About the Bands
Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Traughber Junior High Band Program. Your decision to provide your child with a quality music experience is an investment in your child`s future. This page provides information, as well as answers, to many of the questions people have about the Traughber Band Program.
The Band Program
The Bands at Traughber Junior High School are part of a curricular music program.
6th Grade Beginning Band
The 6th Grade Band is a beginning band class with instruction beginning during the summer prior to the current school year. The beginning band will perform in four concerts throughout the year. They will also be required to prepare and perform a solo for the Oswego 6th Grade Solo Recital. The 6th grade band class meets everyday and is part of the students` daily academic routine at Traughber Junior High.
If a student in 7th or 8th grade who did not join band in 6th grade desires to be in band, that student must start with the beginning band students and will be placed in 6th grade band for the school year.
A student moving into the Oswego school district with experience in band will perform an audition in order to determine proper placement in the band program.
7th Grade Concert Band
The Concert Band consists of primarily 7th Graders in their second year of instruction. The Concert Band members will perform in four concerts, Oswego Organization Contest, and in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Select students will also have the opportunity to audition for the IMEA District IX Festival Concert Band and Jazz Band.
8th Grade Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band consists of primarily 8th Graders in their third year of instruction. The Symphonic Band members will perform in four concerts, Oswego Fine Arts Festival, and perform in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Select students will also have the opportunity to audition for the IMEA District IX Festival Concert Band and Jazz Band.
Full Band Rehearsals
All band students will be heard by the director once each week during class and assigned a weekly grade. All Band members will be required to attend full band rehearsals proir to each concert for the purpose of rehearsing musical elements related to the coordination of the different sections of the band. This Full Band Rehearsals will be held before school.
The Traughber Band extends sincere thanks and gratitude to the following people who have worked with the band and contributed to the success of our students and band program.
Dr. Harry Begian (Univ of Illinois, retired)
Mr. Kenneth G. Bloomquist (Michigan State University Director of Bands Emeritus)
Dr. David Gillingham (Central Michigan University)
Dr. Larry Stoffel (CSU Northridge)
Dr. Deb Sheldon (Temple University)
Dr. Ryan Hourigan (Ball St. University)
Dr. Ken Thompson (Bowling Green St.)
Dr. Larry Van Oyen (North Central Coll., Naperville)
Dr. Dale Lonis (Elgin Symphony Orchestra)
Dr. Joe Manfredo (Univ. of Illinois)
Mr. Don DeRoche (DePaul University)
Mr. Douglas Akey (Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, AZ)
Mr. Dan Farris (Northwestern University)
Mr. Tom Brawner (Scott Co. Kentucky)
Mr. Brian Wis (St. Charles North H.S.)
Mr. Jim Stombres (St. Charles North H.S.)
Mr. Bill Jastrow (Neuqua Valley H. S.)
Mr. Ross Kellen (Glenbard East H.S. retired, Elmhurst College)
Mr. Pete Pappas (Glenbrook South H.S. retired)
Mrs. Margene Pappas (Oswego H.S. retired)
Mr. Don Shupe (Libertyville H.S. retired)
Mr. Glenn Schneider (Metea Valley H.S.)
Mr. Keith Ozsvath (Rotollo Middle School)
Mr. John Thomson (Libertyville H.S. retired)
Mr. John Timmins (Crone M.S.)
Dr. Pete Griffin (Elmhurst College)
Mr. Dan Valkema (Plainfield Central H.S.)
Dr. James Hile (Eastern Illinois Univ.)
Mr. Chip Staley (Nequa Valley H.S. retired)
Dr. Tim Yontz (Wheaton College)
Ms. Emily Binder (Nequa Valley H.S.)
University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival
Plainfield Invitational Band Festival
IGSMA State Contest
IMEA (Illinois Music Educator`s Association) State Convention
American School Band Director's Association National Convention
The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic
Commission and World Premier of the John Mackey composition, Sheltering Sky
Commission and World Premier of the Donald Grantham composition, Sol y' Sombra
Commission and World Premier of the Scott Mcallister composition, Atmospheres
The Traughber Band has visited:
The University of Illinois
Northern Illinois University
Illinois State University