DGS Student Musicians Selected for SuperState Festival

DGS Student Musicians Selected for SuperState Festival

Members of the Downers Grove South High School Wind Ensemble were selected to perform at the 2024 University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival. Bands from across the state audition to perform at the festival, and only those with the highest evaluations are invited to perform. In the 3A class division, Downers Grove South High School is one of only eight bands selected to perform this year. 

“Our students consistently rank top in the state in music, and this prestigious honor confirms their talent,” said South High Principal Arwen Lyp. “We’re excited for our students and directors to have this exciting performance opportunity, and we know that they will make our school and community proud.”

The students will perform at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana on Saturday, May 4, 2024. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this state event.

Downers Grove South High School Wind Ensemble members include:


Jovana Bogdanovic

Jessica Ford 

Evangeline Selking

Rozlyn Stafford-Richardson



Marion Casey

Will Feylo



Caila Abarro

Samantha Brezinski

Avery Hancock 

Alan Peterson 

Alery Salmeron

Rebecca Snouffer^


Bass Clarinet

Mason Mungerson

Layla Orozco



TJ Harvat


Alto Saxophone

Hailey Aldrich

Max Tylka

Liam Wells


Tenor Saxophone

Sava Barashki


Baritone Saxophone

Declan Edman



Timothy David

Richard Gasmen

Anthony Lopez

Towako Momozaki

Matthew Passo

Joshua Poeschel#


French Horn

Gretchen Haselhorst

Marko Iancu

Arabel Thurston

Amanda Wiseman



Lucas Edie

Brennan Gillespie

Gwendolyn Gronke

Larissa Hope



Mateus Dos Santos

Vincent Messina

Ethan Miller



Troy Edie

Dean Murphy

Drake Polanek



William Elliott

Ender Glass

Patrick Maier

Diana Nava Acevedo

Gavin Schnall

Gabriel Spencer

Klaudia Szatafa

Al Zoerb



Aaron Kennedy 

Jerry Lowrey 


The SuperState Concert Band Festival is hosted by the University of Illinois Bands. According to its website, the festival “celebrates the legacy and tradition of great music making by middle school/junior high and high school bands in the state of Illinois.”

For more information about the festival and performance times, please visit https://www.bands.illinois.edu/superstate-2024-accepted