Assumption High School Band had a very busy week with participants at 3 different area honor bands! On Monday, January 16, 17 students were selected for the MAC Conference Honor Band, held at Central DeWitt High School. 8 out of 10 schools in the MAC were represented. Students rehearsed in 2 bands, one for 9-10 grade and one for 11-12 grade. The 9-10 grade band was directed by Mrs. Jennifer Williams, director of bands and Ankeny High School, and the 11-12 band was directed by Dr. Duane Bierman, director of bands at University of Nebraska-Kearney. Students selected for the 9-10 grade band were Olivia Fernando – Flute, Elisabeth Weyeneth – Clarinet, Geno DelPreore – Alto Saxophone, Alex Hady – Trumpet, and Ben Bates – Percussion. Students selected for the 11-12 band were Alison Byrne – Flute, Bianca Connelly – Flute, Michael Lochner – Clarinet, Kristen Byrne – Clarinet, Maggie Burchett – Clarinet, Tatyana DelPreore – Contra Alto Clarinet, Leah Wilson – Trumpet, Grace Hagerman – Trumpet, Lindsey Gerlach – Trombone, AJ Barry – Euphonium, Nathan Roman – Tuba, and Anna Schuster – Percussion.
On Friday, January 20, 10 Assumption students participated in the University of Dubuque Honor Band. Students rehearsed under the direction of Dr. Nolan Hauta and Dr. Evan Glickman of the University of Dubuque. Students from 3 states participated. At the honor band concert on Friday night, 4 Assumption students were presented with music scholarships to the University of Dubuque! Students receiving scholarships were Grace Hagerman, David Lochner, Michael Lochner, and Anna Schuster. Students participating in the University of Dubuque Honor Band were Michael Lochner – Clarinet, Elisabeth Weyeneth – Clarinet, Grace Hagerman – Trumpet, David Lochner – Trombone, Lindsey Gerlach – Trombone, AJ Barry – Euphonium, Tatyana DelPreore – Contra Alto Clarinet, Adie Craig – Percussion, Anna Schuster – Percussion, and Noah Whitlock – Percussion.
Finally, Michael Lochner, auditioned and was selected on clarinet for the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) Honor Band, held at the Voxman School of Music on the campus of the University of Iowa. The SEIBA High School Honor Band was under the director of Dr. Mark Heidel, director of bands at the University of Iowa. Students rehearsed all day and performed an outstanding concert that night.
Congrats to all of our honor band students!