Its an Honor! - Arlington students selected for four honor bands
August 28, 2008 · Updated 11:00 AM
Arlington band students are on the go, as always at this time of year, and several of them have been selected to perform with the best young musicians around the state and region.
Arlington schools have a remarkable number of students accepted into many of the regions top honor bands, said Joe Horzak, band teacher for Haller Middle School.
Selected musicians will be performing at a number of special music events in the upcoming weeks, Horzak said.
Of particular note, Jacob Aylesworth, tuba, and Dylan Carolus, baritone, will perform with the 2007 Music Educators National Conference All-Northwest Concert Band in Portland in February. They were selected based on audition tapes and applications were accepted from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming and Hawaii. They will entertain music teachers who are attending workshops at the regional music educators conference.
Collen McElroy, flute, and Amy Smith, tuba, will perform with the Washington Music Educators Association 2007 All-State Concert Band in Tacoma in March. They were selected from recorded auditions from students throughout Washington state.
Five Arlington High School students Dylan Carolus, baritone, Colleen McElroy, flute, Amy Smith, tuba, Zach Tankersely, alto sax, and Tyler Varnell, tenor sax, were selected to perform with the 2007 Northwest High School Honor Band at Pacific Lutheran University. These students were selected based on nominations from their band director, John Grabowski, who is also president of the Mount Pilchuck district of the Washington Music Educators Association.
Horzak sees the honor band experience as a chance for his students to test their skills with other talent in the region.
The honor bands are assembled for one or two rehearsals before a public performance, said Horzak, whose middle school students joined Kipp Otternesss Post Middle School students for an honor band experience last week.
Five Haller Middle School students Brad Boatman, Cara Condon, Michael Jacobson, Ryann Lewis, and Madison Moss, and five Post Middle School students Sara Abramowicz, Jessica Foster, Hayden Love, Nathaniel Ries, and Lily Schwartz performed at the Mount Pilchuck Music Educator Associations 2007 Middle School Honor Band Festival presented in Monroe last Thursday, Jan. 25.
Its really a neat thing, he said, You should have seen it. He said they performed two songs, When the sun breaks through the mist, and Renaissance Dances.
The middle school students were selected based on a rank sheet filled out by their teachers, Horzak said.
The community can hear Arlington High School and middle school musicians play at a special event tomorrow night, said Band Booster President Patti McElroy. Jazz Night features both high school and middle school band students, Thursday, Feb. 1, at the old high school auditorium, at 135 S. French in Arlington
High school soloists and ensembles will present the Blue and Gold Recital tonight, Jan. 31, in Lyle Fordes choir room at Arlington High School.
High School band students and one middle school student will be performing at the Mount Pilchuck Music Educators Associations Solo and Ensemble Festival Saturday, Feb. 3.
Two Arlington High School band ensembles, the Wind Ensemble and On Hold are planning a trip to San Francisco for the Heritage Music Festival March 29 to April 1 this spring and the parent support group, the Band Boosters are already busy planning the annual dessert dance, Swing into Spring, which is set for May 4 and 5 and volunteers are needed.
The boosters have just finished a quilt that will be raffled at the dessert dance May 5, McElroy said. For information about how to help with Swing into Spring call McElroy at 360-436-1777.