District 97 Students Participate in Illinois Music Education Association's Junior Honors Festivals

Photo: ILMEA Students from Brooks and Julian, November 2022

Fifty-six students from Brooks and Julian middle schools participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association Junior Honors Festivals in November 2022.

The music departments of Brooks and Julian middle schools are celebrating District 97's tremendous showing at the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) Junior Honors Festivals. A total of 56 students rehearsed for weeks, created audition videos, and were selected to represent Brooks and Julian in the Honors Choir, Band, and Jazz Band festivals this November. The Honors Festivals included the most talented young musicians from schools in a geographical area that stretches from the city of Chicago down to Joliet, including nearly 80 participating schools.  

This total number of participating students (56) from one district is almost unheard of at the ILMEA Festival! The District 97 Music Department would like to recognize the following outstanding musicians for preparing their audition and festival music almost entirely on their own outside of school hours and for thrilling festival performances amongst the best and brightest musicians in the Chicago area.  

ILMEA Honors Band

Benjamin Drucker
Rei Freirich
Gillian Gilmour
London Jordan
Nathan Kralik
Kian Lampert
Jobin Lampert
Rowan Lingenfelter
Claire Noble
Edward Pearson

ILMEA Honors Choir

Ben Albrecht
Vladamir Baran
Gigi Bartolomeo
Barrett Beckwith
Lizzy Bell
Devin Briesch
Finn Drew
Russell Frederick
Ruby Gerace
Bridget Giorango
Camila Gomez
Caitiln Groben
Jaelyn Hammersley
Timmy Harris
Isabella Hooks
Raymond Janosky
Katherine Kiker
Evelyn Kreiter
Henry Lombardo
Baxter Mackenzie
Billie Martin
Callum McVey
Maia Merrill
Andrew Niebres
Jackson O'Brien
Ruby O'Shaughnessey
Gavin O'Shaughnessey
Evan Ocken
Sophia Ott
Edward Pearson
Avery Ries
Sam Ryan
Mary Kate Saam
Oliver Schnizlein
Tekla Schreiner-Witte
Aidan Sjoblom
Ronan Snyder
Koren Switze
Aria Voigt
Isabella Warren
Nate Wellner

ILMEA Honors Jazz Band

Emmett Buchanan
Braden Estanilla
Sydney Kadlec
Kian Lampert
Jobin Lampert
Avia Pomerleau
Ronan Snyder