2012-13 IMEA All-State Musicians

Approximately 1000 of the finest band, choir, and orchestra students are individually selected by audition, to represent each of nine districts in Illinois.  This year Geneseo has 27 outstanding students that have been selected as All-State musicians.

The IMEA does not observe any comparisons between schools, of the number of students who have been selected.  However, it is notable to our community that Geneseo High School (866 students enrolled), for the second consecutive year, has the greatest number of All-State musicians, out of all of the high schools in the State of Illinois. The next highest are Quincy High School (1920 students enrolled in three grades) with 25 participants, and Naperville Nequa Valley (4072 students enrolled) with 23 participants.

Our 2013 IMEA All-State Musicians are:
Corbyn Beck – clarinet, Gabby Cooney – tenor sax, Michael Daniels – alto sax, Taylor Hager – bassoon, Lily Kluge – clarinet, Courtney LaBrie – clarinet, Luke Larson – euphonium, Shaina Lohman – flute, Kim Moore – clarinet, Heather Robinson – tuba, Megan Roome – euphonium, Chelsea Schwarzkopf – oboe, Allison Yerkey – trombone, Chas Young – french horn, Jessica Schaumburg – percussion, Kamron Wilson – french horn, Morgan Bowton – alto voice, Karl Flynn – bass voice, Taylor Heppner – soprano voice, Hannah K. Johnson – alto voice, Hannah N. Johnson – soprano voice, Hunter Kuffel – bass voice, Dugan Kuffel – bass voice, Clare Possin – alto voice, Daniel Sears – bass voice, Naomi Terpening – soprano voice, and Ryan Zummallen – tenor voice.

 

This is a celebration of a community filled with passion and commitment to the arts.  Excellent music educators, a supportive Board of Education, parents willing to sacrifice their time, talents and treasures to support their children’s musical endeavors, and students who do not just accept God-given talent as a gift and let it fallow, but instead dedicate themselves to a craft that shows both individual and collaborative excellence!

We understand in District 228 why music education is important.  Don’t believe us?  Check out this site for more information.

High School All State Musicians

I am very proud to share text from an email that Mr. Steve Scherer, HS Band Director, shared with me yesterday.  There are many things to celebrate about our school district– academically, athletically and artistically.  This is a great example of a truly collaborative and community-wide effort.  Congratulations to all of those students, staff, parents and community supporters who help make these items of note so possible.  Look how busy the students will be!

“I have the pleasure of reporting to you the results of the IMEA All-State selections for this year.  Approximately 1000 of the finest band, choir, and orchestra students are individually selected by audition, to represent each of nine districts in Illinois.  This year Geneseo has 27 outstanding students that have been selected as All-State musicians.  

The IMEA does not observe any comparisons between schools, of the number of students who have been selected.  However, it is notable to our community that Geneseo High School (902 students enrolled) has the greatest number of All-State musicians this year, out of all of the high schools in the State of Illinois.  The next highest are Naperville Nequa Valley (4245 students enrolled) with 25 participants, and Edwardsville (2368 students enrolled) with 23 participants.  

There will be no award to recognize this achievement.  But there is a reward for us at the Geneseo Schools.  It is important to note that these students qualified for this honor individually, by preparing and auditioning by themselves like every other music student in the State.  Their achievement is a testament to their individual hard work.  The reward is, knowing that we, including all of the recipients of this email, have provided them with a solid fundamental music education, throughout elementary school, middle school and high school.  This distinction is something that we should all enjoy and be proud of.  It is reassuring that our curriculum, instruction and assessment systems are working successfully for our students.  Our school board and administration have allowed us to refine our system over the years, and have been protective of our funding, scheduling, and staffing.  Congratulations to our entire school community for this significant achievement!

Sincerely,
Steve Scherer and Steve LaCroix

Our 2012 IMEA All-State Musicians are:
Corbyn Beck – clarinet, Hannah Burmahl – voice, George Daniel – tuba, Michael Daniels – alto sax, Seth Daniels – voice, Emma Evans-Peck – voice, Steven Gernant – voice, Lydia Flynn – voice, Emilee Green – oboe, Taylor Hager – Bassoon, Hannah Johnson (11) – voice, Keegan Jost – voice, Dugan Kuffel – voice, Hunter Kuffel – voice, Luke Larson – euphonium, Sean Lillis – voice, Hannah Lohman – clarinet, Anna Mason – voice, Kim Moore – clarinet, John Morris – tuba, Oliver Newton – voice, Jessica Schaumburg – percussion, Jack Scherer – voice, Dan Sears – voice, Dakota Watson – voice, Allison Yerkey – trombone, Ryan ZumMallen – voice.”

Congratulations Middle School Band Participants at IGSMA State

On Saturday April 30th, 2011 the Geneseo Middle School Beginning Band (6th Grade), Concert Band (7th Grade), and Symphonic Band (8th Grade) traveled to Troy Middle School in Plainfield Illinois to participate in the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) State Music Festival. Each band performed three music selections and then received a brief clinic from one of the judges. Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Versluis are very proud of the accomplishments of the ensembles. This is the first

    time that Geneseo Middle School bands have participated in the IGSMA State Festival.

    The following students performed at the IGSMA State Festival.

    Geneseo Beginning Band – Directed by Mr. Anthony Hernandez

    Flute -Savanna Anast, Madeline Anderson, Amanda Clark, Lindy Couch, Sarah Fisher, Destiny Overman, Katlyn Phillips, Dustin Souders.
    Clarinet – Lauren Denny, Britny Bergheger, Dalton Callear, Logan Charlet, Kailee Edwards, Shannon Lakanen, Brittany Loenser, Alexa Mahoney, Kelsey Olson.
    Bass Clarinet – Dalton Stage
    Alto Sax – Bryan Dellett, Maya Smit, Anna Vercautren, Michaela McCright
    Tenor Sax – Freja Hager
    Bari Sax – Alex Williams
    Trumpet – Jenna Decker, Tristan Johnson, Adam Neuwohner, Mackenzie Roseleib, Logan Weber, Ryan Whiteman
    French Horn – Emma Lovett
    Trombone – Christos Andrios, Katie Beeson ,Seth Chrisop, Dwight Medley, A.J. Miller, Logan Stein, Paige Stohl, Jacob Verplaetse, Charlie Wiese, Luke Johnson
    Euphonium – Scott Frederick, Aaron Lewis, Elliott Moore
    Tuba – Nelson Laingen, Connor DeBaille
    Percussion – Noah Aper, Douglas Bordwell, Dalton Bridges, Alex DeBarre, Jacob Holzgrafe, Andrew Lenz, Tate Neff, Cole Schwerdt

    Geneseo Middle School Concert Band – Directed by Mr. John Versluis

    Flutes – Jenna Freebern, Amery Clifton, Sammi Rokey, Katie Kibler, Rachel Lawson, Ryan Hartsock, Bailey Noble, Rachael Himmelman, Jaden Ettenberger
    Oboes – Shalana Atwell, Bryce Iwinski
    Bassoon – Carly Luciani
    Clarinets – Theresa Ashley, Elizabeth Sandlin, Alaine Brucher, Kiah VanWynsberghe, Haley Beert, Zach Holzgrafe, Lauren Clark-Holke, Taylor Riffe, Kimmy Erwin
    Bass Clarinet – Emily Gentry
    Alto Saxophones – Jacob Widger, Elliott Koster, Kori Ralston, Austin Waldo
    Tenor Saxophones – Wyatt Wade, Brenton DeBusscherer
    Baritone Saxophone – Evan Sammons
    Trumpets – Rachel Sears, Gib Kluge, Isaac Gustafson, Charley Elden, Gabe Johnson, Taylor McKean
    French Horns – Olivia Carroll, Jenna Vermost, Nick Cave, Karen Wheeler
    Trombones – Henry Cravens, Emma Benjamin, Keaton Darin, Jonathan Rizzo, Ryan Rockensock
    Baritones – Melissa Dzekunskas, Samantha Welch, Ethan Baumgardner
    Tubas – Joel Corso, Keagan Banister
    Percussionist – Erik Sammons, Lynn Conner, Elizabeth Jolly, Jonah Nyquist, Arthur Atwell

    Geneseo Middle School Symphonic Band – Directed by Mr. John Versluis

    Flutes – Danielle Townsend, Kendra Fobert, Cassidy Budde, Stormee Baker, Kaitlin Setser, Vanessa Ritter, Rylea Quillin
    Oboe – Christina Mullin
    Clarinets – Alyssa Castro, Carson Krause
    Alto Saxophones – Angie Schaumburg, Caleb Talbott, Maddie Montgomery, Abbi Pierce, Joe Schillinger
    Trumpets – Claire Yerkey, Kameron Miller, Dennie Howell
    French Horns – Victoria Kellogg, Caleb Ulick, Savannah Chapman
    Trombones – Jacob Vanopdorp, Marcus Widger, Josh DeSmith
    Baritiones – Dylan Mannon, Jacob Williams
    Tuba – Henry Dethlefs
    Percussionist – Kyle Gilmore, David Chenoweth, Ashley Kempher, Brianna Rahn, Donaven Mayer

    The Geneseo Middle School Symphonic Band was given the distinction of being recognized as “Honor Band.” This award is only given to the organizations that demonstrate truly outstanding musicianship at the middle school level.