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5th Annual Music Festival

A very appreciative audience was in attendance March 1st , when the Sun City Band and the Huntley High School Bands presented their “5th Annual Festival of Music”. Huntley High School featured their Concert Band, the Wind Symphony, and the Wind Ensemble. The highlights of the evening were three numbers, “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, “Finale from Symphony No. 9” by Antonin Dvorak, and “Salute to Old Blue Eyes” arranged by John Moss featuring the Sun City Band and the high school Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble for a combined total of 120 musicians on stage.
The concert was free, but donations of $1079 were taken at the door to help the Huntley High School band program. Sun City Band added an additional $1000 to the evenings proceeds for a grand total of $2079!
The Sun City Band also presented three scholarships at the concert. The Sun City Concert Band Instrumental Music Scholarship, in its second year, is an instrumental music scholarship dedicated to all members of the Sun City Concert Band who have passed away since our band’s inception. The applicants for this scholarship must be in good academic standing, must have demonstrated proficiency on a musical instrument and must desire enhanced musical training from a band/music camp and/or through individualized instruction. The applicants must also desire to continue the study of music upon high school graduation. This year’s recipients were Zoe Detlaf and Pierce Cordle, each receiving a check for $500.
Zoe, who plays flute and piano, is a sophomore with a 3.9 GPA. She is a member of the Marching Band and has played in the McHenry County Youth Orchestra for two years. Zoe has stated that her goal is to be a Music Major in college. She is currently taking private music instruction and wants to be able to continue with private instruction.
Pierce is a senior and plays trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. He is a member of the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band and has been in the Marching Band. Even though Pierce has had some medical battles to deal with over the last several years, and many physical challenges remain, he has continued to remain in the top 10 of his class at Huntley High School, maintaining a 4.245 GPA and continues to study trumpet.
This year our Dance Band, “Let’s Dance!” and our Concert Band unexpectedly lost our lead alto sax player, Skip Desiderio, an integral part of both organizations. When his niece presented The Sun City Concert Band with a donation in Skip’s name, we thought that there would be nothing better than to be able to help another student to further his/her ability and knowledge, this time in the ‘Jazz’ medium, with a monetary award. It was our pleasure to present Charlotte Skala with a check in the amount of $500.00 to help further her musical abilities. Charlotte is a trombonist with a 4.464 GPA who has also participated in the Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band.
The Sun City Band and the Huntley High School Bands would like to thank the audience for all the donations and enthusiasm. We hope to see you all next March at the “6th Annual Festival of Music” in March 2013.

Pierce Cordle, one of the scholarship winners and Donna Bressler, Director of the Sun City Band

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