Submitted by Muscatine Bands
A record eleven members of the Muscatine High School Band have been accepted into the 2017 South East Iowa District Honor Band, sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA). The students accepted are bass trombonist Zach Miller, trombonists Justin Hughes and Ethan Sherer, euphonium player Brian Prussman, tenor saxophonist Joe Morrison, percussionist Adam Spiegel, flautist Victoria Roth, and clarinetists Emily Woodward, Nicole Frisbie, Rachel Wagner, and Madison Keller.
“This is the most students that have been selected for the honor band in the 16 years that I’ve been directing the band at Muscatine High School,” said Director of Bands Jeffery Heid. “We had fifteen students audition for the honors concert band and five audition for jazz honor band. To have so many audition was a great thing; to have this many accepted is wonderful! It’s really starting our year off on the right foot.”
The students went through a challenging day-long audition in Fairfield, Iowa, in order to be selected for the band. Each student was required to demonstrate a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Audition requirements included playing the chromatic scale over the complete range of the instrument, playing a solo of choice, and a number of etudes, musical compositions of considerable technical difficulty which are designed to provide practice material for perfecting a technical skill.
According to Heid, there is fierce competition for a seat in the Honor Band, and as the name implies, it truly is an honor to be selected. This year, approximately 300 students from southeast Iowa auditioned for the 109 open seats in the band. Heid also stated, “This is particularly great for us because we had three students who were freshmen selected for the honor band. I really look forward to what they will do in the future.”