McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

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Announcing the Illinois All-State Junior Band

We are pleased to announce, for the first time in decades, a musical event bringing together the finest middle school band musicians in Illinois. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, seventh and eighth grade students who are members in good standing in their school band program may apply and audition for the 2016 Illinois All-State Junior Band. Eighty-Two students will be selected for this inaugural ensemble which will rehearse and perform at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on January 15 & 16, 2016. Under the baton of Interim Director of Bands Dr. Linda Moorehouse, the IAJB will perform in the Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall.

The IAJB has been a dream of mine for almost a decade and is the result of collaboration between myself and Wood Oaks Junior High School Band Director Wayne Gordon (with much support from the University of Illinois Bands!)

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News and Announcements

2015 IGSMA District Contest | March 14, 2015
Congratulations to the McCracken Symphonic Band, 7th Grade Singers, 8th Grade Singers, and Swing Choir for all received at Division I (superior) rating at today’s Illinois Grade School Music Association ...

Book Releases at the 2014 Midwest Clinic | December 8, 2014
I’m very humbled to have been asked to contribute two chapters in books being released by GIA Publications this Midwest Clinic: Whatsoever Things…The Life and Teachings of John P. Paynter ...

McCracken Alum featured on New Tanglewood Tales | November 28, 2014
McCracken Middle School Band alum Jeff DeRoche was featured this summer in a 7 episode series New Tanglewood Tales: “Backstage with Rising Artists.” The series follows the professional and personal ...

IMEA District 7 Junior Band | November 17, 2014
Congratulations to the 8 McCracken Band members and all the participants of the 2104 IMEA District 7 Junior Festival this past Saturday, Nov. 15. All the groups sounded fantastic and ...

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Apr 24 IGSMA State Contest
Apr 25 IGMSA State Contest
May 08 Superstate Concert Band Festival

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