The music program is one of OHS’s biggest accomplishments, considering the 21 State Championships they won in a row. One thing that isn’t mentioned often is their involvement in Illinois Music Education Association, more commonly known as ILMEA.
When students participate in ILMEA, they audition in the fall for a spot in the band, orchestra or choir. If they make it, they are placed in their section based on how well they performed during their audition.
The students who placed highest in their sections advance to ILMEA All-State, accompanied by high school students from the other eight districts of ILMEA. All-State is also known as IMEC, or Illinois Music Education Conference.
“I really love being surrounded by people who all share the same passion,” junior Bailey Banks said. “There’s really something about being around a group of people who want the same end product as you … it really makes something beautiful.”
Banks attended IMEC last year and this year for Honors Choir. This is a big achievement for any music student, especially for those who are underclassmen, like Banks was last year.
Along with Banks, seniors Connor Dewalt, Samantha Everett, Emily Makeever, Josh Norsen, Melanie Rockford and Jonah Sharp went to IMEC.
For these students music is a creative outlet, and they spend most of their time involved with it because of the positive impact it has on their lives.