RPS All City Music Festival is March 19

Coming from a background in athletics, I think of the All-City Music Festival as sort of an all-star game for the Rockford Public Schools music departments. It features all four of our high schools performing together at the same time, and it really is one of the top events of the year for RPS music. The All City Music Festival will take place at Coronado next Wednesday, March 19, starting at 7 p.m. During the performance, you’ll see the bands, orchestras and choirs from Guilford, Auburn, Jefferson and East on the stage together. It’s such a...

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Advice to prospective CAPA students: ‘Put yourself out there’

Put yourself out there. Don’t be nervous. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t ever think that you shouldn’t audition, just because there’s a chance that you won’t get in. That’s solid advice from people who know. They’ve been through the audition process for the RPS Creative and Performing Arts program at Auburn High School. Auburn student Ben Bear produced a video earlier this year that perfectly illustrates the CAPA program at Auburn: See it here. A link to that video appeared in an Illinois Association for Gifted Children email newsletter....

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RPS instrument petting zoo to build on momentum in music programs

Rockford Public Schools’ instrument petting zoo will go on as scheduled Wednesday through Friday at Riverfront Museum Park. (The first two days were cancelled because of weather-related school closings. They will be rescheduled.) The zoo is for fifth graders; it is designed to let them touch, listen and play with instruments. The Register Star’s Corina Curry did a great job describing the event, in which 2,000 students are expected to pass through the doors of the museum park. They will see how a bow feels in their hand. They...

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Rock musician to Lincoln students: ‘This is where it starts’

Before Bun E. Carlos was the drummer for rock band Cheap Trick, recording platinum records and touring the world, he was Brad Carlson, a middle schooler at Lincoln Middle School from 1963-1966. Carlos spoke with Lincoln sixth, seventh and eighth graders in band, orchestra and glee choir today about what it takes to have a music career. Some students had heard of Cheap Trick – the band that made it big in the ‘70s and ‘80s with songs like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and “The Flame.” The band also did the theme for “The...

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