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The Stagg Marching Chargers show off their skills on the field. (Supplied photo)

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Stagg High School’s Fall Craft Show Returns Nov. 13-14

By Melinda Moore

Live music performances will steal the show at the Stagg Music Boosters’ annual fall craft fair, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills.

Madrigals will perform from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 13, and the Jazz Ensemble is expected to perform at 1 p.m. Nov. 13.

A concession stand will be open by the North Gym, and raffles for split-the-pot, a basket with items from crafters and a Stagg band ultimate fan basket filled with band-related shirts and a lawn sign to show school spirit will be available. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children.

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The Stagg Marching Chargers color guard performs a routine.

All proceeds from the show benefit music programs at Stagg, which serve hundreds of students in choir classes, singing groups such as Business Casual, band classes, percussion ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and the Stagg Marching Chargers.

“The music program at Stagg is alive and well, even during a pandemic,” said Robert Mecozzi, director of bands. “Over the past 19 months, students have shown an incredible amount of resilience and understanding as we navigated through this time together. We found new and creative ways to teach, learn, and grow during remote and hybrid learning, and now that we’re back in school full time, we’ve been able to incorporate a lot of the lessons we took from the remote learning period into the performance curriculum.”

Christopher Betz, director of choral activities, is looking forward to the show. “After a year of missing out on welcoming the amazing crafters from our local community, we are thrilled to reboot this year’s Stagg Craft Show,” he said.

Music Booster Vice President Lisa Banos-Cruz, who also serves as marching band volunteer coordinator, noted that the craft fair is “one of the biggest fundraisers for the music program and has a tremendous impact on the programs and experiences offered.”

Betz agreed that some programs wouldn’t be possible without booster financial and volunteer support. “Our music families are an essential part of our community,” he said.

Mecozzi also appreciates the fundraising efforts of the parent organization.

“The Music Boosters helped our program even when we couldn’t hold fundraisers, and found ways to assist students in summer study programs and scholarship opportunities,” he shared. “Now that we’re able to once again host large scale events like the Marching Band Jamboree and the fall craft show, there’s an excitement to volunteer and help in any number of ways!”

Banos-Cruz said supporting student musicians is important.

“The Stagg music program fosters excellence in our children,” she explained. “It is an invaluable program for which I am incredibly grateful. My children have learned musicianship, leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence through Stagg’s wonderful music program.”

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