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February 8, 2016

   
 Eastside High School 
Honor Band Participants
Indian Creek Middle School
Honor Band Participants
   
 Cousins Middle School
Honor Band Participants
 District IV Honor Band


Newton County School System students were out in full force Saturday, February 6, representing the school district in the Georgia Music Educator Association’s 2016 District IV Honor Band. This year 46 very talented NCSS middle and high school students were selected to participate in the prestigious bands.

“Students earning a place in this ensemble are among the most accomplished instrumentalists in our district,” said Cousins Middle School band director Christine Kraemer. “They had an opportunity to prepare selections for a concert and work with accomplished clinicians from across the country.  In addition, they had the chance to perform alongside students from DeKalb, Rockdale, Morgan, and Jasper county schools, Decatur City Schools and some private schools.”

According to Eastside High School band director, Alan Fowler, the students auditioned for the District IV Honor Band in December.

“The middle school students were required to play four major scales, their chromatic scale, and an etude,” Fowler explained. “They also had to sight-read a new piece of music. High school freshmen and sophomores had to play 8 major scales, their chromatic scales, and a challenging sight-reading. Juniors and seniors performed 12 major scales plus a more challenging etude and sight-reading pieces.”

Fowler added that participating in the Honor Band provides students an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as musicians.

“First, I believe any time students are able to perform for an appreciative crowd there is great benefit,” said Fowler. “But beyond that, participating in the honor band audition process is a tremendously valuable experience and actually playing in an honor band allows students to sit next to, learn with, and perform alongside other fine musicians from across the district.  Working with other directors besides their own affords students the opportunity to learn from folks who may say things differently and have other approaches to directing than their own directors. When kids go back to their home school, what they can share is priceless and helps their peers at home improve.  Honor bands are a long and valued tradition around the globe.”

NCSS students selected for the 2016 Georgia Music Educators District IV Honor Bands are listed below.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

INSTRUMENT

SCHOOL

Miranda Johnson

Flute

Cousins

Chadni Patel

Flute

Cousins

Duncan Jourdan

Clarinet

Cousins

Trent Trisch

Clarinet

Cousins

Audrey Everson

Clarinet

Cousins

Aiyana Cooper

Clarinet

Cousins

Jade Johnson

Bass Clarinet

Cousins

Marina Busby

Alto Sax

Cousins

Presley Haney

Tenor Sax

Cousins

Noah Williams

Trumpet

Cousins

Joyce Li

Horn

Cousins

Joseph Bickel

Baritone

Cousins

Ray Holt

Trombone

Cousins

Jada Wells

Tuba

Cousins

Eathan Xu

Percussion

Cousins

Addie Gilreath

Percussion

Cousins

Gwyneth Lee

Clarinet

Indian Creek

Logan Putnam

Tenor Sax

Indian Creek

Jared Seals

Tenor Sax

Indian Creek

Raphael Soria

Flute

Veterans 

Ify Ojiaku

Clarinet

Veterans 

Hunter Owensby

Tenor Sax

Veterans 

Julia Kolt

Horn

Veterans 

HIGH SCHOOL 

Daniel Dunn

Trumpet

Alcovy 

Norman Monte

Tuba

Alcovy 

Shellie Xu

Flute

Eastside 

Bryson Mahaffey

Flute

Eastside 

Jahlel Peoples

Bass Clarinet

Eastside 

Brianna Lawrence

Tenor Sax

Eastside 

Chandler Parkman

Trumpet

Eastside 

Joshua Herron

Trumpet

Eastside 

Wesley Rains

Horn

Eastside 

Jonathan Sugg

Trumpet

Eastside 

Kenny Harris

Horn

Eastside 

Kelsey Meeler

Clarinet

Eastside 

Reid Waters

Clarinet

Eastside 

Katie Beth Fowler

Horn

Eastside 

Nick Anderson

Tuba

Eastside 

Kai Thomas

Clarinet

Newton 

Malachi Sutton

Trumpet

Newton 

Tyler Justice

Trombone

Newton 

John Harden

Clarinet

Newton 

Hezekiah Rodgers

Alto Sax

Newton 

Israel Humphrey

Alto Sax

Newton 

Jiovanni Tuzzo

Trombone

Newton 

Jonathan Reed

Tuba

Newton