Music Department

 Mr. Marshall White 
Instrumental Music/
Resource Teacher 



Mr. John Wambach

Mr. Patrick Fowler 


 Ms. Lisa Itkin
 Choral Music


The B-CC Music Department has earned two Grammy Foundation awards and offers eight instrumental ensembles, three choral ensembles, guitar, piano, and IB music classes. Extracurriculars include pep band, drum line, pit orchestra, small quartets, and combos. Nearly 500 students enroll in a music class each semester. 

  Grammy cover 

  Why Study Music? 

"A Musical Fix for American Schools" (Wall Street Journal, 2014) highlights research on how music training boosts IQ, focus, and persistence. 

  Tri-M Music Honor Society 

 Concert Attire~It's Required

All musicians must wear concert attire to performances: 
  • Females wear the black Lillian gown (click to order).
  • Males wear a tuxedo comparable to the "Basic Tuxedo Package" (click to order) 
  • Choirs wear robes. 
  • Gently-used concert attire is sold each Fall at the Music Boosters' Community Closet sale: Dresses are $40; Tuxedo jackets are $20, pants $20, shirts $10, cummerbund or bow tie $5. Re-sale proceeds benefit the Music Dept. Exchanges for a larger size are free. (The last sale was 10/27/18; if you missed it and still need the req. attire, email for an appointment for your student to try on outfits.

Handbooks for Ensembles and Classes           

Class Assignments


Great Ways to Support the Music Department

  • Book the String Quartet or Jazz Combo for your next gathering (contact Marshall White:
  • Attend the October Overture and the February Cabaret (also very fun events!)
  • Donate an instrument (contact Marshall White:
  • Donate gently-used concert attire to the B-CC Music Community Closet
  • Buy gently-used concert attire from the Community Closet
  • Join the Music listserv for news and events 
  • Eat more fruit! :)

Frequently Asked Questions 


{To post a photo or news item, contact}



Chicago 2019 Music Trip

 Trip Letter with Parent Permission Form, Health Emergency Form, Etc. (Due: December 20) 


  A huge thank you to all who attended the October Overture 2018 ~ and esp. to the performers (our talented music teachers), everyone who brought wine and desserts to make it such a delicious party, and to our gracious hosts, Elizabeth Cavanagh and Jon Wilkins!  (Our next community event is the Cabaret on Feb. 8; mark your calendars now and don't miss it)
  AND a huge thank you to all who purchased fruit and cheesecake at our annual Music Boosters Fruit Fundraiser! (The ordering deadline was Oct. 28; shipment is tentatively scheduled for the week of 11/12/2018. ) Our vendor is PeeJay’s Fresh Fruit ( orders help us defray the many costs of running a top-notch music program. FORTY PERCENT of your purchase is going directly to support the Music Department! 

  AND yet another huge thank you
to all who participated in the B-CC Music Boosters Community Closet Sale -- from those who donated gently-used concert attire, to those who purchased it, to those who sorted and organized it all -- it was a great success!  (If you missed the sale and still need attire, contact to make an appointment for your child to try on outfits.)  

 Join the Music Listserv to hear our latest news and coming events. 

  Calendar of Events and Performances           

 Music Boosters: Upcoming Dates for 2018-19 School Year 

Dec. 12 & 13:  7:00 pm -- Winter Concerts
Dec. 20: Deadline to submit forms and deposit for Chicago 2019 Music Trip
Feb. 8:  7:00-9:30 pm -- Cabaret (Spring fundraiser)
Apr. 4-7:  Music Trip to Chicago
Apr. 24 & 25:  7:00 pm -- Spring Concerts 

 We're Always Collecting 'Community Closet'
Concert Attire Donations...
 The Community Closet gladly accepts your gently-used concert attire to help outfit freshmen and others who have outgrown their current uniform. Re-sale proceeds benefit the Music Department!  Please bring concert dresses and tuxedos (including bow ties and cummerbunds) to the donation box in the B-CC Front Office.
(For info. about Community Closet, contact    
  Donation Box

B-CC Tri-M Car Magnets

Donate $5 and get a B-CC Tri-M car magnet! Contact to order,  or buy one at the Cabaret, Used Book Sale Café, and Spring concerts.

 Tri-M Music Magnets


Music Boosters work hard to make fundraising lots of fun with Overtures :) Fruit :)
Cabarets :) Community Closets :) Cheesecake :)  but if that's not your thing, or even if it is, please consider supporting the B-CC Music Program with a direct donation.  Donate online through (select B-CC High School Music Dept) or use the offline form for check and cash donations. Request for Music Department Donations

Past Performances: 

The Spring 2018 Music Concerts capped off a great school year for music students performing on  Night 1 and  Night 2.                          

 Jazz Combo 11-3-17   Jazz Combo 11-5-17
 The Jazz Ensemble had a busy first week of November playing at the National Press Club for the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala and the Western Grove Urban Park park opening celebration.  
 The 2017 October Overture featured wonderful music performed by our music teachers and parents!  View performances here .

 Jazz Combo September 2017

 The Jazz Ensemble performed in October at the Rollingwood Citizens Association picnic to rave reviews. "The Jazz Combo was fantastic! They are all terrific musicians, emanating professionalism and poise. When we decided to move them outdoors, they took the change in stride. They were a credit to themselves and to B-CC."