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Seven Finalists to Compete in the Naperville Battle of the Bands on May 11

Seven Naperville area high school rock bands will compete in the 15th annual Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors Battle of the Bands, set for Friday, May 11 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free and will be held outdoors at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, located at 104 E. Benton Ave. The community is welcome to attend and cheer on these talented musicians.

The bands were selected as finalists based on the quality of their demo recordings that they submitted to the Naperville Park District. Performances will be followed by the awarding of the top honors. The order of performance will be as follows:

Performance Time

Name of Band

Schools Represented

5:00 p.m.


Waubonsie Valley High School

5:25 p.m.

Ethel Shank

Naperville Central High School

5:50 p.m.

Erik M Trio

Neuqua Valley High School

6:15 p.m.

Stellar West

Neuqua Valley and Naperville Central High Schools

6:40 p.m.

Unelected Officials

Neuqua Valley High School

7:05 p.m.

The Boys

Neuqua Valley High School

7:25 p.m.

Joyce Lane

Neuqua Valley High School


The first place winner will perform at Ribfest at a time to be determined and will advance to the Illinois Park District Association’s Regional Battle of the Bands with a chance to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The second and third place winners will play at the Frontier Kite Fly Festival on June 3.

The Youth Ambassadors is a group of high school students who work with the Naperville Park District to plan community-wide special events for teens each year.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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