Waubonsie Valley Wind Ensemble January 31, 2020 - 8:15am


Repertoire selection is a deeply personal process for each of us. Ultimately, we tend to select pieces that provide some sort of connection. That connection could be anything from a personal performance experience, a particular composer we love, something that works well for an ensemble, or the curriculum we work to cover with our students.

Today’s program has many personal connections for me. The first and last pieces, Fantasia in G and The Purple Carnival, were both performed on what I consider my “epiphany concert.” I had been to many band concerts in my life, but it wasn’t until the summer of 1984, when I was listening to my older brother’s Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) concert, that I finally started to understand what all of the fuss was about. It fundamentally changed how I felt about music in general and bands specifically.

Perhaps my most personal connection to this program is that this marks the 25th anniversary of when I had the opportunity in 1995 to bring my Glenbard East Concert Band to perform at what is now IMEC with my amazing colleague Ross Kellan and his legendary Symphonic Band. Many of you knew Ross and understand why my four years teaching with him were so special to me.

I hope you enjoy our performance and are able to make a connection of your own to one of these pieces.

-Mark Duker

Timothy Mahr’s Fantasia in G was premiered by the St. Olaf College Band in 1983, just a year prior to my brother’s ISYM performance, which made it an exciting new piece for everyone in the audience. It was inspired by the opening line of Johann von Schiller’s poem Ode to Joy: “Freude, Schoner Gotterfunken” (Joy, Bright Spark of Divinity). As musicians know, this same text was used by Beethoven in the finale of his triumphant Symphony No. 9. Mahr used Beethoven’s melody as source material for Fantasia in G. Performing this work also met a curricular goal for this year, which was to give our students the opportunity to connect musically with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

-Notes taken from conductor’s score

I have a strong personal connection with vocal music, having spent more time in my life as a vocal performer than instrumental. Tabula Rasa is a transcription of a vocal work by Canadian composer Don Macdonald. It was the winning composition of the 2010 DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks Competition. Macdonald had a specific image in mind when composing this music: A quiet moment between a mother and child when the mother sees, as she has never seen, the potential of the precious life she holds in her arms. A silent acknowledgement of her child and every child as a “blank slate” with seemingly limitless potential.

Our band program first became connected with this piece at the 2018 Midwest Clinic when we were fortunate to serve as a clinic band for Dr. Colleen Richardson from Western University in Toronto. Any parent or teacher can also easily connect to the beautiful message in this piece.

En mis brazos, respira (In my arms, breathe)

vida sin li mites (Life without limits)

luz del dia, noche oscura (Light of day, dark night)

duerme, sueño, resto conseguridad (Sleep, dream, rest in safety)

Con su córazon su alma escucha y sabe esta verdad (With your heart, your soul, listen and know this truth)

Dentro de ti hay futuros ilimitados si le dan la libertad (Within you are boundless futures, if you are given freedom)

Libertad de crecer (freedom to grow)

libertad de aprender (freedom to learn)

libertad de tocar (freedom to touch)

libertad de sentir (freedom to feel)

libertad de imaginarse (freedom to imagine)

libertad de volar (freedom to fly)

libertad de adorar (freedom to love)

libertad de ser amado (freedom to be loved)

Peterloo Overture also has multiple connections to today’s program, most important of which is the recent 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre for which it was named and written. On August 16, 1819, in St. Peter’s Fields, Manchester, England, a crowd of approximately 60,000 people gathered to hear a speech on political reform. On the orders of the magistrates, they were interrupted by the Yeomanry, attempting to seize the banners they carried, and to arrest their speaker, Henry Hunt. Cavalry were sent in, and eleven people were killed and four hundred injured in the ensuing panic. Peterloo Overture attempts to portray these happenings musically, but after a lament for the killed and injured, it ends in triumph, in the firm belief that all those who suffered and died in the cause of unity amongst mankind will not have done so in vain.

In addition to the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, my personal connection is that this was one of the first programmatic pieces I heard that I felt really told the story musically. Malcolm Arnold sets a peaceful scene with his tranquil and gorgeous opening melody. His ability to foreshadow the arrival of the Yeomanry with his regimental snare drum effect is equal parts entrancing and chilling. He then creates the chaos of the battle using dissonance as the primary technique. As the action calms, listeners can clearly hear the sorrow and wailing that must have accompanied the aftermath. As Arnold states in his program note, he decided to end on a positive note, bringing back his original melody with optimism and strength.

-Notes taken from conductor’s score & https://www.britannica.com/event/Peterloo-Massacre

My connection to The Purple Carnival was again from that ISYM concert in 1984. This was the first march that really got my attention due to its unique form and “cool trumpet fanfares” as heard by my 13 year old self. It was written in 1933 and dedicated to Glenn Cliff Bainum and the Northwestern University Band.

Harry Alford was a self taught composer and arranger who was influential in the development of band music early in the 20th century. After spending his early adulthood as a musician traveling with minstrel shows, he had the revolutionary idea in 1903 to open a full time custom arranging business in Chicago, employing many of the best music copyists and arrangers available. There was high demand for his music, which was known for being ingenious and quirky.

The Purple Carnival is a great example of Alfred’s composition tendencies being put into an otherwise seemingly typical American march. This march has sections that are similar to traditional march forms, but Alfred reordered them and did not apply typical constraints of length or key relationships. He also added short interludes with dramatic changes in dynamics and instrumentation. All of these factors add up to a march that has the best of all worlds - exciting fanfares, beautiful melodies, and a form that keeps the audience's guessing.

-Notes from https://www.windrep.org/Purple_Carnival,_The

The WVHS Wind Ensemble is appreciative of the leadership from Indian Prairie School District and Waubonsie Valley High School.

We are honored to have our Waubonsie Valley High School Chamber Strings, Waubonsie Valley High School Wind Ensemble, Scullen Middle School Chamber Strings, and Scullen Middle School Honors Chorus participate at the 2020 IMEC Conference in Peoria.

To have a large number of our students and teachers participate in such an important event defines the caliber of musicianship that can be found in our district’s music program. The opportunity for our students and staff to engage with other musicians and clinicians from across the state aligns with our mission to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential.

We are very proud of our students as well as our talented music educators, who will accompany the students at the conference. They include John William Burck, Daryl Silberman, Kevin Carroll, Chris Dandeles, and Mark Duker, of Waubonsie Valley High School, as well as Matthew White and Michael Ferguson of Scullen Middle School. With support from community leaders and the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation, our participating students and teachers represent a shared commitment to excellence and innovation to which we have received national acclaim over the years.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your conference.

Karen Sullivan, Ed.D


Indian Prairie School District 204

It is my privilege to recognize Waubonsie Valley High School’s Chamber Strings and Wind Ensemble as they participate at the IMEC Conference in Peoria.

As principal I challenge our freshman class each year to identify something they are good at and something they love to do. I challenge them to do this through taking rigorous courses and being involved. The recognition our orchestra and band program are receiving by being selected to perform in front of their peers shows this commitment. I have no doubt that the mastering of a musical instrument encourages such skills for future careers and builds passion towards the areas of the arts that furthers community enrichment.

To this call I highly praise John William Burck, Daryl Silberman, Kevin Carroll, Chris Dandeles and Mark Duker, musical instructors at Waubonsie Valley. They have fostered this direction and desire in our students, encouraging them to seek out this path of growth, which often comes in direct competition of a demanding world asking more of students to think of careers and future planning. They have directly connected this skill and passion of playing an instrument to the overall health and growth of a student experience; all of this while having our students excel at the highest level. I can think of no better compliment.

Thank you for allowing us to share their efforts and passions with their peers at IMEC. This is a distinction I know all of them think highly of.


Jason P. Stipp

Principal-Waubonsie Valley HS

Welcome to today’s performance by the Waubonsie Valley High School Wind Ensemble. We are honored by the Illinois Music Education Association’s invitation to perform at this year’s Illinois Music Education Conference. Our district is proud to have the Waubonsie Valley High Wind Ensemble represent the 33 schools and over 27,000 students of Indian Prairie School District 204.

Our educational community takes great pride in our nationally recognized arts programs, and today’s performance is sure to be yet another example of music thriving in our schools. While we are fortunate to enjoy the strong support of our local community, we commend our music programs for reaching beyond their individual buildings. It’s not always easy to be active at the regional, state, national, and even international levels; however, our music faculty and students continually demonstrate the desire to share their artistry and professionalism to broad audiences.

We are very proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our music students and the exceptional music educators who lead them, Kevin Carroll, Chris Dandeles and Mark Duker. It is an honor to support them today, as they share their music with you.

Thank you to the Illinois Music Educators Association for the invitation, and I hope you enjoy today’s performance.


Grant Sahr

Director of Elective Curriculum and Coordinator of Fine Arts

Indian Prairie School District 204

Mark Duker began his teaching career at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL, where he taught from 1993-1997. Mark started the band programs at Still Middle School in 1999 as well as Scullen Middle School in 2001. After 10 years at Scullen, Mr. Duker moved to Neuqua Valley High School in 2011 and then in 2013 joined the faculty of Waubonsie Valley High School where he now serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair and conducts the Wind Ensemble.

Mark is a 1993 graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. in Music Education. In 1999, he graduated with honors from Indiana University with an M.M. in Wind Conducting. Mark earned National Board Certification in 2003 and re-certified in 2013. He was named a Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator in 2006. He has served as the Junior Jazz Representative for ILMEA District 9 as well as the IGSMA District 9 Chair. In September of 2013, Mr. Duker was named 1 of 25 national semifinalists for the inaugural GRAMMY Educator Award. Mark lives in Naperville with his wife Jen, a band director in West Aurora District 129, and their children Maddie and Josh.

Kevin Carroll has been a proud member of the WVHS Music Department since the fall semester of 2014. He came to us from a distinguished career of twenty-two years at Joliet West High School where he served as Director of Bands. Mr. Carroll and his former band program have won numerous awards and honors not only in the State of Illinois, but also throughout the nation. Some of those distinctions include earning seven invitations to the University of Illinois' prestigious Superstate Concert Band Festival, fifteen times winning their class at the Illinois State University Concert Band Invitational, as well as earning an invitation to perform at the ILMEA All-State Convention held in Peoria, IL. Mr. Carroll's marching and jazz ensembles have also won numerous awards and accolades throughout the nation.

Kevin Carroll is a saxophonist and a 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a B.S. in Music Education. In 1997, he earned his M.A. in Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL. Mr. Carroll has been named a Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator in 2002, and in 2013 was one of ten educators to win a Golden Apple Fellowship from over six hundred applicants. Mr. Carroll has also earned several National Band Association Citation Awards throughout his career. In addition, Kevin Carroll has served as the ILMEA District Band Representative for District 1 for four years. Mr. Carroll is consistently in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for bands throughout Illinois. Mr. Carroll currently lives in Naperville, IL with his spouse Nicholas Davis, their son Jackson and their dog Nessa.

Chris Dandeles has been a member of the Waubonsie Valley High School Music Faculty since 2003. Prior to teaching at Waubonsie Valley, he was Director of Bands at Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, IL. Mr. Dandeles earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and his Master's Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Dandeles currently directs the Waubonsie Valley Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, co-directs the Warrior Pep Band, and assists with the Waubonsie Valley Marching Warriors. He is also the director of the Waubonsie Valley Percussion Ensemble and World Beat, which he founded in 2003. Since its inception, the WVHS Percussion Ensemble has performed at the VanderCook Day of Percussion, the Illinois Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, the National Percussion Festival, Humboldt Community Christian School, the DuPage Children's Museum, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Indiana University in addition to the annual WVHS Spring Percussion Concert and Schlagzeugfest.

As a percussionist, Mr. Dandeles has promoted the advancement of percussion education throughout his career, with a focus on developing total-percussionists. He continues to perform in his school and community, especially as a member of the West-suburban quartet Rosewooden Carols. Mr. Dandeles is also active as a clinician, adjudicator, composer and consultant.

Mr. Dandeles lives in Aurora with his wife Amy, their daughter Annika, and son Henry.

Waubonsie Valley High School is a part of Indian Prairie School District 204, located in Aurora, lllinois. WVHS opened in 1975 and currently serves a student population of approximately 2550 students. Our school's mission is "to foster students' learning to its highest potential while providing diverse and challenging educational experiences that academically, socially, and emotionally shape our students into independent and productive members of society."

The Waubonsie Valley High School Music Department serves approximately 700 students in curricular classes including five bands, six orchestras, and eight choirs. Students are also actively involved outside of the school day in almost 20 co-curricular music ensembles spread across our department. We are fortunate to have been named a GRAMMY Signature School five times and a GRAMMY Gold Signature school twice. Our community is very supportive of the Fine Arts, having earned NAMM "Best Communities for Music Education" designation for eight years.

The Waubonsie Valley Band Department currently serves 240 students in five curricular bands. As a part of their curricular class, band students receive a 1/2 period technique class once each week, during which they work in small groups on a separate instrument specific curriculum to help develop their musicianship. Members of the Wind Ensemble participate in a weekly student led sectional and chamber rehearsal to develop musical independence and leadership. WVHS band students are also able to choose participation in the Marching Warriors, Pep Band, three Jazz Bands, Jazz Combo, two Percussion Ensembles, and two Steel Bands.

WVHS bands have a rich history of touring including such destinations as Spain, France, Italy, England, Toronto, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Florida. The WVHS Wind Ensemble has performed at the Midwest Clinic, IMEC, Music for All National Festival, and the University of Illinois SuperState Festival. We were honored to be selected as the SuperState Class 4A Honor Band in 2018.