A total of 13 band and choir students will be traveling to Fort Wayne, IN to perform in the Indiana Music Educators Conference on January 17-19. Seventh grader Braydon Crowder, eighth grader Brody Wilcox, freshmen Kylee Charles, Angie Ceja, Michael Hannon, Haley Cox and Marissa Fleenor, juniors Hunter Roach and Noah McSpadden and seniors Margaret McGowen and Breanna Ward will be performing in either the Indiana Junior All-State Band, All-State Orchestra or the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Honor Band.
In addition to these students, eighth grader Ryleigh Anderson and junior Megan Poe will be singing in the IMEA Honor Choir. Only the best performers in each band and choir from schools across the state are selected to perform. For many students, it is the utmost honor to be chosen to perform with other talented singers.
“It makes me feel that my hard work in practicing my music and playing my trumpet is paying off and that I have equal talent to these other great players,” said Cox.
This annual event is a chance for people to interact with others who share the same interests as them. It is also an opportunity for these students to learn more from other bands and choirs, and possibly implement another group’s strategies into their own band or choir.
“I am excited to be with so many other people around the state. It’s great to hear the people singing these pieces and make new friendships,” said Poe.
Story by Sara Kesterson