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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Students to be in state honor band, orchestra

  • Five McPherson High School students recently achieved entrance into the Kansas Music Educators Association all-state honor band and orchestra.
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  • Five McPherson High School students recently achieved entrance into the Kansas Music Educators Association all-state honor band and orchestra.
    In the honor band is Nicole Gieselman on flute, Laura Wurm on clarinet, Dakota Cavanaugh on trumpet (alternate) and Nate Crain on tuba (alternate). This is Wurm’s second-consecutive year for this achievement.
    In the honor orchestra is Casey Gregory on violin.
    The students will practice for three days with a world-renown conductor and give their concerts on the final day of the state music convention Feb. 23 at Century II in Wichita.
    Director of Bands Kyle Hopkins said there are six KMEA districts in the state of Kansas, and each district has its own honor band and orchestra. At the district level, there were about 700 students in the McPherson area auditioning for a spot in our district band or orchestra. Preparing for the auditions takes hours and hours of work and private study. Many students started preparing the audition music last summer.  The auditions are live and foster a lot of pressure.
    Students who make one of their district’s honor groups can then go on and audition for the state honor groups. State live auditions are in Salina on the first Saturday in January and almost 900 students descend upon Salina for these highly competitive live auditions.
    “The best of the best throughout Kansas participate in the live auditions in Salina, and we were so thrilled to get five kids in,” Hopkins said. “Making it into one of the state honor groups is like making it to state in any athletic event, scholars bowl, debate, et cetera.”
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