Twenty nine students from Milbank auditioned for the top high school band in the state. Auditions were recorded the last week in January and results are expected by mid-February. The 2021 South Dakota All-State Band concerts will be held at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Mitchell on March 26-27.
Auditioning for the all-state band also qualifies the MHS students for the 2021 North Area Honor Band in Aberdeen next December. The students are instructed by Susan Karels with assistance from Mrs. Deb Rausch.
Musicians who auditioned for the band included:
Front Row: Emily Wollschlager (sophomore trumpet), Maurina Street (sophomore alto sax), Peyten Wiese (senior clarinet), Hailey Hupke, (junior trombone), Amaya Street (senior trumpet), Savanna Osowski (junior trumpet), and Aubrey Fraasch (freshman alto sax). 2nd Row: Isaac Sousa (junior trumpet), Isaac Schulte (junior trumpet), Natalie Meyer (junior alto sax), Mackenzie Michels (senior tenor sax), Rachel Schulte (freshman clarinet), Sophia Whitlow (freshman clarinet), and Hope Karels (freshman bass clarinet). 3rd Row: Joe Schulte (freshman euphonium), Camryn Phinney (senior clarinet), Addie Farrell (sophomore clarinet), Brooke Mumbauer (freshman flute), Isabella Vogel (freshman flute), Savannah Stengel (junior clarinet), and Hattie Muellenbach (junior alto sax). 4th Row: Luis Berrones (sophomore bass clarinet), Merik Junker (sophomore percussion), Logan Meyer (senior trombone), Eric VanSambeek (senior alto sax), Drake Rogers (senior tuba), DeAndre French (senior trumpet), and William Karels (junior tuba). Not pictured: Ellie Neugebauer (sophomore clarinet).