Middle School Students to Participate in Simpson Honor Band
Four eighth grade students from Clarke Middle School will participate in the 29th Annual Simpson College Orpheus Honor Band Festival on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Band members were chosen not only based upon written recommendations from their band teachers, but also to provide proper instrumentation for two balanced honor bands of equal playing ability. Both of the honor bands are named for Simpson’s colors—the Red Band and the Gold Band. Students from 47 different schools have been given music to practice prior to the festival. On the day of the festival, all of the students will rehearse together during the morning and afternoon as an ensemble for the first time. Then that evening, they will present a concert for the public. Each of the two honor bands has approximately 95 members apiece. The concert will begin on January 16, 2018, at 6:30 P.M. with a performance by some Simpson College Instrumental Ensembles, followed by both of the middle school honor bands. All of the performances will take place in Pote Theatre at the Blank Performing Arts Center on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola. The concert is free and open to the public.
Jadie Bowlsby, daughter of Kayla Halverson and Jeremy Bowlsby, was selected on trumpet, and Jessica Guerrero, daughter of Bertha Olmos, was chosen on clarinet to represent Clarke in the Red Honor Band. For the Gold Honor Band, Breanna Selsor, daughter of Paula and Shane Selsor, was selected on French Horn, and Colby Feehan, son of Stacey and Ron Feehan, was chosen on percussion. These students have been rehearsing the honor band music with their teacher, Christie Averweg, the Clarke Middle School band director, in order to prepare for the festival.