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Congratulations to Students Selected for the 2023 All Illinois Junior Band

Congratulations to Students Selected for the 2023 All Illinois Junior Band

Congratulations to eight Field Middle School students who earned seats in the 2023 All Illinois Junior Band! The students are 8th graders Suah Lee (flute), Kayla Patel (flute), Will Choi (clarinet), Jongmin Lee (trumpet), Samara Sokolowski (French horn), James Yum (tuba) and 7th graders Dev Gandhi (bass clarinet) and Patryk Maz (clarinet).  A special congratulations to James Yum for placing first chair in his section. The All Illinois band is a state-wide honors band hosted by the University of Illinois consisting of 70 members.

Middle school band students from the state of Illinois were invited to send in recorded etudes and scales in early November in order to audition for this ensemble. These recordings were evaluated anonymously by a panel of judges who then selected an elite band from those who auditioned.

The students will meet at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for rehearsals Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, giving a public performance on the stage of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday afternoon. 

Front row left to right: Patryk Maz, Samara Sokolowski, Will Choi, and Kayla Patel. Back row left to right: James Yum, Jongmin Lee, Dev Gandhi, and Suah Lee.