Thirteen Milbank High School musicians have been selected for the 26th Annual South Dakota North Area Honor Band in Aberdeen. On Saturday, December 3, the MHS musicians will join nearly 100 students from 26 schools. Dr. Jason Caslor, Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras at Arizona State University, will be the guest conductor. The event culminates with a concert at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Northern State University.
“It remains the goal of directors to increase the interest in instrumental performance and to provide a top level learning experience for the more advanced high school band students of this area,” explained MHS band director Susan Karels.
Representing MHS are: seniors Jamie DeVaal (clarinet), Korinne Roggenbuck (alto saxophone) and Sarah Ward (bass clarinet); juniors Kimberlly Aburto (trumpet), Sadie Holland (clarinet), Christina Lusk (clarinet), Rebecca Loehrer (flute), and Chase Pinkert (clarinet); sophomores Kellie Christians (percussion), Keaton Hagen (trumpet), and Kimberly Van Sambeek (alto saxophone); and freshman Alaina Rausch (clarinet). Senior Brooke Fraasch was also selected, but is unable to attend.
Participating schools are: Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Christian, Aberdeen Roncalli, Castlewood, Clark, Doland, Eureka, Faulkton, Gettysburg, Great Plains Lutheran, Groton Area, Henry, Hoven, Howard, Huron, Ipswich, Langford, Leola, Milbank, Northwestern, Rosholt, Selby Area, Sully Buttes, Warner, Webster Area, and Wolsey-Wessington.
Admission for the concert is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Honor band students are: Kellie Christians, Brooke Fraasch, Chase Pinkert, and Keaton Hagen. Middle row, Rebecca Loehrer, Kimberly Van Sambeek, Sarah Ward and Jamie DeVaal. Front row: Kimberlly Aburto, Christina Lusk, and Alaina Rausch. Selected, but not in the photo is Korinne Roggenbuck.