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!
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.”