Awards

IHSA State Solo & Ensemble Contest 2016Award Winning MW - Matt Reznack

The GCHS Band competed in the IHSA State Solo & Ensemble Music Competition on March 5th at Alton High School.  They came away with an impressive 81 first place ratings, 35 second place ratings, and 3 Best of the Day awards.  These are the highest scores that the GCHS Band has earned in the history of the school!

The following students received a First Place rating:

  • Ameen Ali
  • Janet Andrews
  • Marcus Barnes (3)
  • Dylan Beasley (2)
  • Marisela Bolanos
  • Lauren Briggs
  • Alexis Broyles
  • Clay Caldwell
  • Jocelyn Cipponeri
  • Jerry Cockrum
  • Jacob Colbert (2)
  • Atlantis Collins
  • Haylee Colbert
  • Grant Cole (2)
  • Logan Cole (3)
  • Jaxon Connolly
  • Ian Cowley (3)
  • Jacob Cowley
  • Scott DeLozier
  • Jeremy Erickson
  • Jayden Foote (2)
  • Fiona Green
  • Nick Haddock (2)
  • Kai Hale
  • Itza Hernandez
  • Marissa Herod (2)
  • Jade Heuer (3)
  • Audrey Johnson
  • Colleen Jordan
  • Jacob Klee
  • Gabby Lucas
  • Peter Martin
  • Zach May
  • Caleb McDaniel
  • Stephanie Mullen
  • Julia Murphy
  • Sara Patel
  • Emilee Pearman
  • Nathan Perrin
  • Cassie Petras (2)
  • Damaliha Pryor
  • Caitlyn Puhse
  • Matt Reznack (2)
  • Baylee Ridings
  • Sam Roberds (3)
  • Peyton Stamboldjiev
  • Taylor Stiller
  • Cameron Stofel (4)
  • Skyler Sutphin (2)
  • Shelby Tingley
  • Dominik Topal
  • Faith Turner
  • Grace Voyles (3)
  • James Warden (2)
  • Lyric Williams
  • Cassie Zarate

The following students received a Second Place rating:

  • Ameen Ali
  • Megan Byrd
  • Maggie Chenault
  • Dustin Choat
  • Haylee Colbert
  • Isaac Cooper
  • Sabrina Earls (2)
  • Jeremy Erickson
  • Asael Gomez (2)
  • Anthony Guzman
  • Jade Heuer
  • Evan Howard
  • Emily Johnson
  • Colleen Jordan
  • Ian Kovach
  • Holly Malherek
  • Sasha Miller (2)
  • Stephanie Mullen
  • Drew Murphy
  • Kennedy Rainwater (3)
  • Bailey Ridings
  • Mychael Thompson
  • Faith Turner
  • Marley Wilkinson
  • Josiah Wing
  • Shelby Tingley
  • Grace Voyles
  • Abby Winn (2)
  • Cassie Zarate

The following students received the Best of the Day Award:

Brass Choir

  • Trumpet – Ian Cowley, Scott DeLozier, and Matt Reznack
  • French Horn – Dylan Beasley, Jayden Foote, and Itza Hernandez
  • Trombone – Logan Cole, Jeremy Erickson, and Caleb McDaniel
  • Euphonium – Marcus Barnes
  • Tuba – James Warden
  • Percussion – Jacob Colbert, Jade Heuer, Sam Roberds, and Grace Voyles
  • Conductor – Cameron Stofel

Brass Quintet

  • Trumpet – Ian Cowley and Cameron Stofel
  • French Horn – Jayden Foote
  • Trombone – Logan Cole
  • Tuba – James Warden

Marimba Solo

  • Marimba – Sam Roberds

 


 

GCHS Students take 2nd & 3rd Place at IMEA All-State Composition Contest 2016

2016 All-State Comp - WebWe would like to congratulate Marcus Barnes and Nick Haddock for being the first students in GCHS history to place in the Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Composition Contest. Over 200 original compositions were submitted by students throughout Illinois, and were judged by a panel of active composers and professional musicians. Marcus Barnes earned 2nd place in the Instrumental Ensemble Caption with his composition, “As the Sun Rises,” and Nick Haddock took 3rd Place in the Jazz Ensemble Caption with his composition, “Flying High”. It is an incredible honor to place in this level of competition.

 

 


IMEA All-State Festival 2016

2016 All-State Winds - WebCONGRATULATIONS to GCHS Band members Jacob Cowley, Ian Cowleyand Cameron Stofel for being selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Band Festival. The Illinois Music Educator’s 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 30, 2016.   GCHS Band students advanced to the following ensembles.

  • Jacob Cowley: Oboe – IMEA All-State Band
  • Ian Cowley: Trumpet – IMEA Honors All-State Band
  • Cameron Stofel: Trumpet – IMEA Honors All-State Orchestra

The students performed before a packed house in the Peoria Civic Center on January 30, 2016. 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 students. This is the highest honor high school musicians can receive, and we are extremely proud of them!”


SIUE Bi-State Band Festival 2016

The 30th Annual SIUE Bi-State Band Festival will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Friday and Saturday, January 22-23, 2016. Each year, over 250 high school musicians from Illinois and Missouri participate in this band festival. Guest conductor for the 2016 SIUE Bi-State High School Honor Band will be Dr. Jay Kennedy, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to the Honor Band, two Festival bands will be formed and conducted by Randy Greenwell, Director of Bands, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana and Paul Ahlemeyer, Director of Bands at Fort Zumwalt South High School, St. Peters, Missouri. Each student participating is guaranteed to have a great experience. Clinics with SIUE applied faculty and performances by SIUE ensembles add to the uniqueness of this weekend. Admission to all concerts is free and open to the public.

The SIUE Bi-State Honor and Festival Bands are created through nominations submitted by band directors from the participating schools. The following GCHS Band members have been selected to participate in the festival.

  • Marcus Barnes – Euphonium
  • Jocelyn Cipponeri – Bass Clarinet
  • Grant Cole – Bassoon
  • Logan Cole – Trombone
  • Ian Cowley – Trumpet
  • Jacob Cowley – Oboe
  • Scott DeLozier – Trumpet
  • Jayden Foote – French Horn
  • Marissa Herod – Alto Sax
  • Colleen Jordan – Flute
  • Caleb McDaniel – Trombone
  • Emilee Pearman – Flute
  • Caitlyn Puhse – Tenor Sax
  • Matt Reznack – Trumpet
  • Baylee Ridings – Alto Sax
  • Sam Roberds – Percussion
  • Cameron Stofel – Trumpet
  • Skyler Sutphin – Flute

IMEA All-District Festival 2015

Members of the Granite City school bands made their mark in Illinois Music Educators Association District VI competition this year by having more students selected for the district festival than they have ever had in the history of the school district.

Outstanding students are selected to participate at the district level through auditions in October. Students receiving high scores at these auditions were invited to perform at the IMEA All-District Concert Band Festival at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale on November 7th and the IMEA All-District Jazz Band Festival at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville on November 14th. This is one of the highest honors a high school musician can receive and we are very proud of them!

The following Granite City High School students were selected to participate in the IMEA All-District Concert Band Festival:IMEA District Concert 2015WEB

  • Ameen Ali – Tenor Sax
  • Marcus Barnes – Euphonium
  • Lauren Briggs – Trumpet
  • Alexis Broyles – Clarinet
  • Skylar Burns – Tenor Sax
  • Clay Caldwell – Tenor Sax
  • Jocelyn Cipponeri – Bass Clarinet
  • Haylee Colbert – Alto Sax
  • Logan Cole – Trombone
  • Jacob Cowley – Oboe
  • Ian Cowley – Trumpet
  • Scott DeLozier – Trumpet
  • Jayden Foote – French Horn
  • Colleen Jordan – Flute
  • Caleb McDaniel – Trombone
  • Sasha Miller – Flute
  • Sara Patel – Flute
  • Emilee Pearman – Flute
  • Caitlyn Puhse – Tenor Sax
  • Matthew Reznack – Trumpet
  • Sam Roberds – Percussion
  • Cameron Stofel – Trumpet
  • Skyler Sutphin – Flute
  • Shelby Tingley – Flute

 

The following Coolidge Junior High School students were selected to participate in the IMEA All-District Concert Band Festival:IMEA District 2015 - CoolidgeWEB

  • Maya Chapman – Trumpet
  • Owen Cole – Trumpet
  • Emma Cox – Clarinet
  • Andrea Gibson – Percussion
  • John Lucas – Baritone
  • Kyle McDonald – Tenor Sax
  • Ashlyn Morrison – Tenor Sax
  • Grace Sedabres – Bari Sax
  • Trenton Sutter – Trumpet

 

The following students were selected to participate in the IMEA All-District Jazz Band Festival:IMEA District Jazz 2015WEB

  • Ameen Ali – Tenor Saxophone
  • Lauren Briggs – Trumpet
  • Mackenzie Butchee – Alto Saxophone
  • Isaac Cooper – Bass
  • Ian Cowley – Trumpet
  • Scott DeLozier – Trumpet
  • Fiona Green – Piano
  • Nick Haddock – Alto Saxophone
  • Marissa Herod – Alto Saxophone
  • Colleen Jordan – Alto Saxophone
  • Jacob Klee – Drum Set
  • Zachary May – Alto Saxophone
  • Caitlyn Puhse – Tenor Saxophone
  • Bailey Ridings – Alto Saxophone

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2015 Through the Woods

SIUE Marching Percussion Competition August 29, 2015
5th Place Band

O’Fallon Metro East Marching Classic September 12, 2015
4th Place Band – Class 3A
3rd Place Color Guard
9th Place Overall Competition out of 25 bands

Edwardsville Tiger Ambush Classic September 19, 2015
1st Place Band – Class 4A
1st Place Music
2nd Place Visual
4th Place Overall Competition out of 20 bands

McKendree University Preview of Champions September 26, 2015
1st Place Band – Class 6A
2nd Place Music
1st Place Visual
2nd Place Percussion
2nd Place Color Guard
4th Place Overall Competition out of 23 bands

EIU Panther Marching Band Festival October 3, 2015
1st Place Band – Class 5A
1st Place Music
1st Place Visual
1st Place General Effect
1st Place Drum Majors
2nd Place Color Guard
GRAND CHAMPION – 1st Place Band Overall Competition out of 29 bands

Lindenwood Greater St. Louis Marching Band Championship October 24, 2015
2nd Place Band – Class 6A
2nd Place Music
1st Place Visual
1st Place General Effect
3rd Place Band in Finals Competition