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ISU Honor Band offers opportunities

March 4, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"I enjoy the ISU Honor Band experience because it gives us an opportunity to perform with and get to know other musicians from around Iowa and I learn a lot of new things", said Hanna Brezina.

Three South Tama County Community High School Students were selected to participate in the 37th annual Iowa State University Cyclone Honor Band Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. Hannah Brezina, a senior, playing clarinet; Sonya Peters, junior, playing trombone; and Abby Evans, sophomore, playing flute, were among 190+ other high school students from around Iowa and Minnesota who performed.

All members are selected from an application form, along with comments from their school band director. Nearly 60 schools were represented. Students selected formed two bands, the Cardinal Band and the Gold Band. The Cardinal Band numbered 129 musicians and the Gold Band numbered 67. In order to be considered for the Gold Band, the musicians must have been a member of the Iowa All-State Band.

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This trio of South Tama High School Band students were selected to take part in the 37th annual Iowa State University Cyclone Honor Band in mid-February. They are (l-r) Sonya Peters, Abby Evans and Hannah Brezina.
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"I consider this one of the best Honor Band experiences in the state", said Mike Carnahan, STC Band Director. "The privilege of performing on stage at CY Stephens Auditorium is amazing, and it becomes a lifelong memory for these students."

The three STC students were members of the Cardinal Band, under the direction of Mr. James Miller, Director of Bands at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Mr. Miller has been a director in Wisconsin and Colorado as well as Iowa. He has received the Phillip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and the Karl King Distinguished Service Active Award in 2010 and 2011.

Director of the Gold Band was Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Director of Bands at The University of Kansas, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and the Marching Jayhawks.

The bands spend all day Friday and all morning Saturday rehearsing for their 3 p.m. concert later that day.

"The concerts are always wonderful. It's amazing how they put together such a flawless concert in two days!" stated Michelle Evans.



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