It is that time of year again when music students at North Tahoe High School compete against other high school students for spots in prestigious honor bands throughout the state of California.
These honor bands are true to their names, in that being selected is indeed an honor, and there are many levels of bands for which students may audition.
The three most difficult honor bands for our students are “Capitol Honor Band,” the Northern California Honor Band known as “NorCal” and the grand event … “All State.”
Capitol Honor Band combines all schools from the greater Sacramento area.
Eighty high schools are invited to participate and about 40 schools send auditions for the 90-piece band.
It is hoped that each participating school sends two students; North Tahoe High School is sending six students to this event: Grace Lindemann and Bonnie Goslin on clarinet, Ryan Heisinger on trombone, John Humphreys on bass trombone, Picabo Fraas on French horn and Logan McDonald on trumpet.
NorCal includes every high school north of Interstate 80 and parts of Highway 50. It cuts through Sacramento and covers all of the schools to the Oregon border.
There are 270 schools invited to this event.
This year, North Tahoe is sending the most it has ever sent.
We have 10 students taking seats in the 100-piece band.
Not bad for a little school in the sticks.
The following students were accepted: Bonnie Goslin, Grace Lindemann and Jackson Shaw on clarinet, Picabo Fraas on French horn, Zoe Anderson on tenor sax, Logan McDonald on trumpet, Ryan Heisinger on trombone, John Humphreys on bass trombone, Ben Avery on tuba and Annie Thompson on percussion. Congratulations on representing North Tahoe so well.
California All State had more than 1,700 auditions for the 2014 state convention.
Northern California, in total, sends only 17 percent of the overall number of participants to Fresno for this opportunity.
I am pleased to announce that John Humphreys has achieved this honor for the second consecutive year and he is only a sophomore. Great work.
These honor bands reflect incredible individual effort and practice, but also require hours of private lessons and a program that can send these students.
Thank you to the community for your support of the program and for the private teachers who work hard with the students, but mostly thank you to the students who believe in themselves enough to try for such a difficult task and achieve at such high levels.