This year's 42-piece ensemble earned the Honor Band award for having the best performance among the Class AA (schools with 801 to 1,600 students) group. That means the wind ensemble will be invited to next year's festival without needing to audition, according to the YHS band website.
The wind ensemble performed Saturday in the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Urbana.
, Band Director Victor Anderson emphasized the caliber of the festival. The audition process involved hiring a recording engineer. Then, the ensemble met three times outside school, brought in clinicians and added a few more percussionists to prepare.
At Super State, college music professors and other high school band directors – who Anderson said are “some of the harshest critics in the state” - will provide feedback. Click here to read what they said.