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STC students in NICL Conference Honor Band

November 27, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Students from the STC High School Band performed at the western division of the NICL (North Iowa Cedar League) Conference Honor Band, Nov. 13 at the South Hardin High School Gymnasium.

The concert began with the Red Band performing "The King Across the Water" by B. Fraser, which had parts of instruments playing, students clapping and yet others striking their chairs or music stands with different forms of drum sticks.

"The sound that came from the band was so amazing and hard to describe. It was so amazing how these students could pull this full sound in just 1 day's practice", said Lori Johnson, rural Toledo, ann STC?Band Booster member. "I just wish everyone could have been there to hear this. Taping it on your cell phone or taking pictures with a camera just doesn't do it justice."

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Among South Tama High School students at the North Iowa Cedar League Conference Honor Band performance at Eldora on Nov. 13 were Destiny Cherveny, playing bass clarinet; and Nicole Johnson, playing bassoon.
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Directors and schools participating in this all day workshop and performance were: Mike Carnahan - South Tama; David Bartling BCLUW; Mike Bistline - Union-LaPorte City; Wayne Lu - South Hardin; Mary Potter - East Marshall; Keith Reynolds - Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Ryan Runyan - West Marshall; and Andrew VanHooreweghe - Grundy Center. This event allows those schools who normally compete against each other to come together to perform for a crowd of parents and music supporters.

A total of 145 students participated in this event.

South Tama Students that participated were: Abby Evans, flute; Alma Pesina, flute; Emily Brezina, flute; Hannah Brezina, clarinet; Emily Jantzen, clarinet; Lisa Morrow, clarinet; Elaina Martinez, clarinet; Nicole Johnson, bassoon; Destiny Cherveny, bass clarinet; Grace Kavalier, alto sax; Micaela Sawdey, alto sax; Haley Shope, tenor sax; Kristi Lasley Roberts, tenor sax; Michael Cahow, baritone sax; Madison Baack, trumpet; Robert Tyynismaa, trumpet; Carrie Cibula, horne; and Sonya Peters, trombone.

These students were split into two groups/bands, the Red and Black Band, and each worked with one of the guest directors. Each band was equally represented by their talent. Having two bands allows more students to be involved in this event.

"I was extremely proud of how our students represented STC and our community. Being selected to any Honor Band is a great honor, and the experience of meeting students from our conference with similar interests and talents is very rewarding." Stated Mike Carnahan, STC Band Director.

The two guest directors worked with the students all day, where students auditioned for parts, sight read music and prepared it for that night's performance. Nine of the STC students earned first chair positions after auditioning.

This opportunity gave the students a chance to network with other students in other school districts either in their own instrument section or gave them a chance to socially network with them, work with different directors directing styles.

The directors that participated this year were Paul Bloomquist, Director of Bands at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, and Nora Tycast, Band director at Spring Lake Park High School, Minneapolis, MN.

These two directors brought a wealth of knowledge and music inspiration.

Paul Bloomquist stated "you are very fortunate to have the directors from the participating schools participating in this event" "it's great to see such support". He has taught all levels of music education and led bands in Meservey-Thorton, Lake Mills and Manson Northwest Webster schools. He has led some of Iowa's top high school jazz musicians while serving as the jazz band director for the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band summer program through Luther College. He has been nominated and included multiple times in the Who's Who Among American Teachers, and received a Golden Apple Teaching Award. Has served as guest conductor and clinician at numerous concert band and jazz band festivals. Served as president for the North Central Iowa Band Association, current chair of the College Band Affairs Committee for the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and chair of the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. He is an active musician playing tuba and trombone in Jive for Five Brass Quintet, the Karl King Band, and various other groups. Paul and his wife, Kelli, have four children: Grace, Emilia, Blake and Landon. He is a fourth generation to live on the family farm south of Dayton, Iowa. He holds a M.A. degree from Southern Oregon University through the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon and a B.M. degree from Simpson College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Nora Tycast has been director at Hopkins High School in Hopkins, MN and opened the new arts-and-technology Fleix Varela Senior High School in Miami, Florida. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in secondary instrumental music instruction. Has a Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin cities in Educational Policy and Administration with a research focus on race studies and increasing the student of color population in highly successful music ensembles. She began playing cello and piano at a young age and began trumpet with her local elementary school. While at the university of Illinois, she played trumpet and euphonium with many different University ensembles, including the Marching Illini and the U of Illinois British Brass Band. Performed with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL. She has been asked to present for the Minnesota Music Educations Association Mid-Winter clinic in February incorporating both Tier III Literacy strategies into their ensemble classrooms and developing competent composers I all levels of high school performing ensembles.

Other music selections included: "Perthshire Majesty" by S. Hazo; "Sunburst" by E. Morales; "The Iowa Band Law" by K. King; "Russian Sailors' Dance" by R. Gliere, arranged by R. Longfield; "Chant and Jubilo" by F. MacBeth; "Solas Ane" by S. Hazo; and "The Klaxon" by H. Fillmore.

"Quintet for Piano and Winds I. Grave; Allegro, ma non troppo" by L. von Beethoven was performed by David Bartling, piano; Mary Potter, flute; Erika Vergurg, clarinet; Keith Reynolds, tenor sax; and Wayne Lu, horn.

If you would like to keep abreast of the other music booster events, you can visit the South Tama County Music Booster website at or contact Janice Upah at (641) 484-5847 or Mary Jo Cherveny at (641) 484-2745.



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