Naperville School District 203 Jazz Orchestra

Barrett’s Home Theater Chicago welcomed David Alstadt, band director and twenty Naperville Central High School students in December to showcase their talents for customers, parents, and employees. David’s ability to coordinate such a fine group of musicians in such a short period of time (playing since September) is truly amazing. We always enjoy having the students from high schools perform in our home theater store. The partnership between Naperville School District 203 and Barrett’s Home Theater provides exciting and engaging opportunities for both organizations and we look forward to students returning in the spring of 2009. By Dianne...

Electronic Waste Recycling Event

Waste Management, LG, Sony and Naperville District 203 students have partnered with Barretts Home Theater to host an electronics recycling event at Barretts Home Theater on Saturday October 25th 2008 from 10-4. Joe Barrett, owner of Barretts Home Theater, says, “Our goal is to provide a channel for consumers to recycle equipment that would otherwise be thrown into landfills. This is a special event for community and our electronic industry now faced with stricter guidelines from the EPA for disposal of wastes. We’re hoping to set a standard of environmental consciousness.” Waste Management (WM) will facilitate the actual recycling of the items dropped off with volunteer students from Naperville schools and company staff. WM Recycle America is the largest recycler in North America. According to Matthew Coz, vice president of Growth and Commodity Sales of WM, “We hope to collect as much recyclable material as possible; it is our way of demonstrating a shared commitment with the community, by providing outstanding customer service and environmental stewardship.” There has been concern related to what happens to the products once they are collected. Trained WM Recycle America employees collect, track and dismantle discarded electronic products under monitored conditions at one of their four disassembly centers in the U.S. The devices are broken down into their constituent metals, plastics and glass. These common raw materials are sorted by quality, and can then enter the general recycling system. Otherwise, if improperly managed, this waste can pose a threat to health and the environment. In a recent report dated September 2008, the Government Accountability Office indicated that as much as 80% of our e-waste...

Naperville School District 203 Partnership

On September 2 2008 Barretts Home Theater Chicago became a business partner with Naperville School District 203. Since 1978, Barretts Home Theater has operated a store in Naperville and believe the time was right to give back to the community. The partnership was a collaboration for fostering mutually beneficial relationships which enhance student opportunities. The first student opportunity included Barretts Home Theater Chicago welcoming their first intern from Naperville Central High School. The intern will average 15 hours a week working in the store until the end of the year while getting paid and earning high school credit. By connecting future employees of the workforce with our industry, we enhance the education experience by making classroom study relative to real life. Students can experience firsthand what transpires while working the sales floor, including marketing and promotions, operations, customer relations, inventory control and the back side including custom installation in the Chicago market. In December 2006, Barretts Home Theater Chicago introduced three high school bands to celebrate the holidays. Scott Sidler, Music Director at Naperville Central High School said this about the experience, “We had a terrific experience playing at Barrett’s Home Theatre. The students were warmly received by all the staff and provided a venue for our chamber ensembles to perform inside the store. The Barrett family is invested in furthering and supporting music education and the students enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the people who have generously given us so much. Thank you for the support and partnership with District #203 and our students. We look forward to being back!” To enhance the education opportunity for...

Live In-Store WFMT Performance: June 7th – Barretts Home Theater Naperville

Barrett’s Home Theater Chicago area is always looking for student opportunities to engage local talents in the area of music abilities. Partnered with WFMT, 98.7 FM, on June 7th 2008, the Hall School of Music, located in Wheaton, Illinois, will be performing with a live broadcast at Barrett’s Home Theater, Naperville location, 30 miles west of Chicago. Introductions is WFMT’s newest radio series that celebrates the Chicago region’s most talented pre-collegiate classical musicians. Music from the Baroque period, will feature 14 very talented student musicians. Also underwriting the program, are Bowers & Wilkins and Integra; Bowers & Wilkins, a world reknown speaker manufacturer is used in highly recognized studios across the world, including Abbey Road Studios in London. Integra is an audio component manufacturer used in custom installation projects including dedicated home theaters and media rooms. Both companies’ products are available at Barrett’s Home Theater showrooms in the Chicago suburbs. According to Brian Perreault, General Manager of Barrett’s Home Theater, “Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers combined with Integra components produces an incredibly realistic listening experience for enthusiasts with the most discerning of ears”. Barrett’s Home Theater believes in celebrating music by partnering with schools and other non- profits. In the last several years, Barrett’s Home Theater and their custom installation department donated a home theater system to Misocordia, an adult assisted living home in Chicago. In 2006, Barrett’s Home Theater also hosted a program called “Celebrating music in high schools.” Three schools’ jazz, rock and classic ensemble played, including Benet Academy, Naperville Central and South High Schools. In return, Barrett’s Home Theater donated a projector to one of the schools...