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Bring Lyres & Flip Folders to Band Camp

posted Jul 22, 2018, 7:00 AM by Regina Ray

Band Camp starts this Monday. Students will want to have their own Lyre and Flip Folder. These are available at The Music Shoppe and we will have extras here at school for the students. The Lyres are made for each instrument. I recommend the bell clip-on lyres for trumpet and mellophone. Sousaphone players can use Flute Lyres. They attach to the forearm. 

Summer/Fall Calendar 2018

posted Jul 20, 2018, 4:58 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 5:17 AM ]


Camp Schedule

July 23-25th:  9AM to Noon - Full Band; 8AM Percussion, Colorguard,  and Leaders.

July 26, 27th: 8AM to 5PM - Full Band Rehearsal. Section Lunches from Noon to 1:30PM.

July 30 - Aug 3rd: 8AM to 5PM - Full Band Rehearsal. Lunch Noon-1:30PM.

Thurs, Aug 2nd: 7:30AM - Cardinal’s Game and Performance. 8PM return to Centennial.

Fri, Aug 3rd: 8AM to 3:30PM - Final rehearsal. 5PM Dinner Performance for parents.


Performance Schedule

Saturday, 8/25: Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana Afternoon/Evening

Friday, 8/31: Home Football Game - 5:15PM Call time with marching band t-shirts

Friday, 9/7: Home Football Game with Full Uniforms - 5:15 Call time

Saturday, 9/8: UI Band Day Performance, Details TBA

Saturday, 9/15: Six Flags St. Louis Performance, 7:30 AM Load Buses at Centennial. Return at 9:30 PM 

Saturday, 9/22: Centennial Homecoming Game at Memorial Stadium. Morning Times TBA

Saturday, 10/6: Newton/Robinson - All day

Friday, 10/12: Home Football Game

Saturday, 10/13: Olivet Nazarene University Band Day Performance - Details TBA

Saturday, 10/20: El Paso Competition - Details TBA

Monday, 10/22: Marching Band Awards Concert

Saturday, 11/10: EIU Band Day - Optional, more information to come later


Summer Blood Donation Challenge: July 9th - July 14th

posted Jul 9, 2018, 5:17 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 5:17 AM ]

It’s time for the annual Summer High School Blood Donation Challenge!  This week, July 9th - July 14th, we’re coming together to help save lives.  Centennial, Central, and Urbana High Schools are all trying to get 20+ donations (each) during the week to help the bands earn a $250+ grant.  Come in to donate and credit your school.

Summer High School Challenge
July 9th - July 14th
Monday/Friday: 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00Am - 6:00PM
Saturday, 7:30AM - Noon

Urbana Donor Center
1408 W. University Avenue, Urbana, IL

All presenting donors will ALSO receive a voucher to redeem for a $5 Subway or Amazon Gift card.

Call (217) 367-2202 to schedule an appointment to donate blood.  Register with code 70983C. Walk-in are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Morgan at amorgan@mvrbc.org.

Thank you for your support!
Centennial Band Boosters

2018 Spring Gala Donation Request

posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:10 PM by Regina Ray

Every year in the Spring, we put together an outstanding performance and fundraising event, the Centennial Bands Gala and Auction.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is always an exciting event to attend, but we need the help of A LOT of people to make it a success again this year.  It is impossible for only a handful of people to put this together on their own.  

We are at the critical stage of getting donations.  These donations are the items and services that we will be auctioning.  Without these items, we have no auction.  Do you frequent, own, or work at a business that could donate items? Do you have a creative hobby and want to make something to donate? If so, we would greatly appreciate your help.  Past popular auction items include:

  • Gift cards for local restaurants, movie theaters, bowling lanes, nail salons, hair salons, and spas
  • Music lessons, driving school lessons, and ACT preparation courses
  • Services, including piano tuning and instrument repair
  • Themed gift baskets 
  • Framed art
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Pool passes and golf outings
  • Tickets to a special event
  • Weekend getaways 
  • Illini, Parkland, Centennial, or professional sports gear and memorabilia
  • Centennial Band Quilt
We also have lists of items that have been donated in the past and we need people to contact these businesses to find out if they will donate again. Attached is a donation request letter that  should be given to anyone that is donating an item for auction.  If you are planning to ask someone for a donation, please take this letter with you. Copies of the letter will also be available at the band concert on Thursday, February 22. 

All donations are requested by April 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Ray at coordinator@chargerbands.com.

Thank you for your support!

Centennial Band Boosters






Dessert and Snacks Requested for Band Concert on February 23

posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:06 PM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 12:07 PM ]

We are requesting donations of two veggie trays, two meat and cheese trays, Rice Krispy treats, cookies, and cupcakes (no items containing nuts, peanut butter, or peanut oil, 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 around 6:30PM. If you are interested in helping, please contact Saleema Young at hospitality@chargerbands.com

Final Payment for the Chicago Trip is due on Thursday, March 1st

posted Feb 17, 2018, 10:50 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 17, 2018, 10:51 AM ]

This is a friendly reminder that the final payment for the Chicago band trip is due on Thursday, March 1st. 
   
If you have not sent your payment, please mail it to Centennial Charger Band Boosters, P.O. Box 6093, Champaign, IL  61826-6093, as soon as possible. Also, please note your child’s name in the memo section of the check.

If you have any questions about the amount owed, please refer to your most recent band account statement. 

Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival - Saturday, 2/10

posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:38 AM by Regina Ray



6:15 AM Depart for Charleston

7:30 Leave Cases in our assigned homeroom

7:50 Official Warm Up

8:15 Schulze Jazz Band Performs in Dvorak Hall

9:30 Allen Jazz Ensemble Performs in Dvorak Hall

11:30 Combo Performs in the Theater

12:00 Clinic with Andy Martin

1:00 Concert with EIU Jazz Ensemble and Andy Martin

2:00 Clinics for each instrument

3:00 Depart for home

4:30 Return to Centennial


Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Festival - Saturday, 2/3/18

posted Jan 27, 2018, 9:09 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 4:00 AM ]

The Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (1312 Park St, Bloomington, IL).  Below is the schedule for the day:

7:15 AM Load Buses at Centennial

7:30 AM Buses Depart

8:00 Jazz Band (Schulze) Warm Up in Cartwright Homeroom

9:30 Jazz Band Performs in Memorial Center Main Lounge

10:00 Jazz Band Clinic

10:30 Jazz Ensemble (Allen) Warm Up

11:15 Jazz Ensemble Performance in MCML

11:40 Jazz Ensemble Clinic

1:00 Concert with IWU Jazz Ensemble in Presser Hall

2:15 Clinics

Rhythm Section -167 Trombones: Jim Pugh-308

Tpts: Todd Kelly -16 Saxes: Travis Thacker -258

3:00 Combo Warm Up

4:00 Combo Performs

4:30 Combo Clinic

5:00 Depart for Home

6:00 Arrive at Centennial

Directions: Take I-74 West to Route 51 (North Business Exit #135). Travel about 2 miles to Veterans Parkway North (Business 55 Chicago) exit. Proceed about 3.5 miles, turn left onto Route 9 (Pekin West Exit). Travel about two miles to Park Street and turn right.

Solo & Ensemble Sign-ups

posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:43 PM by Regina Ray

Here is a link to a google form with information about this years solo and ensemble festiva at Broadlands High School on Saturday, March 3rd. Please let the Band Directors know if you have any questions.

Jazz Band Rehearsals Resume on 1/9

posted Jan 8, 2018, 5:33 PM by Regina Ray

We will resume normal jazz rehearsal schedules on Tuesday, January 9th.

The top jazz band will perform at Spectrum next week on January 19th and 20th. The 18th will be a full dress rehearsal and group picture after school until around 7:30. Due to no school on Monday, January 15th, Spectrum will be shortened to Friday and Saturday performances this year. 

The Jazz Bands will also perform at Illinois Weslyan on February 3rd, Eastern Illinois University on February 10th, Market Place Mall on February 15th, Central HS on April 13, and at our Spring Gala on April 14.

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