Seven students were selected from South Tama to participate in the NEIBA (North East Iowa Bandmasters Association) Honor Band. Three of these students, Kaitlin Berger, horn; Anna Dvorak, trombone; and Courtney Anderson, clarinet; were from the STC Middle School. Four students, Sadie Kavalier, clarinet; Jessie Brezina, percussion; Hannah Brezina, clarinet; Abby Evans, flute, were from the STC High School.
Students are selected to the NEIBA Honor Band by an application process which includes director comments.
The State of Iowa is divided into 6 equal districts, three across the top and three across the bottom. South Tama is in the northeast district (NEIBA), which goes north to the Minnesota border and east to the Wisconsin/Illinois borders.
STC Middle School (left to right): Courtney Anderson, clarinet, Kaitlin Berger, horn, and Anna Dvorak, trombone.
This event is held each year in Oelwein due to its central location for the district. There are two Middle School Bands, named "N" and "E", and two High School bands, named "Sousa" and "King". All bands are equal caliber respective to their grade levels. Each band had approximately 135 students from over 120 Middle and High Schools in the NEIBA District.
"This was such a great and valuable experience for all of the STC students who participated", said Mike Carnahan, STC Band Director, "I always enjoy talking with the students after the concert, hearing the excitement in their voices and seeing the enthusiasm on their faces. Each of the seven students who represented STC learned something which will make them stronger individual musicians and that they can now bring back to our groups here and make the entire band program stronger."
Directors for the Middle School Honor Bands were Jane Triplett ("N" Band) and Linda Johansen ("E" Band). Triplett is in her sixth year as a band director in the Iowa City Community School District and has taught for a total of 28 years. Johansen is completing her 30th year of teaching and has been the Middle School director at North Fayette for the past 27 years.