Joliet Township High School Band Alumni Association

May, 2008

Happy Spring, Alumni!!!

It’s been a good year for our JT bands.  Following their winter concerts, both Kevin and Mike packed their respective organizations up and headed for warmer climes, namely Orlando.  After a nice twenty-some hour bus ride, both groups got a good start on their Disney music making.  Kevin Carroll and his combined bands performed a concert at Epcot.  Mike Fiske and the Central Symphonic Band performed as part of Festival Disney­an invitation entry competition­where they captured an excellent rating, first place in their division and second overall out of the twenty-three participating bands.  The Central Marching Band took a solo march around Futureworld at Epcot, and the combined bands took part in Disney’s “You’re Musical,” a two and a half hour working session with several of the Disney music and recording staff where they ultimately recorded a three minute segment of Stravinsky’s The Firebird set with the animation from Fantasia 2000.

Following their return from Florida, both bands participated in the State of Illinois ISU High School Invitational Concert Band Contest, where the Central Symphonic Band and both the West Concert and Symphonic Bands participated.  Following our bands great performances, the adjudicators ranked the Central Symphonic Band first in class 6A, with the West Symphonic Band second in class 6A.  Congrats to our bands for their accomplishments.

On the alumni front, we had another banner year joining the JT Pep Band for our fifth annual game.  This year we had approximately 20 alumni joining the JT students, where many spectators were very complimentary of the group, and as Mike Fiske put it “we doubled the sound of the band with only about half of the personnel.”  Apparently, age and experience do outweigh youthful exuberance.  We’re pleased to report that the alumni band was once again victorious over Providence Catholic, but it was a hard fought game which JT pulled out in the last 30 seconds to win by 3 points.  Following the game, the alumni retired to The Olde Keg for refreshments and camaraderie.

Coming up this summer, we’ve had an invitation from the Alumni Choir to perform with them on July 31st at BiCentennial Park.  As forming the concert band is quite an arduous process, the board decided to continue the Big Band ensemble from last summer.  This year we’re going to mix it up a bit and make it more of a jazz band with some newer charts for the performance.  If you’re interested, please indicate on the return form enclosed.  Please come out and join us for this event, enjoy the beautiful summer evening and for refreshments at Cemeno’s after the concert.

The band alumni are moving forward into the 21st century.  We’ve created several online groups, one on Facebook, one on LinkedIn and one on Plaxo.  The links will be at the end of the letter so that you can join us for more frequent updates, the ability to interact with your fellow alums, to make suggestions for events and more!  Most importantly, we want to use these facilities to reach out to other alumni that we’re currently unable to find through other means.

Keep thinking about ideas and events that you’d like to see as part of the celebration in 2012.  We’ve been bouncing ideas off of each other, really feel that we have a good start on what events we’d like to see, and how we can make it something extraordinarily special.  If you have something you’d like to share with us, the best way to communicate with is via email.  Email Jan at or Brad at

We hope that you have a great summer; hope to see you at the park in July, and at our upcoming meetings August 13th, September 10th and the annual meeting September 28th.  The regular meetings are held at Joliet West in the library at 7pm, and the annual meeting will be held at 2pm, with the location TBD.


                                                                                                                                Musically yours,

                                                                                                                                                Your JTHS BAA Board





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