The 2008 All-State Conference, Music: An Essential Piece, was held January 30-February 2, 2008 in Peoria, IL.

Jazz Night Concert - Friday, February 1, 2008

All-State Jazz Band
Tim Birkner, Belleville Township West High School, Belleville, IL

You Stepped Out of a Dream - Harb Nacio Brown and Gus Kahn/arr. Francy Boland
Atlantis - McCoy Tyner/arr. Bob Washut
Wine Street Rumble - Benny Carter
And Another Thing - Tom Garling

All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Darmon Meader, New York Voices, New York, NY
Accompanist - Daniel Solberg, Chris Nolte, Darin Holthaud

Takin' a Chance on Love - arr. Darmon Meader
Moon River - arr. Steve Zegree
Minuano - arr. Kerry Marsh
Love Psalm - Darmon Meader (Premier)
Snow Samba - arr. Darmon Meader

Honors Jazz Combo
Mark Colby, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Program to be chosen from the following selections:
Seranade to a Cuckoo - Roland Kirk
Free for All - Cedar Walton
Idle Moments - Grant Green
Nutville - Horace Silver
Mamacita - Joe Henderson
Take Your Pick - Hank Mobley
Light Blue - Lee Morgan

Honors Jazz Band
Ellen Rowe, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Program to be chosen from the following selections:
Jackson County Jubilee - Benny Carter (Sierra Music)
The Doomsday Machine - Ellen Rowe (Sierra Music)
Love for Sale - Cole Porter/arr. Peter Myers (Sierra Music)
Katy - Sammy Nestico
Michaelangelo - Fred Sturm (Sierra Music)
Green Dolphin Street - Les Hooper
Low Down - Thad Jones
What is Hip? - Mike Tomaro
Cross-Currents - Ellen Rowe 

All-State Concert - Saturday, February 2, 2008

All-State Orchestra
Michael Mishra, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude - Richard Wagner
Prelude to Ernani - Giuseppe Verdi
Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 (4th Movement) - Jean Sibelius

All-State Chorus
Mary Hopper, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Accompanist - Sherilyn Monkemeier, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, IL

Sorida (A Zimbabwe Greeting) - Rosephanye Powell (Hal Leonard)
Let THeir Celestial Concerts Unite (from Samson) - George Frederick Handel (E.C. Schirmer)
Wondrous Cool, Thou Woodland Quiet - Johannes Brahms (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)
Morning Moon - Philip Silvey (Santa Barbara Music)
Exultate justi in domino - Brant Adams (Santa Barbara Music)
Kasar Mie La Gaji - Alberto Grau (Earthsongs)

All-State Band
Quincy C. Hilliard, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

The Liberty Bell (March) - John Philip Sousa/Holcombe (Musicians Publications)
The Unknown Soldier - Quincy C. Hilliard (Kjos Music Publishers)
Spirit of Survival - Quincy C. Hilliard (Kjos Music Publishers)
Perthshire Majesty - Samuel R. Hazo (Boosey and Hawkes)
Pachinko - Paul Yoder (Warner Bros./Alfred or Southern Music)

Grand Finale, The Combined All-State Organizations
America the Beautiful - Samuel Augustus Ward/arr. Carmen Dragon 

Honors Concert - Saturday, February 2, 2008

Honors Band
Ray E. Cramer, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Celebration Fanfare - Steven Reineke (C.L. Barnhouse)
Dusk - Steven Bryant (Hal Leonard)
Bells for Stokowski - Michael Daugherty (Rental Information at Peermusic Classical)
The White Rose - John Philip Sousa/Keith Brion (Southern Music)

Honors Chorus
Z. Randall Stroope, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Accompanist - William Buhr, College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, IL

And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth (for Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)
The Conversion of Saul - Z. Randall Stroope (Alliance)
The Snow (Op. 26, No. 1) - Edward Elgar (Novello)
Tu Es Petrus (No. III of Quatre Motets, Op. 10) - Maurice Durufle (Durand/Hal Leonard)
Danny Boy - Z. Randall Stroope (Manuscript)
Sarba pa Scaun (Dance on a Chair) - Alexandru Pascanu (Musica Romanica)

Honors Orchestra
Mark Russell Smith, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, VA

Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Joliet, Op. 64b - Sergei Prokofiev

Grand Finale, The Combined Honors Organizations
America the Beautiful - Samuel Augustus Ward/arr. Carmen Dragon 

For recordings of any of the above concerts, please contact Mark Custom Recording