North Tahoe-Truckee music students earn honored invitations |

North Tahoe-Truckee music students earn honored invitations

Jacob Dickerman, left, Connor McMullen, Taylor Johns, Logan Phillips, Lucian Mahan are among area student musicians invited to perform with honor bands.
Submitted photo/Janet Atkinson

Throughout the school year, students in Truckee High School’s band program have qualified for California’s highest level honor bands, a news release states.

Music professionals have judged recordings submitted by Truckee students, and have found the local students to be well qualified for placements in a wide range of honor bands throughout the state.

According to the release the most prestigious invitation to the upcoming Symphonic All State Band, has been extended to Truckee’s trombone player Jacob Dickerman and to trumpet player Connor McMullen.

“They are the first students in nearly 10 years to represent THS at the state’s highest level,” the release states. “Last year, THS sent two other students as the first ever All-State Jazz Band students from Truckee High. They were Jordy Guldman on trumpet and Christian Nicely on guitar.”

“It’s amazing to get to play with high level musicians who inspire you. Although it’s a challenge to get into this level, you grow because of it.” — Taylor JohnsPercussionist

“It can reassure students that they have been progressing to another level, and they can possibly work toward playing music in college,” McMullen said on why it’s good to try out for honor bands. “The audition process helps a person to get into one piece of music and learn advanced techniques.”

Gaining ground in the greater Sacramento region, Dickerman and McMullen were joined in January by percussionist Taylor Johns and trumpet player Lucian Mahan for the Capitol Honor Band. North Tahoe student Logan Phillips, also on trumpet, earned a spot as well.

“It’s amazing to get to play with high level musicians who inspire you. Although it’s a challenge to get into this level, you grow because of it. Then you can share with your classmates what you’ve learned to inspire others,” said percussionist Taylor Johns.

After more outstanding auditions, THS students continued to shine at NorCal Honor Band, held at CSU Humboldt the first weekend in February. Keeping busy with just about one honor band each month, students Jacob Dickerman, Connor McMullen, Taylor Johns and Lucian Mahan were joined by several more Truckee students in NorCal’s Symphonic Band, including: Jacob’s brother, Tyler Dickerman on clarinet; Freshman Rowan Bohnet on the French Horn; and upright bass player, Mischa Weltz. North Tahoe High School’s Logan Phillips again earned a spot, as well as Claire Roberts on flute. THS musicians, Cam Trummer on alto saxophone and Lily Elliott on trumpet made the NorCal Jazz Band.

Honor bands have filled Truckee’s band calendar, and have been attended by over 50 students.

Closer to home, the CMEA Northern Select Honor Band picked up seven Truckee students. They were Jamie Howard and Marije Propstra on flute, Sabrina Achrio on trumpet, Kinsey Lathbury on french horn, Brandon Cooley on bass clarinet, Kole Krautstrunk on bassoon, and Jonah Caldwell on baritone.

Additionally, 11 Truckee High students passed auditions, and went on to attend the Sierra College Honor Band in December, and a whopping 39 Truckee students represented the school at the Region 5 Honor Band at Chico State in November.

“Honor bands are very unique,” said Truckee High School’s band teacher Jesse Steele. “Students learn and grow so much as musicians. When they come back to their schools, they bring everything that they’ve learned.”

Percussionist Taylor Johns added, “People can actually hear what you’ve learned, and you become a more complete musician.”

Moving into spring, the Truckee High School Band Program will start focusing on local performances, including a tribute to Duke Ellington at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the THS theater, the fifth annual Gatsby Gala, held on April 4 in Truckee’s Rec Center, and a concert titled, “A Night at the Movies” on May 21, when over 70 band students in the symphonic program will play all movie soundtracks.

Go to, to see the band’s events, including information about tickets to the Gatsby Gala.

Source: Truckee High School

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