The Alton High School band, orchestra and choir participated in All-State recently in Peoria.
Here is a rundown of Alton High at All State:
CHOIR - Bev Kramer, director
Five students made All-State Choir this year for Alton High.
“We had five make it this year, which is the most students we’ve ever had,” Kramer said.
“I think we will be better by the end of the year than any other. My students have a great work ethic, so I think we will place well.”
Kramer added that the work ethic, focus and musicianship of her students is better than ever.
“I just really love my kids,” she said.
ORCHESTRA - Laura Plummer, director
A total of three students made the All-State orchestra this year.
“Three is the average,” Plummer said “All-State is based on the number of high schools that send students to IMEA. Our district, No. 6, is the largest of the districts in the southern part of Illinois.”
By the end of the year, Plummer said she thinks Alton High will be in the Top 10 in the state.
“How many orchestra students made the All-State orchestra this school year?
“I think we will eventually make it to the top five overall,” she said with band, orchestra and choir. “Orchestra always gets close to maxing out on points.”
Alton High always has talented and dedicated students, Plummer said.
“They practice all of the time and come to class prepared,” she said. “I also have good attendance at after-school rehearsals.”
BAND - Alyssa Cudney, director
The Alton High School band did not send any students to All-State this year and is in a rebuilding process, said Ms. Cudney, who is in her second year as band director. She replaced Matt Banks when he resigned two years ago and is working to get the band rebuilt again.
“All of the students that made IMEA district were sophomores, and they are not allowed to go on to All-State,” Cudney added.
Cudney said the end of the year state finish is based upon how many points they get in solo and ensemble and organizational contest.
“It is all about getting everyone involved,” she said. “Everyone is getting more involved, and the Alton High School band is the biggest that it’s been in ten years.”
The overall state rankings are based on a point system. Each group (choir, orchestra, and band) are given a certain amount of points based on number of students and their music scores. The Alton High School music department goes to Solo and Ensemble and Organizational Contest to compete against the schools in our district. AHS will find out at the end of March 2014 what place they made as a whole in the state of Illinois as well as what they all made individually.