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High school students go to honor band

Renée Shadforth

The all-stars of Tahoe Truckee High School’s band head to Rocklin today to participate in the Sierra College Honor Band.For many local band members, this won’t be their first honor band experience.”This is my fourth time going to this honor band,” said senior Lia Chase, a percussionist. Chase, like many Truckee High band students, has been to several honor bands, which bring the best of the best of teen musicians in the state to one stage.”I’m probably less nervous [about being in an honor band] now,” Chase said. “My freshman year I didn’t know what to expect … It’s really laid back. It’s a really good chance to bond with other students from California.”

Despite Chase’s cool, the honor band experience is quite grueling. First there are the audition tapes. Students must send their best work to judges who decide if they will make the cut.Then, once students arrive at the performance location, they are thrown in a band with students they’ve most likely never played with before. They go through an intense rehearsal, and then play one or two days later in one of the biggest concerts of their lives. In the case of the Sierra College Honor Band, the students arrived this morning, they will rehearse all day, and then perform tonight.However, honor band isn’t all work, senior Egan Dolph pointed out. Since travel is always involved, it’s an opportunity to check out a new place.”It’s mostly fun when you go down there with your friends,” said Dolph, who plays clarinet. “[During the] time off you get to go around the town with your friends.”Honor band also looks good on a college application.

Dolph compared the aspects of honor band to playing a sport – the practice and then the concert, or game day. He called All Sate Honor Band the Super Bowl of high school band concerts.Acceptance into honor band is proof that all of the students’ hard work and time spent practicing have paid off, Chase said.”It’s rewarding because you took the time and the effort, and you earned your spot,” Chase said. “You test your abilities.”Check it out

Truckee High band holiday concert• Dec. 8, 7 p.m.• Truckee High auditorium• Free• Performances by the concert, symphonic and jazz bands


 

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