Central Expands Band’s All-State Prowess

Thirteen students from Champaign Central High School have been selected for The All State Music Festival. The festival will take place in Peoria From January 13th to February 1st. They have worked incredibly hard to earn their spots and are very excited to be included in the festival. Once they arrive at the festival, they will audition to be a part of the honors version of the ensemble they were originally selected for. Each of our students will work with the Central band directors, Mr. and Mrs. Currey, to ensure their success at the festival.

The All State Jazz band is an incredibly prestigious high school big band in the state. Students will also have a chance to audition for combo groups which will also perform at the festival. Within the All State Big Band, is junior piano player Matthew Currey, Micah Patton, a junior tenor saxophonist, and Ben Young, who is a junior trumpet player. This year, the All State Jazz band will be conducted by Mark Dahl. Students will automatically be performing with this band, but will audition for the All State Honors Jazz Ensemble which will be conducted by Adam Larson. If selected, these students will perform Out the Window by their conductor, Adam Larson, Low Down by Thad Jones, Runferyerlife by Bob Mincer, Shanghigh by Randy Brecker, and Midnight Voyage by Joey Calderazzo.

All State band features only brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. These students were selected during the regional ILMEA band rehearsals for their rehearsal etiquette and technique. The All State Band includes senior Lisa Altaner on the flute, sophomore Shaffer Bauer on the tenor saxophone, junior Katherine Currey on the trombone, junior Alecya Price on the bassoon and senior Jordan Simons on the clarinet. This year, the All State Band will be conducted by Brian Logan. They will play Zing by Scott Mcallister, El Camino Real by Alfred Reed, Dusk by Steven Bryant, and Circus Bee March by Henry Fillmore. The All State Band students will audition to be a part of the Honors Band. The honors band will be conducted Cynthia Johnston Turner, and will perform Early Light by Carolyn Bremer, Of Our New Day Begun by Omar Thomas, and Give Us This Day, Part II by David Manslanka. 

The All State Orchestra is considered to be the crown jewel of the festival. This year’s All State Orchestra includes junior Ben Lee on the Viola, junior Anjali Murphy on the trumpet, senior Sophia Urban on the Piccolo, junior Anna Wachter on the bass, and senior Chris Wurl on the bass trombone. These students will audition for the Honors Orchestra, and if selected will be conducted by Jeff Edmons. The Honors Orchestra will be playing 1812 Solemn Overture by Pytor Ilich Tchaikovsky, and Symphony No. 10: 2nd movement by Dimitri Schostakovich. If they are placed in the Orchestra, they will be conducted by Gary Lewis. The Orchestra will perform Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka, Symphony No. 8: Finale by Antonín Dvorak, and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez. 

Sophia Urban is a senior at Central, and an incredibly advanced piccolo and flute player. This will be her second trip to All State. She is “really excited to have the chance to play with countless amazing musicians from across the state, and it’s an experience that [she feels] so lucky to be a part of!” 

This three day festival is a chance for students to prove their prestige within the music community. These ensembles play music that is frequently performed by professional music groups at concert halls around the world. The majority of students will leave with scholarship offers for their performances. Students who participate in All State always enjoy the festival and the opportunities it brings. Good luck to each of the thirteen students and all three ensembles!

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