Community Consolidated School District 50's Middle School Marching Wildcats
band will join the Warren Township High School Marching Blue Devils and the
Viking Middle School band from Gurnee District 56 to perform their marching
routine in exhibition style at 7 p.m., September 13 at the Warren Township High
School Stadium O'Plaine campus football stadium, 500 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.
Admission is free, but each year
band directors from the three school organizations choose a beneficiary of
donations collected in drums before the performances. This year’s recipient
will be the high school band program in Kingwood, Texas. There was more than
five feet of water in KHS, reaching the second floor. The music wing, located
on the first floor, suffered the most damage. Carolyn Awe, a band director at
Woodland, raised awareness about the losses in Kingwood as she has family ties
to the school. Due to all the flooding and damage, Kingwood students are being
bused to another high school in that district for their education this year.
Woodland Middle School Band Director
Elise Matusek said, “We try to instill in our band students here in Gurnee that band is family.
Whether it’s in our own schools, across town, across the state, or across the
country, band is one huge family. Please show the Kingwood, Texas band family
we are here to help.”
A video about the damage at the Texas school is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S-zlVK8pQQ&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
In the past, drums have been filled with donations to help victims
of Hurricane Katrina, support for the American Red Cross, various cancer
societies, the Iowa Flood Relief Fund, the Warren Food Pantry, and animal
shelters. The drum may be filled with cash or checks made out to Warren Band
Those in attendance will
hear familiar current and past dance songs performed by Woodland Middle School
students. Songs will include “Dancing in the Streets,” “Java Dance,” and “Shut
Up and Dance.”
Woodland Marching Wildcats are directed by Elise Matusek, Carolyn Awe and Greg
For more information please contact Elise Matusek at (847) 856-3670.