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Band Alumni Bulletin

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Marist High School Band Alumni Bulletin

Issue # 2

November 1, 2022

A Letter from the Director 

Dear Marist Band Alumni Members,

I would like to welcome all of you to the second issue of the Marist Band Alumni Bulletin! This bulletin will be used to help keep alumni band members updated about what is currently happening with the band program at Marist.

            As you probably remember, around this time of year, the band is working on transitioning from marching band into concert band. We are preparing for our upcoming Christmas Concert in December. We would love for you and your families to be able to attend our concert on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gym at Marist.

            The band will also be performing at various grade schools in the area throughout the next few months. This certainly helps with recruitment for the Marist Band, but more importantly, it helps with recruitment for the grade school band program at that school as well. Due to the pandemic, many of the grade school band programs were affected, and the Marist Band is helping out in any way that we can to help grow numbers and help all local bands flourish.

            We are also still preparing for our Ireland Tour in March 2023! Some of you may remember when you performed with the Marist Band at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and at the South Side Irish Parade. Many of you may remember performing “Irish Parade” and “Men of Erin” for those performances. We will still be performing and marching with “Irish Parade” in Ireland, as well as some other Irish tunes. In more recent years, the band has performed “South Side Irish” at our local Irish parades, and we will still be bringing that piece to Ireland to perform at Kilkenny Castle.

            For this second issue, we are highlighting our upcoming Christmas Concert and some recent band room renovations, as well as interviewing a band alum and current band parent, Mr. Mark Murphy ’81. Mr. Murphy has two boys currently in the band, and it is great to hear his perspective. I hope you enjoy the feature!

I want to thank you for interest in the band, and I look forward to communicating with all of you. We plan to release this bulletin on a seasonal basis. If you know of any other Marist Band alumni who would like to receive this bulletin, please have them contact me directly via e-mail at creagh.andrew@marist.net. Thank you again for all your support!

 

Sincerely,

Andrew Creagh ‘04

Band Director, Marist High School

Check out the full Band Alumni Bulletin Issue #2 here.

 

Marist High School Band Alumni Bulletin

Issue # 1

September 12, 2022

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A Letter from the Director


Dear Marist Band Alumni Members,


I would like to welcome all of you to the first issue of the Marist Band Alumni Bulletin! This bulletin will be used to help keep alumni band members updated about what is currently happening with the band program at Marist.

My name is Andrew Creagh and I am the Band Director at Marist High School in Chicago, IL. I went to Marist as a student and graduated in 2004. I played tuba and bass in the Marist Band, under the direction of Mr. Frank Manna. I graduated from VanderCook College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and received my Master’s in Teacher Leadership from the American College of Education. I have been working at Marist since 2006. I was the Assistant Band Director for two years, under the direction of Mr. Rocco Carioto. I became the head director in 2008 and have worked at Marist ever since. I currently live in Orland Park with my wife, Julie, and my daughters, Evelyn and Audrey.


I have always wanted to find a way to communicate directly with our alumni band members about what is currently happening with the band at Marist. We have so many alumni band members, and I am looking forward to connecting with everyone. Hopefully, we can all share memories of the great experiences we had, and how the band has helped shape our lives.

The band has a lot of upcoming events and performances. We are happy to announce our first overseas trip to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland in March 2023! We will be in Ireland for a full week in March, where we will be performing and seeing different areas of the country. This is truly the most ambitious tour that we have ever planned, and we are excited to share the good news with everyone. There is a feature later in this bulletin with more information regarding the trip.

For our first issue, I thought that it was important to feature Mr. Frank Manna, the former Marist Band Director from 1963-2006. Mr. Manna was and is a Marist icon who led the band to honor, glory, and fame throughout his many years at Marist. It was great to catch up and interview Mr. Manna for our first alumni bulletin. I hope you enjoy the feature!

I want to thank you for interest in the band, and I look forward to communicating with all of you. We plan to release this bulletin on a seasonal basis. If you know of any other Marist Band alumni who would like to receive this bulletin, please have them contact me directly via e-mail at creagh.andrew@marist.net. Thank you again for all your support!

Sincerely,
Andrew Creagh ‘04
Band Director, Marist High School

Check out the full Band Alumni Newsletter Here.

 

Upcoming Band Performances & Events
8/27/22-Home Football Game vs. Glenbard West
9/23/22-Home Football Game vs. Marmion (Homecoming) *If you would like to perform with the band at homecoming, please see the information below.
9/30/22-Home Football Game vs. Loyola (Grade School Band Night)
10/14/22-Home Football Game vs. Carmel Catholic (Senior Night)
11/24/22-Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade
12/15/22-Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gym at Marist.
Playoff Football Games TBD
Homecoming Band Performance
We want YOU to perform with the Marist Band at our Homecoming football game!!!
What: Marist vs. Marmion Academy Homecoming Football Game
When: Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. Call time for alumni band members is 5:30 p.m.
Where: Marist Football Field. Meet in Band Room.
Attire: Comfortable
Music: “Locked Out of Heaven”-Bruno Mars. *If you would like to see the sheet music ahead of time, please e-mail Andrew Creagh and he can send it to you.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Andrew Creagh via e-mail at creagh.andrew@marist.net. Alumni band members can still perform on 9/23 if they were not able to RSVP.

 

 

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