Three MMI Preparatory School students were selected to participate in Marywood University's Junior Wind Band Celebration held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
The Marywood University Junior Wind Band Celebration is an outreach program designed to provide support to school band students and their directors. It features numerous events designed to provide challenging instruction, motivation and inspiration to band students. More than 140 students participated in either the Honors Band or the Celebration Band during the two-day wind band celebration held at Marywood.
The program included auditions, rehearsals, a director's banquet, featured ensemble concerts, a performance by the Marywood University Wind Ensemble and a final concert given by the participants in either the Celebration or Honor Bands.
Seventh-grade student Aaron Harman, son of Ronald and Yvonne Harman of Drums, was chosen as first chair, trombone, for the Honors Band and played a solo piece as first chair.
Ninth-grade student Sarah Moyer, daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer of Bowmanstown, was selected as third chair, flute, for the Honors Band.
Eighth-grade student Garrett Kost, son of Joseph and Natalie Kost, Freeland, played trumpet in the Celebration Band.
The program was developed as an instructional supplement for selected band students in seventh to ninth grades with the goal of helping students improve as musicians. Primary emphasis is directed toward improving individual musicianship and ensemble techniques within a positive and inspiring environment.
Students are nominated by individual school music directors and final selections conducted by university music faculty. Each year, nationally recognized band clinicians attend the program to work with student participants and conduct the final concert on day two of the festival. Joseph Hermann served as conductor for the Honors Band and Laura Moates Stanley served as conductor for the Celebration Band during the Dec. 1 concert.
The Marywood University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance; the Marywood Chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Marywood University Bands sponsor the two-day Junior Wind Band Celebration.