The highlight of the 1949-1950 school year was the appearance of the band in Chicago at the Hotel Morrison, on December 12, before 2,000 band directors from forty-eight states. The band was acclaimed "greatest in the land" by such guest conductors as Dr. Frank Simon, formerly soloist for John Philip Sousa, Glenn Bainum, director of Northwestern University Bands, and Paul Yoder and Dave Bennett, famous composers and arrangers.
Other outstanding concerts under Bruce H. Houseknecht, played to capacity audiences, were the Winter Concert on February 10, and the Spring Concert on May 19. Peter Labella, Jr., director of the JT Orchestra, was guest conductor for the Winter Concert, and Hal Dellinger, new director of music in the Joliet Junior College, was piano soloist in the Spring Concert.
Out-of-town appearances were made in Bloomington, Illinois, at the national convention of TKE Fraternity, in Quincy, Illinois, in a formal concert preceeding the State Concert on April 29. An extensive trip is being planned for the band during the summer months.