Junior High Bands

July 8 - 14 and July 15 - 21

For July 8-14, Enrollment is closed for Alto Saxophone

For July 15-21, Enrollment is closed for Alto Saxophone

For students completing grades 5 – 8

Designed for junior high students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments, the primary focus of this program is developing individual musicianship through a large ensemble setting. During the week of July 8-14, students who express an interest in orchestra will be considered for placement in the Junior Orchestra instead of band. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, master classes, and elective courses.

Here is what a typical day in the Junior Bands program will look like:

  • 8:15- 10:30 am: Full Band Rehearsal
  • 10:45- 11:45 am: Sectionals
  • Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Full Band Rehearsal
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Technique Class
  • 3:45- 4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30: Lights out
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    Conductors for 2019, July 8-14

    Junior Symphonic Band
    Karen DeBauche, Urbana Middle School

    Karen DeBauche teaches band at Urbana School District #116 and is at Urbana Middle School where she has taught for the past 28 years. Most of those years have been at Urbana Middle School as a band director.  She has also taught general music, elementary band and assisted  at the high school. Under her direction, Urbana Middle School bands have earned consistent Division I ratings at the Illinois Grade School Music Association Organizational Contests as well as numerous invitations to The University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival. DeBauche’s bands have been invited to perform at several state and regional conferences and she has served as a presenter as well. She has had the honor of directing all-district bands as well as area honor bands and festivals. She also regularly judges at organization and solo-ensemble contests  throughout Illinois.

    Miss DeBauche holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), Master of Music Degree in clarinet performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has completed additional coursework at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in Clarinet Performance. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a member of the National Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu, Illinois Music Educators Association and Illinois Grade School Music Association. She continues her love of learning by participating in professional development in programs like Illinois Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project. As a lifelong musician she also performs with the Urbana Pops Orchestra as principle clarinetist.

    DeBauche lives in Urbana and enjoys the wonderful amenities that come with living in the same town as the University of Illinois.

    Junior Concert Band
    Emma Oliver, Naperville

    Mrs. Oliver currently teaches fourth and fifth grade band in Naperville District 203. In this position, she recruits students and teaches all large ensemble rehearsals and beginning band lessons on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in two elementary schools. Prior to teaching in Naperville, she  taught all aspects of the fifth through twelfth grade band program in the Shelbyville Unit School District in Shelbyville, Illinois, and her junior high bands earned consistent Division I ratings at IESA band contests.  
    Mrs. Oliver holds both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her master’s, Mrs. Oliver served as a teaching assistant for a variety of music education courses, supervised instrumental music education practicum students in field settings, and authored a master’s thesis exploring the experience of first-year teachers in rural areas who were originally from the suburbs, entitled “A Collective Case Study of Novice Band Teachers in Rural Teaching Settings,” which she presented as a feature paper and poster session at the Illinois Music Educators’ Conference in 2016.

    Mrs. Oliver has taught at the Illinois Summer Youth Music camps as a rehearsal assistant, woodwind coach, and ukulele instructor since 2014.   

    July 15-21

    Junior Symphonic Band
    Jennifer Currey, Champaign Central High School

    Jennifer Currey is a band director and fine arts content area chair at Champaign Central High School. Mrs. Currey co-teaches three concert bands, marching band and orchestra. In addition to her work at the high school, she also teaches elementary beginning band.

    A native of Farmington, Illinois, Mrs. Currey attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a bachelor’s degree in horn performance. While at Illinois, she was very active as a performer in many of the bands, jazz bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles. She was the winner of the 1994 Wind Division Achievement Award and was a recipient of a 1995 Albert Austin Harding Band Award.

    Mrs. Currey received a Master of Music in Music Education from The Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. At Peabody, Mrs. Currey studied conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker and horn with Peter Landgren.

    Prior to accepting a position with Champaign Unit 4 Schools in 1999, Mrs. Currey taught instrumental and vocal music in Catlin Illinois. Mrs. Currey is a member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the Illinois Music Education Association.

    Junior Concert Band

    Bill Rank, Oak Prairie Junior High School

    Mr. William Rank has been Band Director at Oak Prairie JHS since 2005. Mr. Rank conducts the Oak Prairie 7th and 8th Grade Concert Band, 6th Grade Concert Band, Jazz Band and several extra-curricular Ensembles.  He also teaches semester general music classes in Music Technology.  Prior to teaching at Oak Prairie, Mr. Rank taught four years at Scullen Middle School in Naperville.  Mr. Rank’s ensembles have consistently received excellent ratings at local and state festivals.  In 2011 the Oak Prairie Jazz Band performed at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference.  The following December, the Oak Prairie Jazz Band assisted Jose Diaz, J. Richard Dunscomb and Tony Garcia as a rehearsal lab band at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

    Mr. Rank received the Bachelors and Masters degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award and is currently on the leadership committee for the Illinois Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project.

    As a freelance saxophonist, Mr. Rank has performed at the World Saxophone Congress and received an Outstanding Soloist Award at the North Texas Jazz Festival.  Mr. Rank is an active member in the Illinois Music Educators Association, Illinois Grade School Music Association, National Band Association, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.  He currently performs with the Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra.  Bill lives in Oak Forest with his wife Christy and daughter Samantha.