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Four chosen for honor band

DCHS Journalism

Isabel Grafel

October 07, 2018

Two Jr. High students were chosen for the Kansas Music Educators' Association Honor Band, and two high school students were chosen for the Honor Jazz Band.  Seventh graders Kamryn Oien and Rayne Erickson and seniors Faith Meitl and Jean Soderlund will perform November 3 at Hays High School.

Kamryn plays clarinet. Rayne plays saxophone and was chosen for second chair.  Faith plays trumpet, and Jean plays baritone saxophone.

To be selected for the honor bands, the students had to record audition pieces. "They also had to record the chromatic scale for the full range of their instrument," said band instructor Devin Carey. The recordings were then sent into an online judging website and judged by teachers who didn't have students auditioning with that specific instrument. The judges had to follow a rubric.  

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"They have their music now so they can be ready for the concert, and all that needs done that day is putting everything together," said Mr. Carey. There are 101 total kids in the junior high honor band.

On the day of the concert, the students will find their seats and then begin practicing. They will have rehearsal for about two hours, then take a short break before rehearsing again before lunch. They will have a break for lunch and then have one more rehearsal before the concert. 

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