School senior band students Fred Owens and Joel Peterson recently
participated in the 2016 Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Honor
Concert Band. This 110-member ensemble includes some of Indiana’s finest
student musicians, from many of the best music programs in the state.
The Honor Band
recently performed as part of the annual IMEA Professional Development
Conference which took place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort
Wayne on January 14-16.
“Being able to
perform such difficult music with only two days of rehearsing was awesome,"
“It’s really cool
being in an environment where everyone is dedicated to music," Owens added.
accepted into this ensemble receive their music a few weeks prior to the
conference weekend so that they may have the chance to practice and work
with their directors in preparation for the event. Once at the conference,
the students have minimal rehearsal time with a special guest conductor in
order to prepare as many as eight pieces for their concert performance that
This year’s special
guest conductor was Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Professor of Music and Director of
Bands at Hofstra University.