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    Carterville High School
    Carterville, Illinois

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    Pride of the Lions

  • Providing positive
    life-changing experiences
    for our students

  • Building teamwork skills
    and discipline

  • Building Life Long
    Friendships

  • Exploring the Importance
    of Music
    in our Lives

IHSA Organizational Contest
By: Mr. Williams - Apr. 18, 2018

Two very solid IHSA Organizational Contest performances with some of the hardest literature I have programmed for both bands in four years. Congratulations to the CHS Concert Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Winds on back to back Division I (Superior) ratings at the 2018 IHSA Organizational Contest! They received a I rating from each judge for both ensembles. Extremely proud of the students, especially with their performance of Holst’s Second Suite.

One final note, the Carterville High School Concert Jazz Ensemble received the “Best of Day” Award for the Friday night instrumental performances at Nashville’s IHSA Organizational Contest. Another congratulations are in order to them for this very high honor! Great work all around students, very proud of you.

Pride Spring Training 2018
By: Mr. Williams - Mar. 24, 2018

CHS Band Parents/Guardians and Students, please read my letter regarding spring training for marching band as well as our Spring rehearsal schedule.

Carterville Bands Solo and Ensemble Recital Concert
By: Mr. Williams - Mar. 23, 2018

Pictures from our Carterville Bands Solo and Ensemble Recital Concert can be found here. Performances included students from the 6th Grade Band and the High School Band. Great job students!

Spring Trip to Chicago
By: Mr. Williams - Mar. 23, 2018

A fantastic spring trip to Chicago for the Carterville High School Fine Arts Department! Congratulations to the CHS Symphonic Winds on their Gold Rating and to the CHS Concert Choir on their Silver Rating during the 2018 Performing Arts Consultants "Windy City Classic" Music Festival. Here are just a few moments from our adventures in the Windy City: See Photos

Lions’ Classic 2018
By: Mr. Williams - Mar. 13, 2018

Early Registration is now open for the 2018 Lions’ Classic! Mark your calendars high school band directors for Saturday, October 6th, 2018. To download this year’s letter and application, please click HERE or click on the Lions’ Classic menu bar item found to the left.

2018 IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest Announcement
By: Mr. Williams - Mar. 12, 2018

Congratulations to all Carterville High School Band and Choir students on a very successful day at the 2018 IHSA State Solo and Ensemble contest. Our department finished 9th overall in the State for Class B, putting us in the Top 10 for Sweepstakes points heading into Organizational Contest in April. Great work students! 

2018 River to River Honor Bands Festival
By: Mr. Williams - Mar 3, 2018

What a great festival on the SIUC campus! Congratulations to all CHS Band students who participated in the 2018 River to River Honor Bands Festival this past Tuesday, February 27th. Photos here.

2018 River to River Honor Band Ensembles
By: Mr. Williams - Feb 13, 2018

‪These CHS band students will perform as part of the 2018 River to River Honor Band Ensemble, on the campus of SIU Carbondale Tuesday, February 27th. Congratulations to all students who were nominated and to those who were accepted. Great work once again!

Honor Jazz Band:
Makenzie Henton, Alto Saxophone
Will Levins, Trumpet
Isabel Cordero, Trombone
Sheldon Griffith, Guitar
Ethan Tanner, Drum set
Honor Symphonic Band:
Neha Arun, Oboe
Marshall Brown, Euphonium
Thomas Wood, Trombone
Tabitha Koch, Flute
Abby Null, Baritone Saxophone
Elizabeth Bush, Tenor Saxophone
Ashton Plemmons, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Hagan, Tuba

Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
By: Mr. Williams - Feb 3, 2018

‪Congratulations to the CJE for a good early season performance this morning at the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The group earned an Excellent Rating across the board and had a great clinic! Not bad after dealing with 3 snow days and a flu pandemic in the entire band. Great work once again!

2018 Illinois Music Education Association’s All-State Honors Concert
By: Mr. Williams - Jan 31, 2018

‪Congratulations to Thomas Wood, Honors All-State Orchestra, 4th Chair Trombone and Marshall Brown, Honors All-State Band, 4th Chair Euphonium. Both made the top ensembles at IMEC 2018. They represented CHS Bands proudly at the 2018 Illinois Music Education Association’s All-State Honors Concert this past Saturday! Eyes with Pride! Some photos of this past weekend’s rehearsals and performances are found here:

New Uniform Design
By: Mr. Williams - Jan 19, 2018

We are very happy to announce our new uniform design for the Pride of the Lions Marching Band. Take a peek here.

A Winter Concert
By: WebGuy - Dec 12, 2017

Many thanks to Mr. Williams and all the students performing at last night's Winter Concert. The music was wonderful an the evening was filled with joy and the holiday spirit. Some photos are available here.

2017 ILMEA D6 Senior Festival
By: Nicholas Williams - Nov 21, 2017

These 3 Carterville High School Band students represented CHS Bands proudly at the 2017 ILMEA D6 Senior Festival. Congratulations to Thomas Wood, 1st Chair Trombone All District Orchestra, Neha Arun, Second Chair Oboe All District Orchestra, and Marshall Brown 1st Chair Euphonium All District Band. We are very proud of you! A few photos are here.

Another Successful Marching Season
By: Nicholas Williams - Nov 04, 2017

2nd Place at Pinckneyville in Class 2A, with Best Color Guard and Percussion captions. Add another performance in Belleville and we will call that an end to a very successful season. All I can say is that I have the hardest working students, staff, and parents, in one of the most supporting communities for band in Southern Illinois. A great end to an enjoyable season. Thank you parents and students! Until next year. Photos HERE.

2017 Music in Motion at SIU
By: Nicholas Williams - Oct 21, 2017

First place in their class today at SIU Music in Motion - Your very own Carterville Pride of the Lions Marching Band. CONGRATULATIONS PRIDE - You Earned it!

Some photos from the event are available here.

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2017 ILMEA All-District Senior Festival
By: Nicholas Williams - Oct 17, 2017

Congratulations to Marshall Brown (Euphonium, Band), Neha Arun (Oboe II, Orchestra), and Thomas Wood (Trombone I, Orchestra) for making the 2017 ILMEA All-District Senior Festival. They will participate in the festival on the campus of SIU Carbondale on Saturday, November 18th. Great work once again!.

2017 McKendree Preview of Champions
By: Nicholas Williams - Oct 17, 2017

Congratulations to the Pride of the Lions for placing 2nd in Class 3A at the 2017 McKendree Preview of Champions. The Pride Color Guard finished in the top 2 of the whole competition, scoring an 81. The band itself finished in the top 3 of the entire competition. Great work students, parents, and staff!.

2017 Murphysboro Drums at Appletime
By: Nicholas Williams - Oct 17, 2017

Congratulations to the Pride of the Lions on a successful first competition of the season at the 2017 Murphysboro Drums at Appletime. Second place in class 2A and our Color Guard placed 4th Overall out of 11 bands. Congrats once again!.