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

Monday, November 5, 2012


The Butter Braid fundraiser ends this Wednesday, November 7. Students should plan to turn in their forms and money in class. Please make sure that the money matches form. Butter Braids will be delivered on Tuesday, November 20 after school - in time for THANKSGIVING! Mmmmmm........
Butter Braid braided pastries

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Butter Braid Fundraiser Begins!

The Butter Braid Fundraiser begins tomorrow, October 24 and runs until November 7. These awesome pastries can be purchased from the students for only $12. We will have a tasting after school tomorrow. Stop on by for a delicious taste. Check out the variety on their website: Butter Braid Mmmmmm.............

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pops Concert

Please join students from Chorus and Percussion II on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 7:30pm, for the first annual “Fall Pops Concert” in the Stahl Theatre at Saint Patrick High School. Enjoy pop music from all genres, each with a unique twist! Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds benefit the Music Department’s Spring Field Trip to New York.  ‘Some Nights’ are boring but come enjoy the ‘Piano Man’ and you won’t be disappointed!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New York Trip

Seats on the bus for the Spring Music Trip to New York City are filling up quickly! Please make sure to send in your deposit and commitment form to Mr. Carroll as soon as possible to reserve your spot on this awesome trip full of music, culture, and history. Shamrock Music.... Making Music, Making Memories, Making History!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Music Trip Deposit

We have been steadily receiving deposits for the Spring Music Trip to New York City. If you have not already done so, please return your deposit and trip commitment form by next Monday, October 8. Chaperons should also communicate their intention to go by this time. If you cannot turn in the deposit by next Monday, but still plan on going, please see Mr. Carroll. We want all available Shamrock musicians to experience this awesome trip!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New York Trip Meeting Recap

Thank you to all who attended last night's meeting. It was a great turnout! If you were unable to attend, please download the trip forms using the links in the right sidebar. The deposit and Commitment Agreement need to be returned to Mr. Carroll or Ms. Courchaine by October 8 to guarantee your spot. The first 50 students to return their deposit and agreement will be guaranteed a spot, so turn it in ASAP. At the meeting we also discussed fundraising options that will be presented to your son and on this website. If you have any questions please contact your ensemble director.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New York Trip Meeting Tomorrow!

I am getting very excited for tomorrow's Spring Music Trip Meeting. Even if you're not sure if you can afford it, please come to the meeting. I think that you will see how beneficial this experience will be to your son. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the library!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spring Trip Informational Meeting

Please make every effort to attend the Spring Trip Informational Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Library. This year's trip is set to take place April 1 - 6, 2013 to NEW YORK CITY!!!! We have a lot of exciting things planned. You won't want to miss it! If you can't attend the meeting, we will send the information home with your son. Even if you're on the fence, please try to be at the meeting. We will be going over trip cost, fundraising options, the itinerary, etc. Hope to see you then!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 2 in Review

U.S. Army Brass Brigade rockin' the house!

On Monday, we were treated to a special performance by the U.S. Army Brass Brigade from Fr. Bragg, NC. The band consisted of 8 players who played unique arrangements of popular tunes. The students had a great experience and provided great energy. During the performance, the soldiers spoke to the students about the Army Bands and their mission as military musicians.

Thanks to all parents in attendance at the Parent Tour Night yesterday. We have a lot of exciting things happening this year. If you have any questions, please email me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome Back!

Hope everybody had a fun and relaxing summer. This year promises to be very exciting with scheduled performances at Soldier Field, festivals, concerts with special guest artists, basketball games, parades, and our bi-annual spring trip to (drum roll) NEW YORK CITY! If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to submit your email in sidebar box to get updates from the website. Also, please take a moment to read the important documents located in the sidebar and take special note of the 2012-2013 Calendar. As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks!

Monday, April 30, 2012


Congratulations to the Percussion Ensembles, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensembles on their fantastic performances this week! On Wednesday, April 25, the Concert Band, Beginning Band and Percussion Ensembles treated the audience with the music of Gustav Holst, Frank Ticheli, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. Two days later, the jazz ensembles welcomed 7-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico to the Stahl Family Theatre Stage. The groups performed the music of Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, Josef Zawinul, Brad Meldhau, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, and student composer, Luis Rivas. The final selections of the evening featured Paul Wertico playing Buddy Rich classics with the Honors Jazz Band. It was a week that will be hard to forget. Videos soon to follow..... Way to go Shamrock Music!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Playing and Instrument Helps Tune the Brain

"Note to husbands who need excuses to play the guitar with their buddies and to parents justifying the cost of their children's piano lessons: A new study from Northwestern University in Evanston says lifelong playing of musical instruments has a positive impact on the brain." See the rest of the article here: Playing and Instrument Helps Tune the Brain

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Friends of SPHS Music, please read the following letter: Thank You Letter

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Elk Grove Percussion Festival Recap

Congratulations to the Saint Patrick Percussion Ensemble II and Honors Percussion Ensemble on their fantastic performance at the 2012 Elk Grove Percussion Festival. At this noncompetitive festival, the groups were treated to wonderful high school performances, helpful comments from clinicians, and an outstanding performance by the professional quartet Third Coast Percussion. Thanks to all who were in attendance. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Music Department Benefit

Please consider joining us for our annual Saint Patrick Music Department Benefit, this year entitled "Club Shamrock." The event will take place Thursday, March 15, at 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Saint Patrick Performing Arts Centre Atrium. The cost of the event is $20 per person (at the door) and will include drinks (beer, wine, soda), dinner buffet from 7:30-9, and live music from Nia Quintet. Also featured will be a Split the Pot Raffle and Door Prizes. This is a 21 and over event. Proceeds of the event will go to the Saint Patrick Music Department. Invite your friends! Come on out for what will be a fun time of fantastic food and wonderful music! Thanks for your support of Saint Patrick High School Music!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Elk Grove Percussion Festival

Please consider joining us for the 2012 Elk Grove Percussion Festival at Elk Grove High School on Saturday, March 10. Percussion II and Honors Percussion will perform from 2-3 p.m. They have been working very hard and would love to play in front of a large audience. Please come out and show your support! More details can be found here: Percussion Festival Itinerary.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Blog is BACK!

After a couple years away, the blog is BACK! Please check back here for pertinent information and cool stuff about the Saint Patrick High School Percussion Ensembles. December's concert has been posted and can be viewed if you click the link in the right sidebar.