Monday, February 9, 2015

District Honor Band

Hannah placed first chair for District Honor Band this year with an audition score of 9.99 in the 9th and 10th grade division. Our district is comprised of 11 counties in Georgia.  She had some solos and during rehersal noticed a piccolo part.  Thinking ahead she brought the piccolo she had borrowed from John Murphy for the Youth Orchestra and asked the guest conductor if she could play the part so for the march she played piccolo.

The guest conductor was Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger who serves as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting.

For District Honor Band, the students arrive at about 6:00 pm on a Wednesday and meet the guest conductor and receive the music for the first time. They stay until about 9:30pm and then return on Thursday morning at 10:00 am and work until 5:00 pm taking a break for lunch.  Friday is that similar only they get done a bit earlier and then perform the concert at 7:00 pm. 

 Overture for Winds - Charles Carter

Joy Revisited - Frank Ticheli

Bloom - Steven Bryant

Encanto - Robert W. Smith

Rough Riders - Karl King / arr. James Swearingen

Amazing work by amazing students.  It has been great watching her grow through the years.