August 10 Updates:

  1. Drill files are posted on Canvas!
    1. Includes animation, coordinate sheets and drill pages
      1. Drill Assignment numbers will be updated soon, but please take a moment to review the animation!
        1. You will notice that the drill may seem easier, but please be reminded that we will be adding lower body choreography anytime we are standing.
    2. Dot Books have arrived and will be distributed at Tuesday’s rehearsal.
  2. Choreography study assignment
    1. As discussed last week, a page with various links can be found within Modules –> Visual Module –> Dance Block as to studying choreography from other bands, drum corps, professional dancers, etc.
      1. We will employ our students to create choreography options for various phrases in the show! (More student ownership!)
    2. Please watch the videos! These will help you learn, grow and be even more prepared for what’s to come this season!
  3. Medical Forms
    1. If you have not completed your medical forms, please return these ASAP!
    2. Marching Redhawks Medical Form (2 Pages)
  4. Marching Band Fees
    1. As a friendly reminder, our first $52 District fee is/was due today.
    2. Payments can be submitted tomorrow, Tuesday, if paying by check or you are welcomed to pay via our website:
      1. NCHS Marching Redhawks Forms, Fees and Online Payments
    3. Please contact the band office if you have any questions or concerns regarding band fees.
  5. Parent Performance Update
    1. Each year, at the end of band camp, we typically would host our families in a “Parent Preview” to allow parents and family members to view the wonderful progress of their participating child in the ensemble.
    2. I have finally received a confirmation from our administration that we will not be allowed to host parents in the stands for any form of a parent preview at the end of camp, even if we reduced or reserved the number of spectators at scheduled times.
      1. These decisions are being made at the district level to best control the current COVID-19 concerns on school grounds.
    3. Our next solution is that we are working with HawkTV to create a private portal that will allow us to broadcast what we have to our band families. Please keep in mind that we will be somewhat limited on our presentation given many factors of our band camp structure this year.
      1. NOTE: We do ask that, once shared, the links not be posted publicly (i.e. social media) as we do not want to encounter any music copyright issues.
    4. More information will come within the next day or so, but we are very happy to be able to collaborate with our high school’s media outlet, HawkTV!
  6. Other traditional senior celebrations
    1. I am happy to work with a small team of parents to coordinate efforts to celebrate our senior students as appropriate. Please do know that there will be limitations as we move forward and administrative approval may be necessary, depending on the structure of the event.
  7. Calendar
    1. After the completion of band camp this week, we will begin our Monday and Wednesday evening rehearsals, 6 – 9PM, on Monday August 17th. We have been approved by our administration to meet with the delayed start to the school year.
    2. As previously stated, we do not have any Saturday commitments on our schedule.
    3. At this time, I do not see us going past early to mid-October with our rehearsals, depending on where we are at with the production by that time. I would, however, like to leave our window of time open as would be a typical season.
      1. We would typically be done by middle to late October.
    4. I will be able to confirm the ending of our season once a few new performance opportunities are clarified and/or confirmed.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this update and we look forward to getting back to work tomorrow!


Mr. Estes

Due August 14: Parent/Family “Plan B” Show Shirt Orders (for all sections) <<Order link

Online Form Due by August 10 –

Pay fees, fill out online forms and print forms here:

2020 Marching Band Fees- Additional Information

Greetings families!

I hope that everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day! LONG, DETAILED POST! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

I wanted to take a moment to respond to everyone as there have been multiple questions from families regarding our plans for the season. First, it has been awesome to be back in front of your kids! We have all missed being in the activity and the students are doing absolutely great during our 2nd day of band camp!

I’d like everyone to place take a moment to read the attached email/pdf. This is a copy of the email that was sent on July 22nd outlining the direction of our Fall season. In this email, you’ll find some details on our rehearsal plans and vision for the season. This vision is to give a season to our seniors, those who have been with us for 4 years now. We want our seniors to be able to walk away knowing that they were still able to experience marching band in the Fall of 2020, even if in its reduced fashion.

We also want to ensure that our newest members are able to experience marching band at NCHS for the first time and continue to build in the traditions, learning, team building and performance experiences that are gained from this activity. We look forawrd to all of our Marching Redhawks making this the best season yet and preparing our band for an even better 2021 season!

As to the ending of the season, at this time, we are anticipating to end our season by early to mid October…if not sooner! Our “Plan B” show is being designed to be half the length of our normal competitive show with a little less drill, allowing us to move through the learning then cleaning process a little faster.

As you may have seen from my previous communications regarding scheduling, we are only scheduled to rehearse on Mondays and Wednesday 6 – 9PM (6 hours a week). No Saturday engagements are scheduled at this time. There have been discussions with colleagues in the field about virtual marching band opportunities, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. I will keep everyone posted if that does become a reality, but I think that could be super fun as well!

Summer and Fall Rehearsal Schedule 2020

With that, our fees have been drastically reduced to offset the elimination of many of our higher cost line items, including: Football feasts, BOA fees, uniform and accessories fees, etc.

As it is itemized, our marching band fee of $325 is broken up into the essentials as follows:

  • Show Shirt – $15
  • Summer Fees – $98
  • Fall Fees – $160
  • Total before any optional accessories – $325

To clarify these summer and fall fees, this is how we pay our staffing each year. We are very fortunate to have some of the best in the Chicagoland area to assist in teaching our students!

As you may know, our students were assigned practice modules over the summer. There was a lot of thought, expertise and structure put into these modules that were created as a staff; as a team. Our summer fees assist in compensating our staff for the hours spent making videos and structuring content to help prepare our students via remote instruction. These fees also include our 9 days of band camp, plus our 6 hours a week of Fall band rehearsals.

With that, if there are any further questions or concerns regarding our plans for this season, please do not hesitate to contact me. This is a crucial time for us as we prepare to submit our numbers to our drill designer on Wednesday 8.5 so that he can write and deliver drill by Monday 8.10. If there are ANY concerns, please let me know ASAP!

Sorry for the length of this email, but I hope this helps to clarify.


Mr. Estes

Pay Fees and Find Forms Here

2020 Marching Band Fees

We are happy to finally present our marching band fees for 2020.

For the 2020 season, our fees will be $325 for all students (winds, percussion, colorguard and DM’s). There are some areas where a student might need to order an accessory as necessary, but the base fee for required materials is $325 for all students.

This does include the $52 district registration fee. We would like to request that the district fee is submitted by next Monday, August 10th. The remaining balance will be due by August 31st. If you have any questions or concerns, please simply send an email to Mr. Estes ( or our department secretary, Mrs. Padmanabhan (

Lastly, I have also included our Medical Form. We need this back ASAP!! We would prefer to have all medical forms by Tuesday’s rehearsal, but Wednesday at the latest. I will have hard copies also available at the beginning of rehearsal.

  1. Marching Band Fees – >pay here<
  2. Marching Band Fees – Colorguard – >pay here<
  3. Medical Form

Please note that if you are using a district-owned piece of equipment, you will also be responsible for a $50 rental fee, separate from the fees on the fee sheet. Contracts to be sent separately!

Thank you, as always, for being flexible with us through it all!


Mr. Estes

Band Camp 2020 Information

Greetings Marching Redhawks!

We’ve made it to August and now, it’s time to get the band back together!! As we prepare for Band Camp 2020, we’ve got many important details that I ask all student members and families to review in great detail.

This year’s camp (and season) are going to be a bit different, but we are still excited at the opportunity to work hard, be creative, and make our mark as the NCHS Marching Redhawks 2020!

Band Camp 2020 is here!

Lots of details to cover, so here we go!

Camp Details:

  • Who:

    • All Marching Redhawks (DM’s, Colorguard, Winds and Percussion)

  • Meeting/Drop-off Location:

    • Lot D (Behind auditorium/Band Entrance)

    • Outside Door 29

  • Check-in:

    • Students will complete our COVID-19 Symptoms Survey upon arrival each day.

    • There will be multiple locations along the fencing to scan the QR code and also to have temperature checked by a staff member.

  • Times:

    • Week 1:

      • Monday through Friday (8/3 – 8/7)

        • Winds, Colorguard and Battery – 2 – 6PM

        • FRONT ENSEMBLE (Only) will meet from 12 – 4PM

      • Saturday (8/8) – NO REHEARSAL

      • Sunday (8/9) – NO REHEARSAL

    • Week 2:

      • Monday through Thursday (8/10 – 8/13)

        • All meet 2 – 6PM daily.

        • Note: If freshman orientation still happens this week, those students should give priority to attending their orientation events then rejoin the Marching Redhawks upon completion.

        • Parent Presentation:

          • At this time, we do not plan to have a formal parent presentation at the end of camp. We will communicate any future plans as soon as they are finalized.

  • Pick Up:

    • We will meet and dismiss from the stadium.

    • Parents may pick up students from stadium parking lot.

General/Daily Reminders (what to bring):

  • Masks:

    • All students MUST have a functional mask that covers their mouth and nose.

    • Students will have the opportunity to remove their mask when playing wind instruments, however, should re-cover their mouth and nose while not playing.

  • Social Distancing:

    • All students should practice social distancing during rehearsals and while transitioning.

    • All students will be expected to maintain 6 feet minimum from each other at all times.

  • Instruments/Equipment:

    • No Equipment storage – Students should continue to transport equipment home and back each day with the exception of front ensemble students.

  • Meals:

    • Students should eat a healthy meal and hydrate with plenty of water well before arriving for rehearsal.

    • Meals will not be served during band camp this year. 

      • Students are welcomed to bring non-perishable snacks stored in a backpack, to be accessed only during breaks.

  • Rehearsal Structure:

    • Please be on time! If rehearsal begins at 2PM, please allow 15  – 20 minutes minimum prior to the start of rehearsal for check-in,  equipment setup or and/or transit to rehearsal locations.

      • Students should not be dropped off at 2PM.

  • Rehearsal ending times:

    • At the end of rehearsals, we will always meet for announcements and dismissal by 6PM. We will be outside daily, so please dress comfortably:

  • Rehearsal Attire:

    • No Jeans, EVER!!

      • If pants are ever necessary, please ensure that they are athletic pants, free of restrictive movement

    • Light colored shirts

    • Athletic shorts are preferred over cargo shorts.

      • Students must be able to move with

    • Gym shoes and socks

      • No Flip Flops for anyone, EVER!!

    • Hats, SUN BLOCK (High SPF), sunglasses, and WATER are very important!

      • Your water jug should hold a minimum of 1/2 Gallon of water or larger and be insulated to protect from the heat.

    • …did I say Sun Screen?!?! RE-APPLY!!

  • Music Binders:

    • All warm ups and music printed and placed in clear plastic sheets within a ½ – 1 inch binder.

    • All music can be downloaded from CANVAS → FILES.

    • Clips to hold music in the wind are a good accessory (highly encouraged)

    • Music stands will be provided (wiped down at end of rehearsal).

    • Pencils (Mechanical Pencils are highly encouraged)

  • “Dot Books”:

    • We will discuss dot books going into week 2. Our first week will strictly be focused on music and fundamentals.

  • Ear Plugs:

    • If you have pre-purchased earplugs, you may pick them up from the band office.

    • If you would like to purchase musician’s ear plugs, please bring $10 cash only.

Spirit Days

Lastly, please note the “spirit day” themes for each day of band camp:

Monday 8/3

Colored Shirt / Tie Dye Day

Monday 8/10

Crazy Hat Day

Tuesday 8/4

Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday 8/11

80s / Retro Day

Wednesday 8/5

Wacky Socks Day

Wednesday 8/12

Twin Day

Thursday 8/6

Hawaiian Day

Thursday 8/13

Superhero / Villain Day

Friday 8/7

Sports Day

We’re looking for the best section to show their section pride each day and win the coveted Spirit Stick! Who’s got spirit?!?!?

ATTENDANCE REMINDER: Attendance at band camp is expected. If you will be missing for an emergency reason, please make sure that you have communicated first with Mr. Estes THEN your section leader. 

Final Reminder:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and/or lunch and also hydrate BEFORE you arrive!!

    • Eat up!

    • “Drink. More. Water!”

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Estes (

Mr. Estes


August Band Camp (up to 5 hours/student)

  • Official Band Camp dates and times:
    • Week 1:  8/3- 8/7  2-6 pm (no Saturday rehearsal)
    • Week 2: 8/10-8/13 2-6 pm (no Friday or Saturday rehearsal)

Fall 2020 Rehearsal Schedule 

  • Monday – 6 – 9PM
  • Wednesday – 6 – 9PM

 This is a change due to our new Return to Learning district plan. The idea is to allow all students better opportunity to attend rehearsals whether in-school (Hybrid) or at home (remote learning)

Detailed information: 

Please find attached our remaining summer and fall schedule for the season. There have been significant changes/adjustments to times and some dates due to our current situation. Please review and update your calendars appropriately.

As we all should be aware at this time, the 2020 Marching Redhawks will not participate in any competitions due to our current pandemic as all local, state and now national (BOA) marching band contests have been cancelled. However, our mission is to still provide a safe, educational and memorable marching band experience for all our students, especially our seniors of the Class of 2021. While we don’t have a competition to prepare for, our students are still honing their craft as wind, percussion, colorguard and drum majors; taught by an experienced and highly knowledgable staff. Our students will continue to learn and develop traits that will prepare them for future careers, including leadership, character, responsibility, collaboration, accountability, in addition to the many performance-based traits that will be learned. We will continue to learn a “competitive style” marching band show with drill, only with the reduction in some areas such as the length of the production, the amount of drill, even the length of the season. (We have not finalized the ending date for the season as of yet.)

At this time, we are very unsure of a football season, but this information will be updated as information is delivered to me. For now, we appreciate your flexibility on “game time decisions.”

We are taking any and all precautions that we can to best ensure the safety of each and every student and staff member. While all things are fluid and ever-changing, some protocols may be adjusted from week to week. Things are going to look and feel different than they have in the past, but there is still an opportunity for us to have a safe and positive marching band experience.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility, as well, as we work through all of these very interesting challenges but we are thankful to have you with us. The Marching Redhawks experience is not about competition, rather it is about education and we are all learning throughout this.

Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Go Redhawks!

Brandon M. Estes
Band Director
Marching Redhawks Director
Naperville Central High School
630-778-3155 – office

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks Marching Redhawks Parent Meeting Update (click here)

7/8 Marching Redhawks Parent Meeting Update:

The Band Boosters Association has been hoping to communicate a rescheduled date for our 7/8 Marching Redhawks parent meeting.  However, the NCHS Band Office is waiting for D203 to approve in-person rehearsals and announce the fall school operating plan (along with fall sports and other activities) on 7/13.   Once that information is communicated through NCHS and the Band Office contacts the BBA we will reschedule our Marching Redhawks parent meeting.    Please continue to direct your specific marching band questions to  Mr. Estes at

For other general questions, you may also contact your student’s section parent band ambassador (usually your section leader’s parents) or the BBA (VP, Volunteer Coordinator – or Webmaster –

Until then, please stay healthy and encourage your student to keep up with emails, attend the weekly Zoom meetings, check in with section leaders and keep working on the wonderful Marching Redhawks’ Canvas modules that Mr. Estes is providing

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks July 7 updates (click here)

7/7 Marching Redhawks Updates

Hello all!

This is a notification/confirmation that we will not be able to meet tomorrow (Wednesday 7/8) as we’d hoped. Please take a quick moment to view the following video:

We will still meet at 5:30PM on our Zoom call to catch up:

Brandon Estes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NC MB: Weekly Wednesday Check-In Meetings
Time: Jul 8, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until Jul 22, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)
Jul 8, 2020 05:30 PM
Jul 15, 2020 05:30 PM
Jul 22, 2020 05:30 PM

Links to Zoom meetings are available in the email or please contact

Lastly, please don’t forget about your Week 5 Modules! Keep up the great work gang!


Mr. Estes

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks June 25 Meeting (click here)

6/25 Marching Redhawks Updates

  • During the month of June through July 3, the Marching Redhawks have been using a very innovative Canvas class and weekly zoom sessions developed by Mr Estes and his staff to keep students engaged and develop marching and music technique!
    • July 1- Marching Redhawks Zoom Check-In 5:30 pm
  • (reposting from email):!NEW! In-Person July Summer Rehearsal Dates and Times:
      • July 8
      • July 15
      • July 22
      • July 29

All rehearsals 3 – 6PM  Please arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for check-ins

Rehearsal Scenario: (3 – 6PM on Wednesdays)

      • Allow 15 minutes prior for Check-ins
      • 45  mins – Music/Visual
      • 15 mins – Transition
      • 45 mins – Visual/Music
      • 15 mins – Transition
      • 30 mins – Ensemble (per sub-group)
      • Immediate departure 

All students MUST be prepared to arrive with a face mask. Face Shields are recommended for Wind players.  The Diver family and a family friend are donating a face shield for every wind player!  Thank you!

More guidelines and information TBA.

(6/11/20: Online Marching Band Fee Payments are Temporarily Paused.  Please do not mail-in marching band fee payments until instructions are updated)

Link to:  2020 Marching Redhawk Forms, Fees and Online Payment page


2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks June 10 Meeting (click here)

The Marching Redhawks had their weekly zoom call last night (6/10) There are some changes to the 2020 Fountain of Youth season plans:


Greetings Marching Redhawks,

If you were unable to attend our Wednesday meeting, by now, I’m sure that you have heard the big announcement that we have decided to move in a new direction with our competitive show this year. We will not perform “Fountain of Youth” for the 2020 season. This was not an easy decision to make, but we as a staff felt it necessary given the current circumstances and the many unknown factors regarding our summer fundamentals and the Fall season as it pertains to the Illinois COVID-19 status of Phase 3 or Phase 4.

Here is a direct link to the video from Wednesday if you missed it: 

In summary, here are a few important items to consider moving forward from here:

    • We understand the social/emotional impact that this may make on our students, but we do hope that you’ll be a part of what will be a historic year for our students, ensemble, school and community.
    • We have selected a backup production that we will be able to mold and consolidate down to a 3 – 5 minute performance.
      • While we have the music, edits will now begin to be made and will take a couple of weeks to complete.
    • We do not have any details on band camp, but again, please continue to save the dates. The structure will likely be different, so it is even more important that everyone is in attendance.
    • We do not yet know what football games will look like, but we will continue to plan accordingly.
    • We will continue to plan to attend local and state-wide marching events, including hosting the Marching Classic at NCHS for 2020.
    • We will cancel our attendance at the Bands of America Regional in Iowa.
    • We will re-evaluate our fee structure for all members with the reduction/removal of elements such as BOA and any other elements that would be appropriate to cut costs for the season.
    • We will temporarily suspend our online payment system until we have finalized the new fee schedule, including payment due dates.
    • If any payments have already been made online or physical payment, we will work with each family individually to reconcile as necessary.

Again, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time. I realize the importance of the arts during this period of the unknown and I hope that we can continue to keep ourselves engaged and motivated through our weekly virtual modules and assignments, virtual meetings and virtual rehearsals/clinics.

As I am sure there are more questions at this time than we have answers, we do appreciate your patience and understanding and do know that we will continue to update you as soon as any new and solid details are ready for distribution.


Mr. Estes


As you can see there is still a great 2020 season planned with an awesome show, school spirit, and competitions! More information will be available soon.

 We are VERY fortunate to have a great director that puts in a tremendous amount of effort during these times. Thank you Mr Estes!
Please keep encouraging your students to practice and interact with the staff and their sections via the Marching Redhawks Canvas class and their section leaders. We have some amazing musicians on staff to work with your students. Fall Color Guard please refer to information communicated by your coaching staff!  
More information will be communicated about rehearsals in July and band camp in August. Please hold those dates.
**The Marching Redhawks online fee payments are temporarily paused while updates are made. The NCHS Bands Office will update when new payment information and options are available**
We will keep this webpage updated with all confirmed information.
Marching Redhawks are a family and this family is strong! Go Redhawks!

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks June 5 Meeting (click here)

June 5:  2020 Marching Redhawks meeting at 11:15 am via Zoom!

Topic: NC Marching Redhawks June Meeting 6.5.20
Time: Jun 5, 2020 11:15 AM Central Time

We’ll address items such as:

  • Music Distribution
  • Instruments
  • Live Rehearsals
  • Virtual Rehearsals
  • Fee payments
  • and more!

Parents are welcomed to join as well, but we really need for all students to participate, even if you are just listening with headphones on.

Zoom link info was emailed today. If you need it please email or ask your student’s section leader(s).

Please pass the word especially to incoming freshmen!

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks May 4 Meeting (click here)

Greetings 2020 Marching Redhawks!

I hope that this email finds everyone well, especially during this very unique and difficult time.

I first want to welcome you all to the 2020 season of the Naperville Central Marching Redhawks! For our returning students, welcome back and to our newest members, we say welcome and THANK YOU for taking a chance at an activity that will be new and exciting in your lives!

I’d like to invite everyone (students, parents and staff members) to join me on a Zoom meeting Monday evening 5/4/20 for a very brief welcome session. The meeting should last 30 minutes or less. While there still may be more questions than there are answers at this time, we want you to know that we are still preparing for the season at full strength. We do hope that you’ll join us!  Please email for Zoom meeting details

In the meantime, you should be hearing from your section leaders in the very near future, if not already. Lastly, if you know of a friend who may not have signed up but may still be on the fence, there is still time to add members, but we’ve got to move quickly! If you have any names that you might want for me to reach out to, please do touch base with Mr. Estes ASAP with contact information.

Again, Monday’s meeting will be short and sweet. Just a quick meeting to say hello and maybe address a few small details that we can at this time. Look forward to seeing you then!


Mr. Estes

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks Orientation and Registration (click here)

April 6, 2020

Hello students, parents and directors!!

I hope that this email finds everyone well!

In lieu of our in-person marching band orientation meeting that was supposed to be held last month, we hope that you’ll take a few minutes to watch this video to welcome you to the 20-21 Marching Redhawks at Naperville Central High School! This is for all winds, percussion and color guard members!  We especially welcome all of our new incoming freshmen.  Welcome to the NCHS Bands and Spirits!


We are super-excited with the development of our 2020 Marching Redhawks show production and are happy to announce that our musical arrangements are completed!  I have formally unveiled our show in the video link above!

In the meantime, if you have any questions or reservations about the marching band activity and would like to discuss, please contact Mr. Estes to schedule a time to chat. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions that you might have!   Current and new fall color guard members may also contact Debbie Wiles-Isoda (

Parents and Guardians – please also see this very informative pdf about how to volunteer to help the NCHS Marching Redhawks!

Thanks for your time and please stay safe and healthy out there!

Mr. Estes

2020 NCHS Marching Redhawks Drumline Auditions Onlne 4/23/20 (click here)

With auditions, as we will not be in a position to hold auditions in person, here is our game plan to get through the process so that we can move forward with the part assignments and music distribution:

  • Auditions will take place on Thursday April 23rd as previously communicated
  •  We will utilize Zoom meetings to perform Live auditions
  • Each student will receive a 10 minute audition time slot

Please click here to sign up for an audition time

  • We will utilize the Waiting Room function to allow for individual auditions
  •  Students should sign into meetings 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to be on-deck

Audition Music Materials can be found here

Auditions performances should be prepared as follows:

Practice pad and snare sticks
On a drum or a drum stand preferred.
Feet and hands should be visible

Standing (preferably)
Tenor practice pad or a set of quad drums
If you do not have a set of quads or a tenor pad, let’s get creative!
On a flat surface, preferably carpeted, section off 4 zones as close to a set of tenors.
Use the following image as a reference
Drums dimensions from Left to Right are: 14”-12”-10”-13”
Consider about 1.5 – 2” between drums

Bass Drums

Practice pad (horizontal – same as snare) and snare sticks
On a drum or a drum stand preferred.
Feet and hands should be visible

On a mallet keyboard of some kind, if possible
Marimba, Xylophone, Practice Keyboard, even a beginner bell kit!
If you don’t have any of these items, we are going to send you a video on “How to Create a Cardboard & Duct Tape Mallet Keyboard”

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the audition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Mr. Estes