A Successful 2013 PMEA District 7 Youth Honors Band
What is it?
Every school year, music teachers from PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 7 hold an honors band festival in which the best instrumentalists from eight Pennsylvania counties may participate. These counties include Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland, York, Adams and Franklin. This festival, usually held during the month of November at one of the larger schools in the seven county area, is for students in grades 5 and 6 who have or are studying their instrument for at least the second year.
Based on musical ability and other criteria, participants are nominated to be a member of this distinguished group each September. Selected students are then placed into one of two bands with each band preparing five or six pieces of music that will be performed at a Saturday afternoon concert. Under the leadership of a guest conductor, each honors band rehearses on a Friday evening for several hours as well as several hours the Saturday morning of the concert.
What participants are saying.
Three of the participants in the 2013 festival have this to say about their experience in Dillsburg:
"My experience at honors band was very good and if I had the opportunity to go again I would definitely go. I really like that I got to play with students from 40 different bands and made a lot of friends. The music we played was really cool and fun."
"I liked honors band because you could hang out with friends, play great music, and make new friends. At first I was nervous because what if some people would be mean to me. It was hard to play for tons of hours that I am not used to, but it paid off because everyone loved our music."
"It was neat to play with so many clarinets. It was
awesome to be part of a really big band and hear all the different types of instruments"
About the festival.
The 2013 Youth Honors Band Festival was be held at the Northern York High School (Dillsburg, PA) on November 15 and 16, 2013. The band rehearsed three hours on Friday night and then three hours on Saturday morning. Since they lived just five minutes from the festival site, Jaeden's grandparents graciously housed Mr. Rappoldt and the five boys overnight so we didn't have to make several 1.5 hour one-way trips to the performance site. Everyone who attended the hour long concert on Saturday enjoyed the quality with which the two bands of 80 students performed. The 2014 festival will be held almost three hours west of CCS in Greencastle in Franklin County.
Who participated in 2013.
The following CCS students represented out school at this two day event:
Garrett Watkins - clarinet, grade 5
Spencer Colon - clarinet, grade 5
Riley Watkins - percussion, grade 5
Jaeden Schreier - percussion, grade 5
Zachary Johnson - baritone, grade 6