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Students audition for SEIBA Honor Band

Jan 22, 2013

On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 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.

Congratulations to the students accepted from Washington Community Schools.

Washington Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students auditioned for the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band on Saturday in Fairfield.

Seven Washington Middle School students were selected to the honor band and performed at West High School in Iowa City on Jan. 19: Addison McGuire on flute; Quinn Buckingham, clarinet; Andrea Pingol, clarinet; Brandon Linnenkamp, clarinet; Erik Murphy, trumpet; Adam Todd, French horn; and Meredith Raber, trombone.

Emily Hora (clarinet) made recalls but was not selected.

Four other middle school students who tried out were: Nayra Lujano, oboe; Landon Hinckley, percussion; Lena Adams, percussion; and Cody Chalupa, percussion.

From the Washington High School band, Nicholas Todd was selected on tuba. Amber Linnenkamp (bass clarinet) and Devin Parker (trumpet) also tried out.

The Washington High School band director is Don Hughes and the Washingotn Middle School band director is Craig McClenahan

Students in junior high are expected to prepare chromatic and nine major scales, and two assigned etudes. High school students prepare two assigned etudes, chromatic and all major scales, and a solo excerpt of their choice. Competition is tough, as only about half of the students auditioning are accepted.

The SEIBA festival was held at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, Jan. 19. The students rehearsed with guest conductors during the afternoon, and gave an evening concert. The junior high bands were conducted by Kim Benson, junior high band director in Pella; and David Lang, high school band director in Independence. Guest conductors for the other bands include: jazz band – Tony Guzman of Luther College; and high school concert band – Travis Cross, Iowa native, who is a conductor and teacher at Virginia Tech University. At the concert, the high school band premiered a composition written for them by Cross.

 

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