Over 50 high schools from Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District VII sent students to audition this fall for the 2012 IMEA District VII Honors Groups. This year Wheeling High School claimed the most qualifiers for IMEA District VII concert and jazz groups in the school's history.
The IMEA Concert Festival was Saturday, Nov. 10, at Glenbrook North High School.
Wheeling Band members selected for the concert festival include Chelsie Coren (senior-clarinet), Darby Dammeier (senior-flute), Cole Dammeier (sophomore-french horn), Kylie Gember (senior-flute), Omar Joya (senior-bassoon), Matthew Kulczak (junior-flute), Cesar Mendoza (junior-trombone), Kaitlyn Nielsen (senior-oboe), David Robertson (senior-trumpet), Ronny Roth (junior-trumpet), and Nicholas Westin (senior- percussion). Selected for the concert festival from the Wheeling Orchestra was Adam Korber (senior-cello). Representing the Wheeling Choirs were Lizzie Jassin (senior-alto), Marco Mazzetta (sophomore-bass), and Harlen Rosen (senior-bass).
The IMEA Jazz Band Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lake Zurich High School at 1 p.m. Wheeling Jazz Band members earned spots in the following bands. Jazz Band IV: Patrick Ryan (freshman-trumpet) and Bryan Marbin (freshman-bass trombone). Jazz Band III: Matthew Browne (sophomore-vibraphone) and Isabel Chan (sophomore-piano). Jazz Band II: Omar Joya (senior-alto saxophone), Ronny Roth (junior-trumpet), and Anthony Gonzalez (freshman-trombone). Jazz Band I: David Robertson (senior –trumpet) and Cesar Mendoza (junior-trombone).
Music directors at Wheeling High School include Alex Meza (orchestra), Stephen Colella (choir), Stephanie Melinyshyn (Band), and Brian Logan (Band).