Fourteen middle school band members will be representing Clarke in the South Central Conference Honor Band on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Other schools in the conference include Albia, Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, and Knoxville. Each school is sending seventh and eighth grade students to participate in this honor band. Clarke will host the event this year. The Clarke Seventh Grade Band will be represented by Riley Elsbury (trombone), Calhoun Lundquist (trombone), Braden Blevins (tuba), and Jenna Crawford (percussion). The Clarke Eighth Grade Band will be represented by Chailyn Beydler (flute), Jessica Guerrero (clarinet), Sophia Hicks (clarinet), John Reynoldson (alto saxophone), Jairus Davis (tenor saxophone), Ely Crawford (bari saxophone), Jadie Bowlsby (trumpet), Breanna Selsor (French Horn), Jose Vega Polanco (tuba), and Colby Feehan (percussion). All of these band members are students of Christie Averweg, the middle school band director at Clarke.
Students have been given five pieces of music to practice in advance of the honor band. On March 20, all of the students from the various schools will rehearse together at Clarke during the afternoon as an ensemble for the first time. That evening, they will present a concert for the public. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Clarke Auditorium. Admission to the concert is $3 per adult and $2 per student. The guest conductor will be Steve Day, a retired band director from Des Moines. He continues to be active as a professional trumpeter in central Iowa.
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, many Clarke Middle School Band Members participated in the Clarke Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival. These band members rehearsed their musical selections and then performed their pieces for a judge. This year, the judge was Mike Peters, the band director from Creston High School. First, he listened to each performance. Immediately afterward, Mr. Peters offered positive feedback to each performer, as well as suggestions for improvement. Band members earned a rating based upon their performance. After the festival, each performer also received a written ballot from the judge and an award ribbon. Mr. Peters selected Calhoun Lundquist, son of Peggy and Ryan Lundquist, to receive the outstanding seventh grade performance award for his trombone solo. John Reynoldson, son of Elisabeth and Bob Reynoldson, received the outstanding eighth grade performance award for his alto saxophone solo. All Clarke Middle School Band Members are students of Christie Averweg.
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Student Preview: Friday, March 2nd, 2nd-6th hr. and 8th hr. (With classroom teacher)
Teacher Preview: Monday, March 5th, 7:30-8:00 am
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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.
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