The Joliet Central Band invites the public to the premiere of Jermaine Stegall’s new composition entitled Legacy. The piece will be debuted by the Joliet Central High School Symphonic Band during their fall concert on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 3 pm in the Joliet Central High School Auditorium, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Joliet. Legacy will be conducted by the composer, and a meet and greet with Stegall will follow the performance. 

Stegall is a 1995 graduate of Joliet Central High School and works as a composer, conductor, and producer of film and television music. He is currently participating in the Universal/Dreamworks Film Music Diversity Initiative where he works closely with the film music teams of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Dreamworks Animation. In 2016, he was selected as a Sundance Composer Lab Fellow held at Skywalker Ranch and has worked closely over the years with some of Hollywood’s biggest composers.  While attending high school, Stegall performed in the award-winning Joliet Central Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Ted Lega.

Stegall expressed his excitement and gratitude for the partnership with Joliet Central high School. “This process has been a highlight of, and is sure to be a defining moment of my music career. I’m excited to come back and make music again at Joliet Central.”

Legacy is dedicated to the Joliet Central band and was commissioned by the Joliet Central Band’s Buy the Sound Campaign. The piece is a reflection on the 108-year history of the Joliet Central band program while also paying homage to Stegall’s director and personal experiences in the band program at Joliet.

In addition to the premiere of Legacy, the Joliet Central Band Fall Concert will feature the concert band performing a variety of band works under the direction of student-teacher Ms. Alexis Sujka. The symphonic band, under the direction of Mr. Don Stinson, will perform movements from Martin Ellerby’s Paris Sketches, Michael Markowski’s The Cave You Fear, and Tempus Motus, written and conducted by Joliet Central choir director Steven Pyter. 

The event is free and open to the public. Guests may enter via the main entrance or the auditorium “J” doors beginning at 2:00 pm.