Monday, December 9, 2013

IMEA All-State Success!!!

I would like to announce and congratulate the following GKHS students for making down to IMEA this year.

Senior Alyssa Edwards for making All-State Orchestra. This is her second time making All-State. Last year she made the band

Senior Katie Thurlby for making All-State Choir.  This is also her second time making All-State Choir

Senior Rebecca Whittenhall for making All-State Choir. First time making All-State Choir but she will be performing in the Illinois High School Theater Festival All-State Theater production of "Grapes of Wrath" which she auditioned for and made earlier in the year. Shows are performed early in January. Busy month!

Junior Alex Siknsa for being selected for the Future Music Educators Seminar (FMES). This is a program where students who are contemplating Music Education as a career will spend three days in during the festival learning about the different components of the profession and how to prepare for it.

Congratulations! Great representation by GK!

IMEA All-State festival takes place in Peoria from January 22-25 with concerts on Saturday the 25th.


Friday, November 22, 2013

IMEA Success!

Illinois Music Education Association or ILMEA (formerly IMEA) is an organization which promotes life long music making and provides leadership in music education. Every year they hold auditions were students from all over the state audition to make it into All-District bands,choirs and orchestras and then eventually All-State bands, choirs and orchestras. After auditions, students who made the respective district ensembles play in a concert together with guest conductors. Further into the year the very elite student musicians are selected to be the All-State band which is made up of students from all 9 Districts within Illinois.

This year we had quite a number of students audition for these ensembles. We had the pleasure of sending the following instrumentalists to their respective festivals:

District 8/2 Orchestra
Alyssa Edwards - Clarinet

District 8 Band
Brandon Trupp - Trombone
Jess Kurpius - Flute

District 8 Jazz Band
Alex Siksna - Alto sax 1
Tommy Corbett - Trombone 1
Galen Hughes - Trumpet 4
Rebecca Whittenhall - Drumset

District 8 Honors Jazz Band
Nick Strauch - Tenor Sax 2
Brandon Trupp - Trombone 3
Tim Sullivan - Trumpet 3 

All three festivals have taken place already and were a great success. Our GKHS students represented the school and the community well. Now we play the waiting game for All-State results.  Final All-State selections should be out in the next few weeks and only Juniors and Seniors are eligible. Updates will soon follow. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Opening Blog

Hello and welcome to the Genoa-Kingston High School Bands Blog.

This is a place where I can put updated information about band happenings, upcoming events, success the band has had and any other information regarding band. We are off to a great year with a very successful marching band season and now we redirect our focus to concert band. Our current concert cycle includes selections celebrating the holiday season and comes to a close with our concert on Tuesday, December 10th at 7PM in the GKHS auditorium. I hope to see everyone there!