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Students represent Tahoe-Truckee schools at Honor Band

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Truckee High School's Region V Honor Band participants at California State University Chico.
Scott Thompson |

Forty-four TTUSD high school students were selected to attend the California Music Educator Association’s 2016 Region V High School Honor Band held at Chico State University on November 18 and 19.

An honor band is an event where students from many schools, in this case from around Northern California, come together and work with a professional conductor.

This year the students were lucky to work under the direction of Dr. Royce Tevis, the Director of University Bands at C.S.U. Chico. For over thirty years, Dr. Tevis has earned national recognition for quality performances with both high school and university students. His enthusiasm for music and working with this great collection of high school students was contagious.

The honor band students practiced for over twelve hours mostly as a whole band, but also in sectionals with their instrument groupings. The event culminated with a public performance in the Harlan Adams Theater at C.S.U.Chico.

Their performance included five skillful and varied works, the Kirkpatrick Fanfare by Andrew Boysen, the hymn “Thus Do You Fare My Jesus” by J.S. Bach and “Journey Through Orion” composed by Julie Giroux.

The group also performed the hauntingly beautiful “Symphony #1 Memoriam Dresden 1945” by Daniel Bukvich, a work meant to depict the fierce Allied bombing attacks on Dresden, Germany, on February 13 and 14 of 1945.

As part of the symphony, students used human voice and non-traditional adaptations of wind instruments to create the powerful, suspenseful and emotional music that captured the sounds of this historic tragedy. The performance ended with an spirited rendition of Edwin Goldman’s “Cheerio March.”

Musicians from North Tahoe High School included Riley Hacker and Jack Plexico on flute, Tobin Johnson, Bailey Shaw, Xochitl Perez, Brie Kissmann and Chelsea Austin on clarinet,  Nathan Lutz on contra bass clarinet, Elise Avery on Baritone Saxophone, Jamie Lanza on trumpet, Jacs Mellor, Jillian Argiris and Kestrel Sura on horn, Christine Steele on trombone, Alaina Hill on euphonium, and Teah Williams on percussion. 

Musicians from Truckee High School included J.P. Eikam, Sierra Bohnet, Sidney Klovstad on flute, Avery Fournier and Juli-anna Kaufmann on oboe, Jessie Howard, Ari Villanueva, Gabby Achiro, Marlenne Carrillo, Shannon Sundale and Chloe Schaecher on clarinet, Cameron Uhlry and Vincenzo Pellegrino on bass clarinet, Cam Trummer and Carolina Pacheco on alto saxophone, Alex Caldwell on tenor saxophone, Harry Rodriguez on baritone saxophone, Jack Keith,Connor McMullen and Tonito Posada on trumpet, Jacob Dickerman on trombone, Mia Herrera on euphonium, Francis Manthorpe and Andrew Parkhurst on tuba, Sonia Breuch, Kane Thompson and Charles Maciel on percussion.