GCHS Band Students Receive Recognition for Musical Talent *Illinois All-State Honors 2017*
CONGRATULATIONS to GCHS Band members: Jocelyn Cipponeri, Scott DeLozier, Asael Gomez, Nick Haddock, Stephanie Mullen, and Skyler Sutphin for being selected to participate in the 2017 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band Festival. The Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) is an organization established to provide professional growth opportunities for Illinois music teachers and to provide music making opportunities for the most talented music students in the state. Outstanding students undergo a rigorous audition procedure based on musical etudes, scales, and sight-reading in order to be selected to participate in the District Festival in November. Students receiving high scores at the IMEA District Festival advanced to perform at the IMEA All-State Festival on January 28, 2017. GCHS Band students advanced to the following ensembles. • Jocelyn Cipponeri: Bass Clarinet - IMEA Honors All-State Band • Scott DeLozier: Trumpet – IMEA All-State Jazz Band • Asael Gomez: Clarinet – IMEA All-State Band • Nick Haddock: Alto Saxophone – IMEA All-State Band • Stephanie Mullen: Flute – IMEA Honors All-State Band • Skyler Sutphin: Piccolo – IMEA All-State Orchestra The students performed before a packed house in the Peoria Civic Center on January 28, 2017. Wyatt Roberds, Director of Bands at Granite City High School, said, “One of the real joys of being a music teacher is having the opportunity to work with such talented.