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McNeese to Host High School Regional Honor Band Weekend

January 31, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
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The McNeese State University High School Regional Honor Band Weekend will be hosted Feb. 7-9 by the McNeese Bands program.

High school band directors from 22 high schools across Louisiana and Texas nominated over 200 of their best student-musicians, from which two concert bands were selected, according to Dr. Jay N. Jacobs, director bands at McNeese.

Dr. Chris Heffner, director of bands, Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Shane Goforth, director of bands at North Shore Senior High School, Houston, Texas, will serve as the honor band clinicians/conductors.

Students will participate in full-band rehearsals and master classes with McNeese faculty and attend the McNeese Wind Symphony concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Tritico Theatre of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

The wind symphony concert – held in conjunction with the honor band weekend – is open free to the public and will feature, among other works, Frank Ticheli’s “Symphony No. 2.” With movements titled “Shooting Stars,” “Dreams Under a New Moon” and “Apollo Unleashed,” the work is entertaining and colorful. Appropriate for a McNeese concert, the evening will conclude with John Williams’ “The Cowboys.”

The honor bands will present their free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Tritico Theatre.

Area Louisiana high schools represented include:

BARBE: Jaylan Jones, flute

COMEAUX: Rachel Choate, clarinet; Vega Crain, flute; Evan Tassin, tuba; Gabe Thibodeaux, alto saxophone

DEQUINCY: Jacob Aultman, percussion; Nathan Emmons, alto saxophone; Vance Pharris, tuba; Brendan Taylor, clarinet

DERIDDER: Mashaelie Blackwell, trumpet; Ryan Cardy, horn; Nicholas Castro, clarinet; James Egbert, trumpet; Emmy Ervin, clarinet; Brendon Groves, trombone-bass; D’Alan Hickman, trombone; Kamryn Purdue, oboe; Amara Roberson, clarinet; Chris Watson, bass clarinet

IOTA: Logan Bogard, trumpet; Mackenzie Comeaux, flute; Landon Dupont, trumpet; Trey Hargrave, trombone; Haylee Miller, clarinet; Hillary Oliver, alto saxophone; Nicholas Rougeau, flute; Kayln Trahan, clarinet

IOWA: Stacie Driskell, percussion; Eddie Grimm, percussion; Ian Heisterman, trombone; Ashlyn LeJeune, flute and piccolo; Mia Miller, clarinet; Katelyn Morrell, horn; Ben Reid, trombone

JENNINGS: Jaron Chretien, baritone bass clef; Liesl Dearing, flute; Piper Dearing, trumpet; Hailey Dowling, clarinet; Aidan Duhon, alto saxophone; Dillan Humphries, trumpet; Jamari Lewalier, tuba; Dylan Menard, percussion; Clay Wallace, horn

LAKE ARTHUR: Braden Hebert, alto saxophone; Davyn LeJeune, bassoon; Reese Manuel, percussion; Marcus Monceaux, horn; Jerry Sonnier, trumpet; Nick Trahan, alto saxophone

MERRYVILLE: Chanel Holt, clarinet; Preston Isbell, tenor saxophone; Dylan Rundberg, baritone bass clef

OAKDALE: Alexus Cole, alto saxophone; Dallas Daniels, baritone saxophone; Christy Soileau, flute

PINEVILLE: Oren Lutz, tenor saxophone; Brailee Price, flute; Ashley Rogers, flute; Aimee Sefcik, clarinet; Sean Sikorski, trumpet; Colin Stevens, alto saxophone

SAM HOUSTON: Zach Daigle, tuba; Sarah Ewing, bass clarinet; Darbi George, oboe; Gavan Guillory, percussion; Will Hebert, percussion; Jordan Hoffman, horn; Vanessa Kirl, clarinet; Kylie LaVerne, flute; Michael LeJeune, trumpet; Madison Pousson, flute; Anna Waldrop, baritone treble clef

SOUTH BEAUREGARD: Madeline Romero, clarinet; Lucy Stark, baritone BC

SULPHUR: Gage Brock, percussion; Brock Bult, trumpet; Caden Burgett, alto saxophone; Mayson Burnworth, horn; Hannah Carras, clarinet; Damien Gilard, trombone; Samuel Klenke, tuba; Rebecca Levingston, horn; Nick Louviere, percussion; Katherine Marker, trombone; Claire McMillen, bassoon; Sarah Medrick, clarinet; Ollivia Stark, trumpet; Kaleb Taylor, trumpet

TIOGA: Nick Free, baritone saxophone; Rachel Harris, clarinet; Sawyer Holbron, bass clarinet; Dustin Morace, baritone saxophone; Leah Morace, clarinet; Stephanie Rachal, clarinet; Lacee Sayes, flute; Cameron Talbert, tenor saxophone; Lucas Thornhill, trombone; Emily Tisher, oboe

VINTON: Jayce Droddy, clarinet; Dalton Guillory, clarinet

WESTLAKE: Mason Dronet, horn; Hunter Qualls, tuba; Aleksander Simoni, tenor saxophone

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