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 www.jolietcentralbands.org. 

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.

Fall Update: 10/29/2018

Dear Parents and Students -

The following information is an update about some upcoming band events and information. For our full calendar, please visit the calendar section of our website by clicking on this link.


  • Big Band Rehearsal is every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

  • Thu/Nov 1: Marching Band Recognition Night, 7pm, Cafeteria

  • Thu/Nov 8: Full Marching Rehearsal for Light Up the Holidays Parade, 3:30-5:30pm (time has been changed to accommodate the All-City Band concert.)

  • Fri/Nov 9: Symphonic Band Performance at Veteran’s Day Assembly, period 7 & 8

  • Thu/Nov 15: Full Marching Rehearsal for Light Up the Holidays Parade, 6-8pm is CANCELED - NO REHEARSAL

  • *Sun/Nov 18: Fall Concert, 3pm. Concert band call time: 2pm. Symphonic Band call time: 1:30pm for rehearsal with guest artist*

  • Fri/Nov 23: Light Up the Holidays Parade, Marching Band; Downtown Joliet


Our Fall concert is Sunday, November 19 at 3pm. Concert band call time: 2pm. Symphonic Band call time: 1:30pm for rehearsal with guest artist. We offer some leniency on pep band and some marching band events, but home concerts and festivals are mandatory and for a grade! All of the students depend on each other for a great performance; attendance at these events is very important.

Dress is concert black. Students are being fitted this week. They should remember to bring their black dress shoes and long black socks for the concert, along with their white tuxedo shirt (men). Women should wear flat black shoes (marching band shoes are OK). Heels or high shoes are tough to walk on stage with, and students could end up falling in these shoes. Please - no excessive jewelry or excessive make-up.

We also would love to see more audience members at our concert. Concerts are free and open to the public, so please help us spread the word! We are lucky enough to have a nationally known featured Guest Artist, Dr. Leah Schuman, performing with us. Not many schools get to do things in band like we do!


Our commissioning project is off and running. By May, our students will get to perform a piece written specifically for them from a Hollywood Composer (that just happens to be a Joliet Central Alum). If you or someone you know would like to donate towards this campaign, please view the link below. Even if you are unable to donate, please feel free to share this link. This is a great opportunity for our students!



Students in concert and symphonic band have playing assessments, also known as Smartmusic Assignments, that are due. We typically use these assessments to make sure that we are prepared on concert and festival music. If your student is missing any Smartmusic assignments in the grade book, please help to encourage them to complete these. Students may access Smartmusic assignments on their device wherever the have internet.


Thank you to everyone that participated in our recent fundraisers! We sold over 400 bags of popcorn. These profits help to keep our band program affordable for all.


We are beginning to think about our band trip for next school year! Stay tuned!

Fall Concert: November 18, 2018 at 3pm. Guest Artist: Dr. Leah Schuman

Fall Concert: November 18, 2018 at 3pm. Guest Artist: Dr. Leah Schuman

The Joliet Central Bands present their Fall concert on Sunday, November 18, 3pm, in the Joliet Central High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Joliet Central Concert Band and the Joliet Central Symphonic Band. Special guest artist with the symphonic band is Dr. Leah Schuman, trumpet professor from VanderCook College of Music. Dr. Schuman will be soloing on “Grand Russian Fantasia” and will perform as part of a trumpet ensemble on LeRoy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday.” Dr. Schuman’s performance is graciously sponsored by the JTHS Foundation. Additional trumpet ensemble members include Washington Junior High and Joliet All-City Band director Mr. R. Scott Barnas and student trumpeters Jakob Gudeman, Brian Guzman, Dustin Peloquin, and Tony Toledo.


The concert is free and open to the public. Guests should enter through the main entrance or through the J doors.

Artist bio: Leah Schuman is in her 18th year as Professor of Trumpet at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, where she has worked with hundreds of band directors and music teachers from across the United States and many parts of the world.  She maintains an active career as a performer and clinician throughout the Chicagoland area and across the country.  She holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY as well as a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University.  She is a former member of the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Festival Orchestra in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Schuman is also the Executive Director of the One City program at VanderCook College, which provides free musical instruments and jazz instruction to children in grades five through eight from underserved communities on Chicago's south side.

Memo for Weeks of 9/10 and 9/18, Including Homecoming


Band - Homecoming week is quickly coming up!  Please use this letter as a reminder of the dates that are on our calendar, found at www.jolietcentralbands.org.

·       Tuesday, September 11: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6-8pm. Also, our POPCORN SALE kicks off! We are asking each member to sell, sell, sell!

·       Thursday, September 13: NO REHEARSAL


·       Tuesday, September 18: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6-8pm.

·       Wednesday, September 19: Powder Puff Game Performance, 4pm call time, 5pm game start.  Spirit wear/band t-shirt; leave after halftime. Meet in band room.

·       Thursday, September 20: PERFORMANCE: JTHS Foundation Reception for Arlene Albert. Please be dressed by 4:15pm; 5pm performance. Expected completion time: 6pm. Uniforms: please have black socks, black drillmaster shoes, band t-shirt.

·       Friday, September 21: Pep Assembly: during school (wear spirit wear).  Released 7th, attend 8th.

·       Saturday, September 22: Homecoming Parade & Homecoming Football Game

o   Parade Information:

§  Call time: 7:45am

§  Dressed: begin getting dressed at 8am.  Ready by 9am. Black socks, black shoes, band t-shirt.

§  Step off (approximate): 9:30am outside of Joliet Central.

§  Route can be found on www.jths.org – parade begins on Herkimer.

o   Game information:

§  Call time: DRESSED by noon.

·       It will be a while before you eat at the game. (Of course, don’t eat in your uniform jacket).

·       Students may not leave the premises in their uniform! 

§  Game start: 1:00pm

§  Tickets are available presale only! Please check www.jths.org for ticket information. The band does not sell or have resources for game tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you all during this busy week! -Mr. Stinson


ILMEA HELP SESSION: Band students interested in auditioning for ILMEA: Illinois State University is hosting a help session day on Sunday, September 16th. Please see this post if you are interested. We will not be providing transportation, so if you/your student is interested, please make sure that you have a ride/carpool.



I hope that you are all starting your academic year in wonderful fashion. Please share the information on this FREE event with your students where they can work on ALL-STATE audition music with our faculty and attend a Wind Symphony Concert for FREE!

Registration is online: https://illinoisstate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cMZIiwxlvax4L8p

Illinois State University All-State Band Day

Sunday, September 16, 2018

12:30PM – 4:00PM

Wind Symphony Concert at 5:00pm

High School Band students are invited to this FREE event to learn from our Applied Faculty in instrumental masterclasses. Faculty will also work with students on the Illinois All-State audition music sharing performance advice for each instrument. Students and families that attend the event will be given complimentary tickets to the afternoon concert by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony.

Illinois State University Applied Faculty
Flute – Dr. Kim Risinger: kmrisin@ilstu.edu
Oboe – Prof. Judith Dicker: jdicker@ilstu.edu
Bassoon – Prof. Michael Dicker: mhdicke@ilstu.edu
Clarinet – Dr. David Gresham: dsgresh@ilstu.edu; Dr. Anne Dervin: amdervi@ilstu.edu
Saxophone – Dr. Paul Nolen: pnolen@ilstu.edu
Trumpet – Dr. Amy Gilreath: asgilre@ilstu.edu
Horn – Dr. Rachel Hockenberry: rahocke@ilstu.edu
Trombone – Dr. Mark Babbitt: mbabbit@ilstu.edu
Tuba & Euphonium – Dr. Andy Rummel: atrumme@ilstu.edu
Percussion – Dr. David Collier: dcollier@ilstu.edu; Dr. Ben Stiers: bmstier@ilstu.edu


12:30PM Registration in Center for the Performing Arts Lobby
1:00 Welcome Meeting in Center for the Performing Arts
1:30 Brass/Percussion Masterclasses & Woodwind Faculty Recital
2:45 Woodwind Masterclasses & Brass/Percussion Faculty Recital4:00 Closing Meeting
5:00 Wind Symphony Concert (complimentary tickets for students and families)


Please register for this event no later than Monday, September 10 at the following link:



Anthony C. Marinello, III, D.M.A.
Director of Bands | Illinois State University School of Music
Campus Box 5660
Normal, IL 61790-5660
(309) 438-1702

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.