:00am: Line up on South Street.
11:00am: Parade step-off. We are number 17.
12:30pm: parade ends (estimated). Load buses near Diagonal Road.
Bus back to Joliet Central.  Put equipment away and hang up uniforms. Approximate return time: 1:30pm.

Graduation Memo

AVAC Graduation: Friday, May 25; 7:20am report, perform during periods 2, 3. Please bring all uniform attire needed that morning! We are very lucky to be a part of this tradition every year!


5:00pm: call time; begin dressing.  Seniors may arrive as early as 4:30pm. Mr. Stinson will have your graduation cards for you.

“Concert” & Graduation Order

·         Midway March, Longford Legend II, I, John Williams in Concert (no scream), La Procession, Second Prelude, Stars and Stripes; Sine Nomine; Pomp and Circumstance; March of the Steelmen; Joliet Loyalty (by memory)

Bring equipment to the gymnasium and set up.  Rack stands, and bring percussion equipment and conductor podium.

5:45pm: leave for gymnasium as a group; single file, straight line.  Bring instruments, music, accessories.

6:15pm: begin pre-concert music.  6:55pm: Stars and Stripes.  7:00pm: Sine Nomine.

After graduation: EVERYONE (except seniors) helps bring equipment back to the band room.  Graduation is your final grade in the gradebook and tearing down is part of our job. 

Seniors: please check in instruments, Snark Tuners, and equipment after graduation to the band office.  All band members: make sure your lockers are clean!  You may leave instruments in your lockers if you are returning, but they must be clearly marked with your name (masking tape available in the band office – don’t write on cases).

Seniors! Good Luck! You will receive your diplomas after you turn in all your equipment. Please remember to pick this up from Mr. Stinson following graduation.

4/30/2018 Update: SuperState, Final Concert, Graduation, Summer

What a year so far (but we're still not done!).Congratulations to the band for a successful trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The students performed at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival and earned the following: 1st Place Class 4A, Superior Rating, Outstanding Flute Section, Outstanding Horn Section, and Outstanding Tuba Section. Outstanding soloist awards were awarded to the following students: Zach Sperstad, Trumpet; Mariah Frykholm, Saxophone; Sydni Smith, Piccolo, and Valeria Perez, Flute. Great job to all! Thank you to all students and chaperone helpers for a successful trip. Next band trip is 2019-2020. Location: to be determined.

Now, on to the next. Some reminders regarding upcoming dates:

  • Thurs/May 3: SIP Day - please encourage your students to attend. These are attendance days.
  • Sat/Mat 5: SuperState (Symphonic Band). Permission forms still available. 8am call, 9am departure. Early bus leaves University of Illinois at 3:45pm with a chaperone; late bus leaves 9:30pm from U of I. 
  • Tues/May 8: Final Band Parent Association Meeting of the year. 7pm, band room.
  • Sun/May 20: Spring Band Concert (all band members). 2pm call, 3pm start.
  • Fri/May 25: AVAC/Transition Center Graduation (Symphonic Band): morning ceremony/during school.
  • Fri/June 1: Graduation (Symphonic Band). Evening - call time available soon.
  • Tues/June 12: First marching band rehearsal for 2018-2019 band! 6-8pm.

Our summer calendar/2018-2019 calendar will be available by the end of this week. 


Updates for April/May (Bonus - Band Camp Dates)

Parents and Students - we are quickly approaching the close to another school year! As always, please check our calendar for all dates and events by visiting the calendar section of this website, or by clicking this link. Below is some additional information about upcoming events.

  • Dinner Dance: tickets are still available for our dinner dance on Friday, April 20. Although this dinner features our jazz groups, this dinner benefits the entire band program and is one of our largest fundraisers. Please Contact Band Parent Treasurer Jackie Bedolla at 815-919-8313 for tickets - $45 a person, or $85 per couple for dinner, music and dancing at the Jacob Henry Mansion starting at 6:30pm.
  • Band Trip: Band trip rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7-9pm, up to the week of the trip. Our final parent and student trip meeting will be Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30-7pm; our final rehearsal for students will follow. During this meeting, students and adults will receive a packet containing the final, updated itinerary, rooming list, student expectations, clothing & uniform checklist, and some things to keep in mind. Emergency numbers for the director and chaperones will be supplied, and we will go over school rules, policies, and discipline procedures.
  • SuperState - for the second year in a row, our Symphonic Band has been accepted to perform at the Illinois SuperState Festival. We are all extremely proud of the work our fine students have done. SuperState is one of the highest honors in the state of Illinois, and we are proud to be involved and representing the city of Joliet.  SuperState is May 5, 2018, and a timeline is located on our calendar.  Call time will be 8am, and we will leave at 9am for the University of Illinois. Our official performance time is 1:45pm. If you are able to make it to watch your child perform, there is no greater concert hall - they will sound fantastic! If you are unable to attend, you can enjoy the livestream at We will provide an early bus back that will leave at 3:45pm for those students wanting to come back early, and the other buses will remain until the conclusion of the festival to listen to the University of Illinois Wind Symphony and attend the recognition ceremony. Approximate departure time for the late bus from U of I is 9:15pm. 
  • Final Concert is May 20 - 3pm. Please join us in celebrating our seniors in their final band concert!
  • Friday, June 1: Graduation. Symphonic Performance - timeline to come out soon.
  • BAND CAMP! Band Camp will be the week of July 30. More details will follow regarding summer band.

German Exchange Hosting

Dear Band Families - 

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a German high school jazz band this summer.  This event will take place from July 12-14.

School: the visiting group is the Goethes Groove Connection, which is the big band of the Goethe High School in Emmendingen, Germany.  This group consists of 25 musicians, ages 14-18.

As part of our hosting requirement, we are looking for volunteer families to host two German high school students in their home.  Hosts would be required for housing students for two nights and supplying meals and transporting guests to and from rehearsal areas and a performance.  

All interested hosts should contact Mr. Stinson via as soon as possible for more information.

More information from our host handbook:

Family Assignments
Visiting European guests being placed in private homes with families is the most unique element of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. This format allows our European guests to truly experience American culture and form lasting friendships with our young people. Community groups, churches, school clubs, and student artistic ensembles are all good resources for host families. Host families should have a genuine vested interest in meeting and hosting European guests.

The family should have the means to properly host the students including being able to fulfill the transportation requirements, provide three meals a day and provide educational and fun activities for the guests. Houses may be simple, and need not be large and fancy - but must be clean! It is difficult and sometimes embarrassing for all when a student or guest must be moved.

A few guidelines to housing the guests:
 Students (not staff or chaperones unless married) may share a queen size bed, if necessary. This is more common for females.
 Students should be housed with youth that are the same gender and preferably not with a single host of the opposite gender.
 Pull out couches, futons, and/or air mattresses are acceptable forms of beds, if they are in a clean and private area.
 It is preferable to have students housed in pairs of two or more. This makes the guests feel more comfortable while in a new place. 

Hosting Expectations for Families and Community Host families should be willing to follow the general itinerary developed for the group, as well as the ability and willingness to share with our European guests the interesting sights and activities in your community. While families are encouraged to show our guests the special sites in the area, there is no expectation that the host family incur additional fees for their guests. If a family chooses to take their guests to an activity that requires admission or expense, the family should be willing to cover that cost for the guest. Host families should be encouraged to have a complete schedule of activities and realize the importance of having guests to the designated places on time. Host families are responsible for the following during a home stay:

 Providing transportation to rehearsals, concerts, scheduled activities and departure for the next tour stop.
 Three meals a day for the guests
 A clean bed in a private area of the home
 A sack meal for the day the group departs
 Having fun getting to know their guest and showing the best of American Culture!

2/26/2018: Updates and Reminders

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful concert yesterday, including All City Band, American Legion Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and our Joliet Central Band Parent Association for helping out!


In Spanish Below/En español abajo:


Dear Parents and Students - 


On March 24, we will be running our Mattress Sale Fundraiser at Joliet Central High School.  The company we are working with is under new management, and we are excited to roll this fundraiser out.  


In the mail, you will be receiving a flier about the parent meeting we will be holding on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm in the Band Room.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting, as we will be discussing the mattress sale, the upcoming band trip, and some possible changes for instrument rental/equipment in the future.  


Below is an email from the company.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 6!


Please feel free to share the information below with anyone you know!


To all Joliet Central Band Parents and Students:

Do you need to replace a bed in your home?  Know someone who does?

We will be hosting our 1st annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on March 24th .

Check out this Youtube video to see how it works:

There will be over 20 beds on display for customers to try.  The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores.  In addition to beds, there will also be pillows, mattress protectors, sheets, and adjustable power bases!  Financing options will also be available!  I know of several colleagues who have run this same event with their programs, and in the Chicago area, the AVERAGE amount raised in one day is over $5,000! 


This is an excellent opportunity to raise money for our Band program. Best of all, our students and parents will NOT be selling, filling out order forms, collecting money, or delivering anything!  ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS PROMOTE!  10% of the population buys a mattress every year, so we all need to find at least two people who are in the market for a mattress and our event will be highly successful.

What we need from our Band families between now and March 24th is to be finding people in the market for a new mattress and ask them to come to our sale. Take a minute to ask around the office, at church or with your family and neighbors.  You won't believe how many people are currently planning to replace a bed in their home. It’s a unique opportunity for them to buy something they actually need, while supporting our program!  Personal referrals drive 90% of the sales at our event!

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event page.  Please check the “going” box and start inviting your friends!


More information to come




Estimados padres y estudiantes:


El 24 de marzo, llevaremos a cabo nuestra recaudación de fondos para la venta de colchones en Joliet Central High School. La compañía con la que estamos trabajando tiene una nueva administración, y estamos entusiasmados de lanzar esta recaudación de fondos.


En el correo, recibirán un volante sobre la reunión de padres que celebraremos el martes, 6 de marzo a las 7 p.m. en la Sala de Banda. Haga todos los esfuerzos posibles para asistir a esta reunión, ya que discutiremos la venta de colchones, el próximo viaje a la banda y algunos cambios posibles para el alquiler / equipamiento de instrumentos en el futuro.


A continuación hay un correo electrónico de la compañía. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor hágamelo saber. ¡Esperamos verte el martes, 6 de marzo!


Por favor, siéntase libre de compartir la información a continuación con cualquier persona que conozca!


A todos los padres y estudiantes de Joliet Central Band:


¿Necesita reemplazar una cama en su hogar? ¿Conoces a alguien que lo haga?


Vamos a organizar nuestra primera Recaudación anual de fondos para la venta de colchones el 24 de marzo.


Mira este video de Youtube para ver cómo funciona:


Habrá más de 20 camas en exhibición para que los clientes prueben. Las camas son nuevas, de marca, hechas a la medida, están disponibles en todos los tamaños y cuestan menos que las tiendas minoristas. ¡Además de las camas, también habrá almohadas, protectores de colchón, sábanas y bases de poder ajustables! ¡Las opciones de financiamiento también estarán disponibles! Sé de varios colegas que han realizado este mismo evento con sus programas, y en el área de Chicago, ¡el monto promedio recaudado en un día es de más de $ 5,000!




Esta es una excelente oportunidad para recaudar dinero para nuestro programa de Banda. ¡Lo mejor de todo es que nuestros estudiantes y padres NO venderán, llenarán formularios de pedido, recaudarán dinero ni entregarán nada! ¡TODO LO QUE TENEMOS QUE HACER ES PROMOVER! El 10% de la población compra un colchón cada año, por lo que todos necesitamos encontrar al menos dos personas que estén en el mercado para un colchón y nuestro evento será muy exitoso.


Lo que necesitamos de nuestras familias de Band desde ahora hasta el 24 de marzo es encontrar personas en el mercado para un nuevo colchón y pedirles que vengan a nuestra venta. Tómese un minuto para preguntar en la oficina, en la iglesia o con su familia y vecinos. No creerá cuántas personas están planeando reemplazar una cama en su hogar. ¡Es una oportunidad única para que ellos compren algo que realmente necesitan, al tiempo que apoyan nuestro programa! ¡Las referencias personales generan el 90% de las ventas en nuestro evento!


Aquí hay un enlace a la página del evento de Facebook. ¡Marque la casilla "ir" y comience a invitar a sus amigos!




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2/20/2018 Update and Reminders

Wed/21: Big Band, 7:30am
Thu/22: Jazz Lab, 3:30-4:30pm
Thu/22: Alumni Pep Band Night, 5pm call.  Pizza served.
Sun/25: Band Concert, 2pm call. Dress, prep, then 3pm performance.  Featuring Joliet All-City Band and the Joliet American Legion Band.  Note: if any parents are willing to "chaperone" Central band students during the concert, please let me know.  Volunteer job entails helping students with transitions, and sitting near concert band and symphonic band students in the auditorium when they are watching over bands to "encourage" positive behavior.


2/12/2018 Updates: Senior Night, Recording Session

Reminders for upcoming events:

  • Tue/13: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Tue/13: Pep Band, 5pm call.  SENIOR RECOGNITION: parent and seniors line up at 5:45pm on gym floor.
  • Wed/14: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Thu/1: Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm (extra-curricular)
  • Thu/1: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 6-9pm - RECORDING SESSION - MANDATORY.  more than likely, we will get done early, and students will be released early.
  • Please note: students needing rides must be picked up promptly!  If a rehearsal or event ends at 9pm, students should realistically be picked up by 9:20pm at the latest.  Recently, some students have had to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be picked up.  Please make arrangements with your student or another family to provide rides.

Other reminders/updates:

  • Concert: February 25; 1:30pm call time, 3pm concert.
  • Make up events for solo ensemble, H&R Block Tax Fundraiser, and Alumni Pep Night will be available soon.


Reminders for upcoming events:

  • Tue/13: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Tue/13: Pep Band, 5pm call.  SENIOR RECOGNITION: parent and seniors line up at 5:45pm on gym floor.
  • Wed/14: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Thu/1: Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm (extra-curricular)
  • Thu/1: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 6-9pm - RECORDING SESSION - MANDATORY.  more than likely, we will get done early, and students will be released early.
  • Please note: students needing rides must be picked up promptly!  If a rehearsal or event ends at 9pm, students should realistically be picked up by 9:20pm at the latest.  Recently, some students have had to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be picked up.  Please make arrangements with your student or another family to provide rides.

Other reminders/updates:

  • Concert: February 25; 1:30pm call time, 3pm concert.
  • Make up events for solo ensemble, H&R Block Tax Fundraiser, and Alumni Pep Night will be available soon.

1/29/2018 Update: Schedule Reminders, and Band Trip Payments

Reminders for upcoming events:

  • Tue/30: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Wed/31: Big Band, 7:30am
  • Thu/1: Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm (extra-curricular)
  • Thu/1: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 6-8pm - mandatory/graded event. Clinic with Daniel Moore, Director of Bands, Naperville North High School.

Other reminders/updates:

  • Grades are regularly updated. Our gradebook includes class participation, homework (Smartmusic), and performances.  For band, an A is typically easy to earn - just show up!  For certain circumstances, however, such as family emergencies or varsity sport games, students should make sure that they email Mr. Stinson at in order to determine whether or not an absence is excused.  Please note that items such as major performances and the February 15 Symphonic Band recording session are mandatory!
  • Band Trip Payments are due as soon as possible.  Our tour company has already graciously extended our due date almost one month.  However, because we are working with outside companies and performance venues, we are unable to extend the due date for the half payment after this week.  Students not paid up by the end of this week will unfortunately be removed from the trip, as we do not have additional funds in the Band Parent account to cover the large amount of late payments.


Recordatorios para próximos eventos:

Mar. / 30: Big Band, 7:30 a.m.
Mié / 31: Big Band, 7:30 a.m.
Jue / 1: Jazz Lab, 3: 30-5pm (extracurricular)
Jue / 1: ensayo de banda sinfónica, 6-8pm - evento obligatorio / calificado. Clínica con Daniel Moore, Director de Bandas, Naperville North High School.
Otros recordatorios / actualizaciones:

Los grados se actualizan regularmente. Nuestro libro de calificaciones incluye participación en clase, tarea (Smartmusic) y presentaciones. Para la banda, una A es generalmente fácil de ganar, ¡solo aparece! Para ciertas circunstancias, sin embargo, como emergencias familiares o juegos deportivos universitarios, los estudiantes deben asegurarse de que envíen un correo electrónico al Sr. Stinson a para determinar si se justifica o no una ausencia. Tenga en cuenta que los elementos como las actuaciones principales y la sesión de grabación de la Banda Sinfónica del 15 de febrero son obligatorios.
Los pagos por viaje de banda se deben realizar tan pronto como sea posible. Nuestra compañía de viajes ya ha ampliado amablemente nuestra fecha de vencimiento casi un mes. Sin embargo, debido a que estamos trabajando con compañías externas y lugares de representación, no podemos extender la fecha de vencimiento para la mitad del pago después de esta semana. Los estudiantes que no estén pagados al final de esta semana desafortunadamente serán eliminados del viaje, ya que no tenemos fondos adicionales en la cuenta Band Parent para cubrir la gran cantidad de pagos atrasados.

1/22/2018 Update

Band Students and Parents - Some updates and reminders for this week and upcoming events.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23 & 24: Big Band, 7:30-8am.
  • Thursday: NO JAZZ LAB.
  • Friday, January 26: Pep assembly.  Students will head to the band room during 7B to get their instruments and music for pep band.
  • Friday, January 26: Pep Band. 5:00pm call, band room.
  • Thursday, February 1, 6-8pm: Symphonic Band Rehearsal w/ Mr. Dan Moore, Director of Bands, Naperville North High School.
  • Thursday, February 8, 6-8pm: Symphonic Band Rehearsal.  Clinician TBA.
  • Thursday, February 15, 6-9pm: Symphonic Band Recording Session (MANDATORY!)
  • Sunday, February 25, 3pm: Concert, All Band Members, with special guests All-City Band and American Legion band.

Please check our calendar for all dates and events, including fundraiser turn-in information!

Band trip payments are past due!  Please pay ASAP!


Band Students and Parents - Algunas actualizaciones y recordatorios para esta semana y próximos eventos.

Martes y miércoles, 23 y 24 de enero: Big Band, 7: 30-8am.
Jueves: NO JAZZ LAB.
Viernes, 26 de enero: asamblea de Pep. Los estudiantes se dirigirán a la sala de banda durante 7B para obtener sus instrumentos y música para la banda de ánimo.
Viernes, 26 de enero: Pep Band. 5:00 p.m. llamada, sala de banda.
Jueves, 1 de febrero, 6-8pm: Ensayo de Banda Sinfónica con el Sr. Dan Moore, Director de Bandas, Naperville North High School.
Jueves, 8 de febrero, 6-8pm: ensayo de banda sinfónica. TBA clínico.
Jueves, 15 de febrero, 6-9pm: Sesión de grabación de la banda sinfónica (¡OBLIGATORIO!)
Domingo, 25 de febrero, 3pm: Concierto, todos los miembros de la banda, con invitados especiales All-City Band y banda de la American Legion.
¡Consulte nuestro calendario para conocer todas las fechas y eventos, incluida la información de entrega de recaudación de fondos!

Los pagos de viaje de banda están vencidos. Por favor, pague lo antes posible!