IMS sophomore selected to honor band
KALONA — On Saturday, Jan. 5, approximately 800 students from southeast Iowa arrived at Fairfield High School in hopes of being accepted to attend the SEIBA Honor Band Festival. Each year, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association sponsors the auditions in Fairfield. This year, there were 28 audition centers, with approximately 400 students auditioning for two junior high bands; over 300 students auditioning for the high school concert band; and about 80 students auditioning for the high school jazz band.
Competition is tough, as only about half of the students auditioning are accepted. Anne Buckwalter, an Iowa Mennonite School sophomore and Wellman resident, was selected as the third-chair clarinetist for the high school concert band.
The SEIBA festival will be held at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, Jan. 19. The students rehearse with guest conductors during the afternoon, and give an evening concert.