IGSMA District V Organization Contest April 6th

Dear Parents & Students,

On Saturday April 6th the Geneseo 7th & 8th Grade Bands are hosting the IGSMA District V Organization Contest at Geneseo High School. I have included the schedule below for the day. This is a large event with 14 ensembles performing throughout the day.

Saturday Instrumental

Leave for Warm-up




Geneseo MS Jazz Band





Glenview MS Jazz Band





Northeast Jr. HS Jazz Band





Colona Jr. High Band





Reagan Royal Band





Glenview MS Concert Band





Geneseo MS Concert Band





John Deere Jr. HS Band





Northeast Jr. HS Concert Band





Lunch Break


Glenview MS Symphonic Band





Eagle Ridge Band





Geneseo MS Symphonic Band





To make this a success as we have in the past we will need all hands on deck. I have created a sign up site to fill in the areas that we need.  We will need parents to be at the information table, help with concessions and help with take down. Please click the link below to sign up to help.

I will be needing to have students pass out Contest Programs, judges runners and guides for each group. Students will sign up for these tasks with me.

Thank you for your help!

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/KUgSZzF

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Recital Schedule 2019

Dear Parents,
Attached you should find the Recital Schedule for next Saturday’s Recital event at the High School. This is the entire schedule for all the rooms. Please note that there are already some changes that have been made to this schedule and it is possible that some small changes may be made over the weekend. I wanted to get this out to you so you could start to prepare.
I was not at school today so the kids probably do not know these times yet. All 7th and 8th grade students are involved in this event because they are part of an ensemble.  I will send more information out with the students on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Here are a couple of changes:
1.Nolan Griffith’s Mallet Solo has been moved from 3:20 p.m. to 11:36 a.m.
2. Caleb Durian’s Mallet Solo has been canceled.
3. MS Flute Ensemble has been moved to 2:24 p.m.
4. Connor Coleman’s Accompanist has been changed to Chelsea Schwartzkopf and the time is now 10:48

Recital Room Schedule 2019

Rehearse-a-thon 2019

Dear Parents and Students,
This is a reminder that as long as we have school tomorrow (Hoping we do) it will be a Full Choir Day for the Band/Choir Students. This includes 7th and 8th grade classes.
All Band Students must have their instruments at School because you will stay after school for Rehearse-a-thon. Please remember to bring your $3.00 with you to school tomorrow for dinner.
7th & 8th Grade Percussion Ensemble will meet tomorrow morning and Woodwind Choir #2 will meet during ASAP. All ensembles are performing at Rehearse-a-thon. I have included the Rehearse-a-thon Schedule in this email.
Parents remember to pick your child up at 9 p.m. by the Cafeteria Doors (West Entrance of the middle school.).
Thank you,
John Versluis

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents & Students,

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Safe Happy New Year! The band room is all set up and ready to go for rehearsal this week! The new chairs are in and I know you are going to enjoy sitting in them (it’s the small things that count).
I wanted to send a couple reminders for this 1st week back in the 2nd Semester. This is a reminder that for the weekly assessments we now go into “Contest” mode. Meaning the students come for an ensemble assessment which will take place either before school or during ASAP. I have attached the schedule with their ensemble and times to this email. All students will participate in Recital on February 16th at GHS and all students except for wrestlers will participate at IGSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest Feb 23rd at Glenview Middle School.
Those 7th Graders who are doing a solo will still come out during their normal weekly assessment time for me to hear their solos and work with them. Those 8th Graders who are doing solos will need to sign up for a time to come in and play their solos either before school or during the appropriate ASAP times. All Students have been assigned an accompanist and will be notified by me this week of who that person is. They will need to contact their accompanist as soon as possible to schedule practices with their accompanist. They are required to rehearse at least 2 times before Recital and 1 time (if possible) before Contest.
I will also be sending out several emails within the week to next week, regarding parent help for Rehearse-a-thon on Friday February 1st. That event goes from right after school until 9 p.m. Please make sure that date is on your calendar and if you can help please let me know.
I am looking forward to an amazing 2nd Semester as your kids were doing some impressive work before break!
If you have any questions please let me know.
John Versluis
Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday Jan 9th – GPAC Meetings HS Choir Room 6:30 p.m.
Friday February 1st – 7th & 8th Grade Rehearse-a-thon 3:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday February 16th – Recital – All Day Event – Geneseo High School
Saturday February 23rd – IGSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest – Glenview Middle School East Moline, IL
We will not be participating in any events the weekend of February 8th & 9th this year. 

8th Grade Band & Choir Trip Itinerary

8th Grade Band & Choir Trip  Itinerary

October 20th, 2018

9:30 a.m. Report to Geneseo Middle School

9:45 a.m. Load Buses

10:00 a.m. Depart for Chicago (eat a sack lunch on the bus)

1:00 p.m. Arrive Downtown Chicago

1:30 p.m. Doors open at the Oriental Theater

2:00 p.m. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Begins

4:45 p.m.  Show Ends – Load Buses head to Dinner

5:15 p.m. Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, Chicago, IL

6:45 p.m. Load Buses and Depart for Home

9:45 p.m. Arrive Back at Geneseo Middle School

8th Grade Football Game Itinerary 9/21/18

After the 8th grade band is done performing with the High School marching band on Friday night, we will come back to the Middle School to put instruments away and collect their belongings. If your child is heading back to the game to meet you, they will need to come to you to drop off their bags and instruments if they plan to sit in the GMS Student Section.
Some have asked when they will perform on Friday night and unfortunately I cannot give you a true performance time because it is completely dependent on the flow of the Football game. I can only give you a rough estimate of a time which is 8:30 p.m. Last weeks away football game had halftime at 8:34 p.m. Since this is the Hall of Fame night, I would assume that they are doing something before the Varsity game starts which could push the timing of half time back.
4:45 – Meet at GMS Band room – Dinner Provided
5:45 – Rehearse with HS Marching band on GMS Football Field
6:45 – Head over to Stadium
7:00 – Sit in Stands with HS Marching Band
7:30 – Varsity Game Starts – Play tunes during 1st and 2nd Quarters
8:30 – Half Time Performance
9:00 – arrive back at the Middle School Band room.

7th & 8th Grade Marching Band Classic Itinerary

Dear Parents,
Below you will find the Itinerary for the 7th and 8th Grade Band Students:
1:30 p.m. – Meet in the GMS Band Room for attendance and rehearsal
1:45 p.m. – Rehearse as a Combined Band on the Football Field outside the GMS Band Room. This is the only time we get to rehearse together.
2:30 p.m. – Depart GMS for the High School Stadium
3:00 p.m. – Perform for the Opening of the Marching Band Classic.
3:30 p.m. – Arrive back at GMS and students are dismissed.
Uniform for this event: Students should wear the “Yellow” GMS Band t-shirt (can be purchased at All-in-Stitches), appropriate bottoms for the day, and tennis shoes.
In-Case of rain the event will be moved into the High School Gym and will still take place.

Summer Music Camp Opportunities

Summer Music Camps Information

Dear Parents & Students,

Summer is fast approaching, as are summer music camps. Every summer, several students choose to attend various summer camps at colleges and universities, which are both educational and entertaining. Here are some websites for some of the summer band camps in Illinois. Deadlines for many camps are fast approaching!

Scholarships through GPAC for any of these camps are available by writing a brief essay describing what camp you have chosen, why you want to attend that camp and how it can impact you musically. To receive a scholarship, you must turn in your essay by Friday, April 28th, 2017

Western Illinois University Summer Music Camp:


Illinois State University Summer Music Camp:


Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) Camps at the University of Illinois:


University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic:


Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp: