Next weekend, 11 MVHS students will perform at the Indiana Bandmasters Association's 18th annual All-District Honor Band Festival.
The students were selected to participate in the festival after they applied to be in the band back in August. They learned of their selection a few weeks ago.
The following students—many of the seniors—were selected for the All-District Honor Band: Mary Barnett (12), alto saxophone; Emily Bostrom (12), tenor saxophone; Ethan Cottrell (9), euphonium; Jacob Daswani (12), trombone; Erin Dunn (12), flute and piccolo; Grace Miller (12), percussion; Tara Paarlberg (12), clarinet; Carlie Sanders (10), trumpet; Nikki Schreiner (12), flute; Lauren Vest (12), flute; and Patrick Watson (12), percussion. Last year, only three MVHS students performed with the band.
The IBA's All-District Honor Band Festival for high-school students opens with a day of rehearsals Saturday at nine different sites around Indiana (the Mt. Vernon students will be at New Castle High School). The band at each site will perform a free concert, open to the public, at 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the songs the band will perform is one commissioned by the IBA for the 2017 festival: "Divertimento for Winds and Percussion" by Ryan Fraley.
The guest conductor for the All-District Band at New Castle will be Dr. Vu Nguyen, director of bands at the University of Indianapolis.