Winterguard wins SCGC SAA Championship!

WinterGuardWe are so proud and excited to announce that on Saturday, March 28,  our Franklin High School Winterguard won the 2015 Southeastern Color Guard Circuit SAA Class Championship!

Their show “Silence” was inspired by the idea of a one-side relationship, and featured so many wonderful and expressive elements, even a “silent” (get it?) flag feature.

More important than scores or placements is the guard’s process of growth and improvement this season.  Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!

University of Illinois Wind Symphony in concert this Friday


As part of their Nashville CBDNA tour, this Friday, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony will perform at Centennial High School at 7pm.

Comprised of approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate students who have attained the highest level of proficiency on their instruments, the Illinois Wind Symphony is the premiere ensemble of the University of Illinois band program. Performing the finest available repertoire, the ensemble’s performances include traditional wind band literature, one-per-part chamber works and premiere performances of new compositions in the ever expanding wind band genre.  The ensemble works on the flexible “pool” concept so that each work in the curriculum is staffed with the instrumentation envisioned by the composer.  The Illinois Wind Symphony performs a minimum of three concerts per semester, and is among the top ensembles in the band profession in performance standards as well as developing the future in training wind players in a variety of conducted ensemble settings. The performance range of this ensemble includes campus, state, regional, national and international events and venues. The Illinois Wind Symphony is open to music majors and non-majors by audition.

This year, the Illinois Wind Symphony will perform at the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Nashville, Tennessee on March 28, 2015. Their selection was determined through a ‘blind’ juried process last year.  1991 marked the last time the University of Illinois performed at a CBDNA national convention.

2011 Franklin High graduate Katherine Aydelott will perform as principal bassoonist.

This concert is free and open to the public.


Good luck, Franklin Winds!

FullSizeRenderOn Thursday, our new chamber group The Franklin Winds, will travel to Indianapolis to participate in the Music for All National Festival.  MFA has added a new component, a chamber music festival.  Their program is:

  • Vier Grotesken, by Friedrich Wanek
  • Old Wine in New Bottles, by Gordon Jacob

We are so proud of them!  And congrats to Mr. Jacob Campos, their conductor.  The students are:


  • Christine Barham
  • Audrey Binnicker
  • Madelyn Vincent


  • Mia Unni


  • Chase Lantz
  • Emily Sanders


  • Maddox Myers
  • Meagan Vincent
  • Claire Terrell
  • Kat Olson


  • Sam Stone
  • Chandler Wilder


  • Mikaela Ray
  • Meredith Aydelott