The Granite City High School Bands Spring Concert will be held this Thursday, April 21st at 7:30pm in the GCHS Performing Arts Center. Bands performing will include the Granite City High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble with a special guest appearance by Dr. John Korak and Garrett Schmidt, Trumpet Professors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and district staff and 1 guest get in free with district id. Come on out and enjoy the sounds of your GCHS Bands!
The GCHS Band Program received their highest honors to date for their performances at the WorldStrides Onstage National Band Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee, this weekend. The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble received a total of 7 awards in competition with bands from eight other states. The two bands’ combined scores earned them the overall Grand Champion Sweepstakes Trophy.
The GCHS Concert Band received its first Gold Rating in a national band competition, as well as the Maestro Award for the Best Soloist in their class, earned by clarinet soloist, Reanna Farley.
The GCHS Wind Ensemble received a Gold Rating from the judges and both the Instrumental Adjudicators Award and the Outstanding Band Award for achieving the highest score in the entire festival. They also received the Maestro Award for the Best Soloist in their class, earned by trumpet soloist, Ian Cowley.
The GCHS Bands’ award-winning performances have earned them an invitation to perform in the WorldStrides Onstage Festival of Gold held at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in April 2017.
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!
We 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to GCHS Band members Jacob Cowley, Ian Cowley, and 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!”