Thursday, August 8, 2013

Here we go!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Austin O'Brien and I am the new Band Director and Music Teacher at Saint Patrick High School. I am very excited to be teaching at St. Pats and I'm looking forward to all the wonderful playing opportunities we will have this year. I want to tell you a little about myself.

I am a graduate of Saint Patrick High School. I attended Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During my time there, I have had many performing and teaching opportunities with concert bands, choirs, percussion ensembles, and jazz bands. I am fired up about taking this music program to new and exciting places over the next few years and I hope you are too!

I have updated all of the "Documents (.pdf)" on this blog. I recommend that all students and parents take a look at the Handbook and Calendar before school gets started so we can all have an idea of what the school year will look like. Don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions you might have. Have a great rest of your summer and I'll see all of you soon! Go Shamrocks!

Mr. Austin O'Brien
Band Director and Music Teacher
Saint Patrick High School
773-282-8844 ext. 260

Monday, May 20, 2013


Check out the concert video from the Spring Band & Percussion Concert. This is a playlist and all videos are included even though only the first group is shown:

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Congratulations to the Honors Percussion Ensemble on their fantastic performance at today's Percussion Festival at Elk Grove High School. The Shamrocks were also treated to wonderful performances by other area high schools, the Harper College Steel Band, and 7-time Grammy winner Paul Wertico (in picture) who has performed at SPHS twice in the last few years.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Show your support! The Honors Percussion Ensemble will perform in the annual Elk Grove Percussion Festival at Elk Grove High School on March 9. The day is filled with performances from outstanding high school percussion ensembles, clinics with expert percussionists, a performance by the Harper College Steel Band, and a workshop with 7-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico. There is a small admission fee, but if you'd like to attend for free, please consider being a chaperon. Our day's itinerary is posted in the sidebar. For more festival information visit their website: Elk Grove Percussion Festival

Friday, January 11, 2013


Turn in your used CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Video Games for money for your student accounts!!!! Media in good condition with original packaging will fetch more money. In a brown bag, box or crate, turn in your items on Monday, January 14 to Mr. Carroll. One week later, you'll get credit for your account!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the Saint Patrick Music students and faculty, I want to wish all friends of SPHS Music a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The second semester will be a very busy one including concert performances, festival & contest performances, Chicago Symphony open rehearsal, performance by the US Marine All Star Jazz Band, and the spring trip to New York City!!!! May all students get plenty of rest and practice!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Welcome Back Percussion Alumni!

Thanks to the SPHS Band & Percussion Alumni that returned to play with the Basketball Band for the annual Thanksgiving Tournament. A fun time was had by all.

David Rodriguez, Jake Spizzirri, Mr. C.,
 Jack O'Brien, Armaan Yazdani, Austin O'Brien

Matt Jankiewicz, Mr. C, Brad Donatille

Markeise Russell, Will Petrovich, Kevin Gallagher,
Mr. C., Eddy Chevere, Ed Stypka, Tim Puczkowskyj