The 29th Annual South Dakota North Area Honor Band will perform in concert on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen. Mr. Jerry Letcher, retired Aberdeen Central band director and current music faculty member at NSU, will serve as the guest conductor.
The South Dakota North Area Honor Band was created when area band directors began expressing an interest in providing a regional opportunity for their experienced instrumental musicians. Upon nomination by their band director, students who auditioned for the 2019 South Dakota All-State Band are seated first in the ensemble, and additional students of high caliber complete the sections. It remains the goal of the 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.
Milbank Band Director Susan Karels said, “Honor Band has twenty-eight schools and approximately one hundred students that have been selected to participate.”
Tickets to the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades 1-12.
Participating musicians from Milbank High School include:
Row 1: Alaina Rausch (senior clarinet), Isaac Schulte (sophomore trumpet)
Row 2: Crystal Spiering (senior flute/piccolo), DeAndre French (junior trumpet)
Row 3: Savannah Stengel (sophomore clarinet), Camryn Phinney (junior clarinet), Luis Berrones (freshman bass clarinet)
Row 4: Hattie Muellenbach (sophomore alto sax), Merik Junker (freshman percussion), Isaac Sousa (sophomore trumpet)
Row 5: Logan Meyer (junior trombone), William Karels (sophomore tuba)
Row 6: Jackson McFaden (senior bass clarinet), Drake Rogers (junior tuba), and Noah Mursu (senior alto sax)