Chesterton High School senior Kaleigh Wilder has been selected to
participate in the 53rd Annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival
sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA).
Wilder is a member of the CHS Band program. Since joining band as a sixth
grader, Wilder has been very involved in almost every aspect of the music
curriculum, including membership in the CHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble,
Symphonic Orchestra, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Madrigal Dinner performances
and as the drum major for the Trojan Guard Marching Band during both the
2011 and 2012 seasons.
She has further distinguished herself through her many gold medal
performances at both the district and state level of the Indiana State
School Music Associationís (ISSMA) annual solo and ensemble competitions.
Wilder earned the honor of being a part of the All-State Band by
participating in a highly competitive audition process held in January at
nine locations across Indiana. Over 750 talented young musicians applied to
audition. A selection committee then reviewed recordings from each center.
One hundred sixty-five outstanding students from 54 high schools have been
selected for participation in this yearís festival. Dr. Tom Caneva of Ball
State University will direct the 82-piece Indiana All-State Band. In
addition to the regular Indiana All-State Band, there is a select Honor
Band. Paul Popiel of the University of Kansas will direct the 83-member
Indiana All-State Honor Band.
All members will participate in a series of activities including seating
audition, sectionals, and full rehearsals from Friday, March 8 through
Sunday, March 10. A grand finale concert will be presented to the public on
Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue
University West Lafayette campus. Directions to Elliott Hall of Music many
be found on the IBA website at