The past month has been very exciting Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School Band students. These students were chosen from over 1,000 other middle schoolers to play for the Annual Illinois Grade School Music Association District I Junior Festival Concerts. Students were invited to perform at the Junior Festival Honor Band on November 5 at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, IL. Mr. Robert Calhoon, Director of Instrumental Music at South Suburban College, was the guest conductor for the performance.
On November 12, the Junior and Senior Jazz Band Festival was held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois Mr. Brian Jacobi, professional musician including over 20 years with Rob Parton’s JazzTech Big Band, Mr. Anthony Svejda, Director of Music at Oak Park-River Forest High School and the 2016 Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, were the guest conductors for the performance.
IGSMA is currently celebrating its 77th year of service to young musicians. The Northern Division covers nearly two-thirds of Illinois. Nearly 300 school districts currently are members of the group whose mission is to foster growth in young musicians as they develop musical awareness through positive assessment of their performances. The achievements earned are a result of teachers, students, and parents working together as partners in the pursuit of excellence.
“We salute our young musicians for their hard work and commitment to excellence, and commend their parents and band directors for cultivating participation and high achievement. Arts and music education develops creativity, problem solving skills, and participation and cooperation toward common goals. It teaches students to sacrifice and struggle together in their attainment for celebrating both individual expression and collaborative success. District 123 and its music education program is vital to the development of a healthy community,” said Jean Attig, the District 123 Music Booster Vice President.
The OLHMS Concert band is directed by Mrs. Beth Lyons and Mr. John Kehl. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Mr. John Kehl.