On May 4, the Geneseo Middle School Symphonic Band, including members of the seventh-grade concert band, will travel to the University of Illinois to participate in the Superstate Band Festival.
On Feb. 23, band director John Versluis sent a recording of the GMS?Symphonic Band to organizers of the invitation-only festival.
The Geneseo band was one of only 11 middle school bands selected to perform at Superstate.
The Symphonic Band was officially invited via e-mail on March 30. In the invitation, members of the GMS band were “commended for this outstanding achievement and the level of performance demonstrated by your ensemble.”
The invitation continued, “The?University of Illinois Superstate Festival is the premiere concert band event of its type in the state of Illinois.”
Geneseo Middle School band members will depart from Geneseo at 9 a.m. May 4 and will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Krannert?Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. An awards presentation will follow at 6:45 p.m.
This is the second time the Geneseo Middle School Symphonic Band has been selected to perform at Superstate.