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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

Local high school students perform in Honor Band at UI School of Music

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students from (hometown) are among 120 student musicians from
38 Iowa high schools selected to play in the 2001 Iowa Honor Band at the University of Iowa School of Music.

The Iowa Honor Band will present a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus. The Sunday concert, under the direction of guest conductor William Wakefield, will conclude the students’ participation in the annual Honor Band Weekend at the UI.

(Year in school, name(s), instrument(s)),represented (name of school) at the festival. The high-school band director is (name).

During the Honor Band Weekend, students attend rehearsals of the Honor Band with the guest conductor and receive instruction on their instruments. They also attend a concert by the UI Symphony Band, the top wind ensemble at the UI School of Music, under UI Director of Bands Myron Welch. That concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in Hancher Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

For its Feb. 18 concert, the Honor Band will perform "Festival Sinfonia" by Roland Barrett; "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechelik; "Armenian Dances," Part I by Alfred Reed; an arrangement of Anton Bruckner’s choral piece "Christus factus est," and "Who’s Who in Navy Blue" by John Philip Sousa.

Wakefield is chair of conducting and associate director of bands at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band and coordinates the graduate wind conducting program. Since his appointment in 1985, the OU Wind Symphony has been acclaimed for its performances of standard and contemporary band literature, while performing for 12 national and regional professional music conventions. Under Wakefield, the OU Wind Symphony has cultivated new music through commissions, and has issued a compact disc recording of music spanning three centuries.

In 1996 Wakefield received the Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award for significant contributions to music in America. He has also been recognized for teaching excellence by the Blue Key Society of honor students. In 1997 he received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the OU College of Fine Arts and in 1998 he was nominated and inducted into the American Bandmasters Association.

Honor Band members are chosen by the staff of the UI Band Department on the basis of recommendations from their high school band directors, who are invited to nominate their best musicians.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community or readership area are members of the 2001 Iowa Honor Band. The participants are listed alphabetically by town and high school. The following information appears after the town and school names: Student’s name, instrument played and year in school. The band director’s name appears in parenthesis at the end of each school listing. Hometown listings are based on information provided by the students; editors are advised to check the listings for all towns in their area.

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Algona: Algona High School -- Dustin Menke, clarinet, junior (John A. Aboud)

Anamosa: Olin Consolidated High School -- Stephanie Stamm, trumpet, junior (Stephanie Soler)

Blairsburg: Northeast Hamilton High School -- Melanie Greufe, percussion, senior (Dennis Miller)

BoonE: Boone High School -- Kylie Behm, flute, senior (Russell Kamer)

Bryant: Northeast High School -- Kelly Bielenberg, saxophone, junior (Sarah Robinson)

Bussey: Twin Cedars High School -- Sarah Willms, percussion, senior (Russell Alexander)

Cascade: Cascade High School -- Daniel Kremer, trombone, senior; Joey Wolfe, trumpet, senior (Greg Dowe)

Cedar Rapids: Jefferson High School -- Erin Bowen, clarinet, junior; Michael Foley, tuba, junior; Charles Goyer, tuba, senior; Josh Solyntjes, euphonium, junior; Leslie Twite, horn, junior; Kari Windham, flute, junior (Earle Dickinson)

Kennedy High School -- Peter Boekels, trumpet, junior; David Neff, euphonium, sophomore; Laura Westercamp, euphonium, junior (James Jurgensen)

Linn-Mar High School -- Lisa Steiner, flute (Steve Colton)

Prairie High School -- Amanda Crosby, clarinet, junior; Courtney Herber, flute, junior; Drew Stolba, saxophone, sophomore; Mike Thursby, percussion, sophomore (Craig Aune)

Central City: Central City High School -- Kathryn Dunlap, saxophone, senior (Wendy Morton)

Charles City: Charles City Community High School -- Lisa Aird, horn. senior; Emily Crawford, saxophone, senior; Mindy Kimm, flute, junior; Carly Schweizer, clarinet, senior (Jim Jurgensen)

Clinton: Camanche High School -- Ben Kuster, trumpet, senior (Carolyn Petersen)

Clinton High School -- Elizabeth Duhr, trumpet, senior; Megan Owen, trombone, sophomore; Shelley Pawlowski, flute, senior; Xav Woods, horn, senior (Pamela Houser)

Conroy: Williamsburg High School -- Jennifer Kleinmeyer, flute, junior (Chad Sowers)

Coralville: West High School -- Amanda Aley, horn, senior; Jordan Fiebelkorn, euphonium, sophomore (Robert Medd)

Davenport: West High School -- Deborah Batchelor, bassoon, junior; Emily Goebel, clarinet, freshman; Kyle Ware, saxophone, senior (Dennis Mott)

Des Moines: Hoover High School -- Dan Glynn, oboe, junior (Richard Stendel)

Roosevelt High School -- Andrew Binkard, trombone, sophomore, Ben Lozano, saxophone, senior; Nick McGonigle, tuba, senior; Dana Morris, clarinet, junior; Carin Powell, flute, junior; Walter Reed, trumpet, senior; Katie Spitler, bassoon, freshman; Ann Stimmel, bassoon, junior (Treg Marcellus)

DeWitt: St. Katherine’s/St. Mark’s -- Michelle Balmer, percussion, sophomore (Judy Spencer)

Ely: Prairie High School -- Jennifer Allison, clarinet, junior (Craig Aune)

Estherville: Estherville Lincoln Central High School -- Mel Bohm, euphonium, senior; Stephanie Bohmer, tuba, senior; Amy Danielson, trombone, junior; Mitch Edmondson, clarinet, freshman; Jenna Larson, clarinet, freshman (Laura Fix)

Floyd: Charles City Community High School -- Ashley Marr, clarinet, senior; Danielle Vance, clarinet, senior (Jim Jurgensen)

Grundy Center: Grundy Center High School -- Stephani Orvis, clarinet, junior; Ellen Osterhaus, trumpet, senior; Ryan Schildroth, flute, junior (Andrew Van Hooreweghe)

Hiawatha: Kennedy High School -- Abigail Kegel, flute, senior (James Jurgensen)

Iowa City: City High School -- Jay Ellsmore, trumpet, senior; Andrea Hileman, bassoon, senior; Lance Holly, horn, sophomore; Andrew Knapp, trombone, junior; William Zeitler, saxophone, senior (Steve Stickney)

West High School -- Meagan Guglno, trumpet, sophomore; Nathaniel Jones, trombone, senior; Joanna Malott, clarinet, senior; Ariane Parkes-Perret, trombone, junior; Michael Pfohl, saxophone, senior (Robert Medd)

Jewell: South Hamilton High School -- Melanie Wilson, oboe, junior (John Carey)

Kalona: Mid-Prairie High School -- Jennifer Gingerich, saxophone, junior; Amanda Rodgers, trumpet, junior (David Kunz)

Kensett: Northwood-Kensett High School -- Jeff Schmidt, tuba, junior (Amy Cassill)

Keota: Keota High School -- Jill Bader, clarinet, senior; Elisabeth Peiffer, trumpet, senior (Korine Schlawin)

Madrid: Boone High School -- Joe Morphew, tuba, sophomore (Russell Kramer)

Marble Rock: Rockford Senior High School -- Ann Staudt, clarinet, junior (Sandra Willman)

Marengo: Iowa Valley Jr-Sr High School -- Michelle Brock, clarinet, junior; Samantha Fry, flute, junior (Jeffrey Heid)

Marion: Linn-Mar High School -- Michelle Colton, percussion, junior; Ryne Van Horn, oboe, sophomore (Steve Colton)

Marion High School -- Jenny Boyens, percussion, junior; Stephanie Law, horn, junior; Jon Lawson, tuba, junior; Meghan Redd, clarinet, junior; Lynsey Rogers, trombone, junior; David Stulken, horn, senior; Melissa Watt, horn, senior (Larry Bobe)

Mason City: Newman Catholic High School -- Marie Harms, flute, senior; Megan Hill, clarinet, junior; Andrew Willits, tuba, senior (Chris Bell)

Northwood: Northwood-Kensett High School -- Ashley Dierenfeld, trumpet, senior (Amy Cassill)

Olin: Olin Consolidated High School -- Cassy Groth, clarinet, senior; Grace Rohwedder, clarinet, senior (Stephanie Soler)

Oxford Junction: Olin Consolidated High School -- Jill LaSack, saxophone, junior (Stephanie Soler)

Pleasant Hill: Southeast Polk High School -- Samantha Danielson, percussion, senior (Randy Hoepker)

Preston: Preston High School -- Darcy Feuerbach, clarinet, junior; David Vorland, trombone, junior (Amanda Buege)

Riverside: Mid-Prairie High School -- Lauren Thomann, horn, junior (David Kunz)

Rockford: Rockford Senior High School -- Stacey Schmidt, clarinet, junior (Sandra Willman)

Rudd: Rockford Senior High School -- Kourtney Woodruff, clarinet, senior (Sandra Willman)

Solon: City High School -- Chris Van Rybroek, saxophone, sophomore (Steve Stickney)

Prairie High School -- Kelli Swehla, trumpet, senior (Craig Aune)

Swisher: Prairie High School -- Kelly Dunham, flute, junior (Craig Aune)

Tipton: Tipton High School -- Andrew Allen, saxophone, junior; Kevin Houstman, percussion, junior (Tom Nelson)

Toddville: Xavier High School -- Leah Detert, oboe, freshman (Russ McVay)

Walford: Prairie High School -- Wes Sedlacek, trombone, senior (Craig Aune)

Wellman: Keota High School -- Matt Miller, saxophone, senior (Korine Schlawin)

Mid-Prairie High School -- Carissa Stout, flute, junior (David Kunz)

Wellsburg: Grundy Center High School -- Danielle Krull, clarinet, senior (Andrew Van Hooreweghe)

West Branch: West Branch High School -- Rebecca Harding, clarinet, senior; Mandy Harris, clarinet, senior; Kate Thalken, horn, senior (Tamara Thies)

West Liberty: West Branch High School -- Jessica Middlemis-Brown, flute, senior (Tamara Thies)

Williamsburg: Williamsburg High School -- Quentin Dietrich, trumpet, senior; Andrew Folkmann, trombone, sophomore; Ashlee Tanke, trumpet, senior (Chad Sowers)

Wilton: Wilton High School -- Adam Begley, horn, junior (Pete Wyatt)

Wyoming: Olin Consolidated High School -- Angela Mayberry, trombone, senior (Stephanie Soler)