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4th of July Camp

Students will begin the 2016-2017 Marching Band season on June 30, July 1, and July 2 with camps for the Champaign 4th of July Parade. Camp runs from 2-5pm on those dates and the parade will be in the morning on July 4th. 

Brixx Fundraiser - Tuesday, 3/14

posted Mar 13, 2017, 7:14 PM by Regina Ray   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:15 PM ]

Celebrate Pi Day by joining us on Tuesday, Mach 14th, for a Fundraiser at Brixx Pizza at 2043 S. Neil Street, Champaign.  A portion of the proceeds will help support the Charger Bands,

Band Concert & Dessert, 2/23 at 7PM

posted Feb 22, 2017, 4:16 AM by Regina Ray

The next Band Concert will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00PM in Centennial's Aldridge Auditorium. We are requesting donations of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. (no nuts or peanut butter, please) for our social following the Concert.  Please drop-off your donations in the cafeteria before the performance. 

We will also need some volunteers to help with the reception set-up and clean-up afterward.  We usually set-up between 6-6:30PM. If you are interested in helping, please contact Nuria Arwari at hospitality@chargerbands.com

Jazz at Jupiter's at the Crossing, Thursday, 2/9 from 5-7:30PM

posted Feb 8, 2017, 7:42 PM by Regina Ray

We hope you are planning to join us for a celebration of Jazz at Jupiter's at the Crossing on Thursday night from 5-7:30PM.  This performance will feature six Jazz Bands and two Jazz combos.  Below is the schedule for the event:

4:00: Load Buses
4:15:  Depart for Jupiter's at the Crossing in Southwest Champaign.
5:00: Centennial Jazz Combo 2
5:10:  Centennial Jazz Combo 1
5:20:  Franklin Jazz Band
5:40:  Centennial Jazz Lab Band
6:20:  Jefferson Jazz Band
6:40:  Centennial Jazz Band
6:40:  Edison Jazz Band
7:00:  Centennial Jazz Ensemble 
7:20:  Load equipment on buses
7:40:  Return to Centennial to unload

Dinner Buffet
Wristbands for the Pizza Buffet will be available for purchase for $10 per guest.  Donations to help offset the cost of feeding approximately 130 student performers would also be greatly appreciated. 

Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival, Saturday, February 4, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 8:00 PM by Regina Ray   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 8:01 PM ]

6:45 am Attendance and load buses 

8:20 am Jazz Combo 1 Warm‐up 

9:10 am Jazz Band Warm‐up

10:25 am Jazz Ensemble Warm‐up 

11:30 pm Lunch

12:45 pm IWU Concert

2:00 pm Master Class

3:10 pm Jazz Lab Band Warm‐Up 

4:00 pm Jazz Combo 2

6:30 pm Return to Centennial 

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Jazz Performance at Marketplace Mall-12/12/16

posted Dec 12, 2016, 11:14 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 11:15 AM ]

Today all of the jazz groups and small ensembles are going to be playing at Market Place Mall from 4:45-7:00 pm. We would love to see lots of familiar faces tonight so if you are free please come listen to a night of jazz! The schedule is as follows.

Buses will bring students from Centennial to Mall After School 
4:45 Groups will play in the following order. 

Woodwind Ensemble 
Brass Ensemble 
Combo B 
Jazz Lab Band 
Comba A 
Jazz Band 
Jazz Ensemble 

Students are welcome to wear whatever they wore to school. Please encourage your students to hang out the whole time and support their friends! Buses will head back to Centennial around 7 pm. Any help bring equipment back to the school will be very appreciated! 

Pep Band

posted Dec 1, 2016, 3:09 AM by Regina Ray

Students are assigned to either the "Centennial" Pep Band or the "Charger" Pep Band. They are required to come to the games listed on the calendar for their group, but they are welcome to attend all. In case of conflicts, students must find a replacement to play their same part/instrument in their absence. They then need to make up the game by attending an unassigned game. Please notice the title of the file contains the name of the ensemble, either "Centennial" or "Charger."  The first Pep Band performance is on Friday, December 2, 2016.

Amazon Smile Fundraiser

posted Dec 1, 2016, 3:02 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 9:06 PM ]

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your Centennial Band Boosters every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. 


To get started:

-Use the following link to go directly to the Centennial Charger Band's Amazon Smile account: 


-Or go to smile.amazon.com

-Login with your current Amazon account information.  If you don’t have an   Amazon account, you may create one.

-Select a charitable organization (ex: Centennial Band Boosters). Once Centennial  Band Boosters is selected as your donation recipient, it will remain that way for all future purchases unless changed.  

-Begin shopping!

Marching Band Awards Night @ 7PM on Monday,10/24/16

posted Oct 23, 2016, 8:20 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Oct 23, 2016, 8:25 AM ]

"Ease on down the road" and join us in the Centennial Gymnasium on Monday, October 24 at 7:00PM for the Marching Awards concert.  It will definitely be a "Thriller!"


6:00 Get dressed in full uniform without hats

6:30 Full band picture in the gym

7:00 Awards Concert

7:45 Cookies and punch in the cafeteria.

Please help with returning pit percussion and other large equipment to the band room.

Effingham Band Competition, Saturday, 10/22/16

posted Oct 22, 2016, 9:19 AM by Regina Ray

Effingham High School, 1301 W. Grove Avenue, Effingham, IL. Performance Time: 8:45PM

Competition Details

2:30 Meet at Centennial to practice. Wear layers on top of your Centennial shorts and Michael Jackson shirts. 

Please bring snacks to share on the trip. Snacks can be donated by the band truck and trailers.

3:30 Load buses with instruments and uniforms

4:00 Depart

5:00 Arrive in Effingham 

Watch bands

7:00 Return to buses to get dressed

7:40 Official Warm Up

8:45 Perform

9:15 Awards

11:15 Return to Centennial

Metamora Band Competition, Saturday, 10/8

posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:29 PM by Regina Ray   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 8:31 PM ]

Metamora Township High School, 101 W Madison Street, Metamora, IL 61548.
Admission Prices: 
Adults - $7, Students - $5, Seniors - $5 & Program - $3

1:00PM: Practice at Centennial
7:30PM: Perform at Metamora
9:45PM: Awards
Midnight: Arrive at Centennial

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