Neuqua Valley High School Festival Bands
Charles W. Staley, Jonathan Lauff,
Mark Duker, & William Jastrow, directors
Saturday, March 24, 2102
Congress- and Theater House
4820 Bad Ischl (map)
Program scheduled to include
Chicago Tribune March — W. Paris Chambers
Fugue on “Yankee Doodle” — John Philip Sousa
Shenandoah — arr. Frank Ticheli
Radetzky March — Johann Strauss, Sr.
…and much more
About the artists…
Neuqua Valley High School is part of Indian Prairie District 204, located in Naperville, Illinois, 40 miles west of Chicago. The arts receive tremendous community support. NVHS serves grades 9-12 and has a student population of over 4500 students. Parents serve on committees associated with our MEAC organization devoted to serve the needs of our active program. Since opening in 1997, NVHS has received Grammy Gold status 4 times, most recently in May of 2009. In 2005, they were named the Grammy National Signature School in recognition for having the best high school music program in the United States. In September 2009, NVHS earned the distinction of the only public school in the country to earn the Kennedy Center Award for excellence in the fine and performing arts.
Music is an elective and serves over 1300 students. Courses offered are Music Theory, Advanced Placement Music Theory, and twenty-four performing groups. There are 11 certified music staff and one full time accompanist. Students have access to state-of-the-art technology including a sixteen station MIDI lab and recording equipment. The curriculum is based on the MENC National Standards. NVHS offers a comprehensive after school program that involves over 400 students in jazz bands, jazz choirs, steel bands, symphony orchestra, fiddle group, multi-cultural choir, marching band, pep band, and musical theater orchestra.
Visit www.neuquamusic.org for more information about the NVHS program.