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Middle School Musicians Named To Honor Band

By Staff | Oct 19, 2017

HONOR?BAND - These Emmetsburg Middle School Musicians will participate in the North Central Iowa Honor Band in November. The concert will take place Nov. 11 in the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona. Nominated to represent Emmetsburg are, from left to right, Annika Poeppe, Shalaki Soukup, Quinn Swift, Isabel Doyle, Mattie Dooley and Olivia Lace. The musicians are directed by Ms. Sage Lenertz and Ms Holly Prier. -- Submitted photo

Several Emmetsburg Middle School instrumental musicians will be representing their school and community in a special concert next month.

Emmetsburg musicians Annika Poeppe, Shalaki Soukup, Quinn Swift, Isabel Doyle, Mattie Dooley and Olivia Lace will play in the 2017 NCIBA?Honor Band after being selected by members of the organization last month.

The North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association will host its annual Honor Band Concert on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center at Algona High School..

The students were nominated by their directors and were put into a pool of hundreds of students from North Central Iowa schools. Members of the NCIBA gathered for a selection night on Sept. 20 at West Hancock High School in Britt. Area directors read through nominations and selected the students they felt would be the top representatives for our district.

After students were selected, they received music to prepare for chair placement auditions, which will be held on Nov. 11.

Each musician will need to memorize seven scales, prepare an etude, and practice the pieces chosen for their band.

On Nov. 11, the musicians will gather to rehearse all day prior to presenting the 5:00 p.m. concert.

Directors of the Honor Band are Dr. Michael Golemo, Director of Bands at Iowa State University, and Steve Shanley, Assistant Professor of Music at Coe College. These two directors were commissioned to write two new pieces for this honor band, and the premiere of these works will take place during the Honor Band concert.

Annika Poeppe and Olivia Lace will play flute, while Shalaki Soukup and Isabel Doyle will play clarinet. Quinn Swift will play trumpet and Mattie Dooley will play saxophone during the concert.

Emmetsburg’s musicians are under the direction of Ms. Sage Lenertz and Ms. Holly Prier.