MUSIC STUDENTS BEGIN 2011 WITH HONORS
Lyons-Decatur Northeast music students began second semester with honors. In a seven day period five music students took part in three separate music honor festivals.
The closest honor festival was the Wayne State Honor Band Festival held in Wayne, Nebraska. The festival featured three honor bands. Freshman flutist Heidi Miller auditioned and earned the honor of performing with the High School Symphonic Honor Band on. Seventh grader french horn player Martin Long auditioned and earned the honor of performing with the Jr. High Festival Band.
Next was the BOCH (Bands, Orchestra, and Choirs at the Holland) Music Festival. The BOCH Festival is held on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and features two honor bands, two honor choirs, and an honor orchestra. The festival takes place over three days/two nights and culminates with a grand performances at the Holland Center for Performing Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Freshman James Granay auditioned and earned the honor of performing with the BOCH mixed choir.
The Music Festival that was the furthest away was the Quad State Honor Band Festival. Quad State took place on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota and featured two honor bands. Senior clarinetist Nikki Jo Williams was nominated and earned the honor of performing with the Symphonic Band while senior Cody Pond was nominated and earned the honor of performing with the Honor Concert Band. Congratulations to all of the students who earned the honor of performing with the above select honor ensembles!
Future honor ensembles that will be taking place over the next few months are: Wayne State Honor Choir, York Middle School Honor Bands, Blair Middle School Honor Bands, Class D Honor Band, and Neligh-Oakdale Elementary Honor Band.
Honor ensembles are great opportunities for music students of all ages to participate in performances of a high caliber. Students who choose to audition are given the chance to work with some of the most inspirational clinicians in the nation and perform with the some of the best musicians from several different states in a very large ensemble atmosphere. Students often come away from these performances recharged and ready to lead in their own school ensembles.