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Three NHS band students earn All-Star status

Monday, December 10, 2007

Months after placing second in the Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band State Finals, a few Northview Marching Knights are still racking up the awards.

Three students participated in the Indiana State All-Star Band Friday through Sunday at Indiana State University, all earning peer awards during the weekend.

Erika Matson, a junior alto saxophonist, Adam Rice, a senior trumpeter and Jack Parker, a senior baritone player, all earned the honor of section leaders.

Section leaders were determined by auditions.

The three were nominated by band director Bob Medworth, and had to send in recommendations to be considered. ISU selected 80 students from the state to participate.

Students then prepared a solo piece and practiced sight-reading for the audition.

"It was a lot different being able to perform with people who really care about what they're doing," Parker said about the experience. "We learned a lot this weekend."

During the weekend, students practiced music that ranged from medieval to modern.

The weekend culminated with a performance in Tilson Music Hall on the ISU campus Sunday.

Parker said he plans on continuing to perform in college, and appreciated the encouragement from ISU staff to attend the school and possible scholarship availability.

The All-Star Band weekend will not be the last of the honors in store for Parker this year.

He will participate in the Indiana Music Educators Association Honor Band Jan. 18-19, and will perform in a concert for a statewide audience of music educators.

Parker had to submit an audition tape to be considered for the band.

Medworth said all Northview music instructors would be in attendance for that performance.

"I'm expecting to start with a whole new band, make some new friends and work with another guest conductor and learn about his style of performing." Parker said.

The Music Educators Honor Band will hold their concert on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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