MS: IBA All-State Band Honors Print

 

Earlier this month, WMS students Erik M & Meredith R, performed in the 26th annual All Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band in Des Moines. Composer Rob Grice was the conductor. Included in the program was a premier composition called “Ivan the Terrible (Tsar of Russia 1530-1584)” by Grice, other pieces by Grice & standard concert band literature by James Ployhar & Frank Erickson. Earning this prestigious honor started in January, when students from all over SE Iowa auditioned for the SE District Honor band. The 5 minute individual audition included 3 pieces of music (etudes) & any 2 scales out of 9 they were to have prepared plus a chromatic scale the range of their instrument. After one audition, it was down to a recall audition to see who earned the rite to be a part of the SEIBA District Honor Band. After a second audition, final results were posted. There are no classifications based on school size with this competition, so all students are in competition from the smallest schools like Keota, Tri-County & Waco all the way up to the largest schools from Iowa City, Davenport, Ottumwa, Osklaoosa, Keokuk & Burlington. Each school has a limit to the number of students they can audition (15 or 10% of your band). In a few cases, larger schools can submit 18-20 students based on the percentage of band. This year, Washington sent 13 students to audition & 11 made it into the SEIBA Honor Band. For the IBA 8th Grade All-State Band, top 8th grade students were selected from the SEIBA district honor band. Only 3 trumpet players & 2 trombone players were selected to represent SE Iowa. Congratulations to Erik (trumpet) & Meredith (trombone)! The last student from Washington to earn this honor was Keri M (sister of Erik) in 2009.

Last Updated on Thursday, May 29 2014 07:18