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Middle School Students Accepted into SCIBA Honor Bands

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59f261f358a84Pictured from left to right—Riley Elsbury (trombone), Colby Feehan (percussion), and Molly Sickels (percussion)
Pictured from left to right—Riley Elsbury (trombone), Colby Feehan (percussion), and Molly Sickels (percussion)

Three Clarke Middle School Band members were accepted into the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) Honor Bands.  Each of the three honor bands has approximately 100 participants.  The SCIBA Honor Band Festival will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the auditorium at Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa.  Students from 75 schools located in the south central portion of Iowa will rehearse together during the afternoon and present a concert for the public in the evening.  The Red Band will perform at 6:30 PM, followed by the White Band at 7:00 PM.  The Blue Band will perform at 7:30 PM.  The admission fee for audience members is $3 for adults and $2 for non-participating students.


Eighth grade percussionist, Colby Feehan, son of Stacey and Ron Feehan, auditioned on snare drum, timpani, and marimba, in order to earn a prestigious place in the SCIBA Blue Band.  The Blue Band is the most elite of the honor bands and is made up solely of eighth graders who audition to earn their place.  For his initial audition, Colby had to memorize many percussion rudiments and perform three challenging musical selections for two judges.  Colby was recalled, so he had to audition again.  The second audition took place in front of four judges.  This year, the Blue Band will be under the direction of Randall Standridge, a composer from Jonesboro, Arkansas.  SCIBA commissioned a special piece composed by Mr. Standridge, entitled “Cha’la.”  The exciting debut performance of this piece will take place at the SCIBA Honor Band Concert. 


In addition, two seventh grade students were selected to represent Clarke at the SCIBA Honor Band Festival.  Riley Elsbury, daughter of Mary and Miles Murphy, and Jillian and Shawn Elsbury, was chosen to play trombone in the SCIBA White Band.  The White Band is composed of a combination of eighth grade students who auditioned to earn their place, as well as seventh grade students who were nominated by their band directors.  The White Band will be conducted by Chris Strohmaier from Waukee High School.  Molly Sickels, daughter of Gina and Aaron Sickels, was selected as a percussionist in the SCIBA Red Honor Band.  The Red Band consists solely of seventh grade musicians who were nominated by their band directors.  The Red Band will be conducted by Michael Albarracin from Marshalltown Middle School.  All of these students have been busy preparing their music during their school band lessons for the upcoming concert with Clarke Middle School Band Director, Christie Averweg.  Colby Feehan also takes private percussion lessons from Rachel McCoy, and Molly Sickels takes private piano lessons from Marlene Burgus.