Their repertoire included the pieces “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli and “Arabian Dances” by Brian Balmages. While both Ticheli and Balmages are renowned composers for concert bands, their works are seldom performed by such young ensembles because of the high caliber of and challenges inherent in each piece. The successful preparation and performance of these works of music are due only to the unrelenting effort of band members and band directors alike.
What is the value of taking the band to a festival such as this one? Band director Moulee Gupta explains, “Performing at these festivals provides our students a different kind of audience- and one that can truly enhance the musicianship of our middle school students. Our students also love being able to walk around a college campus!” The Northshore Concert Band has been internationally recognized has one of the world’s best adult concert bands, and the annual band festival they host is the finest in the northwestern region of Illinois. CSMS band directors Moulee Gupta, Carol Holck, and Robert Pittman are committed to helping District 75 students reach their fullest potential as musicians; providing students with manifold performance opportunities and chances to work with clinicians committed to inspiring the next generation of rising musicians is essential to preparing each ensemble member for a bright musical future.