District auditions for the 283-piece All-State Band, 199-piece All-State Orchestra and 600-voice All-State Chorus were held Saturday, Oct. 25 at Storm Lake, Hampton, Oelwin, Atlantic, Indianola and Fairfield.
Approximately 17 percent of the students who audition are selected for membership in the all-State ensembles. Gaining membership is one of the highest individual honors available to Iowa high school musicians.
Storm Lake students selected for the All-State Festival are:
Chorus - Laura McDowell, soprano, daughter of Russell and Rebecca McDowell; Shelby O'Bannon, alto, daughter of Jeff and Marjean O'Bannon; Peter Douglas, bass, son of Dan and Wende Douglas; Spencer Darrow, bass, son of Scott and Lori Darrow; Jesse Kavan, tenor first alternate, son of Pom Kavan; Cindy Barahona, soprano, first alternate, daughter of Victor and Ester Barahona.
Band - Katy Shevel, flute, daughter of Scott and Joanie Shevel; Kristi Davis, bass clarinet, daughter of Jim and Mary Jo Davis; Tom Cullen, tuba, son of Art and Dolores Cullen; Kieran Cullen, flute, son of Art and Dolores Cullen; Katie Schulz, clarinet, daughter of Steven and Susan Schulz; Don Halverson, baritone, first alternate, son of Marion and Barb Johnson.
All-State participants will rehearse in Ames Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. The Festival concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, on Saturday evening, Nov. 22. this program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association. Ticket information is available from any of the high school music directors.
The value of the All-State Festival is not determined by the concert that is presented. The process and preparation is really what it is all about. The effort that any student puts forth in preparation makes that person a better and more knowledgeable musician. The progress that many students make in their preparation for All-State might not happen as quickly without an All-State goal. The self-discipling, emotional control, time-budgeting and focus that a student learns from the process of preparation has taken each student's given talent and turned it into actual ability. Each student that has prepared for All-State makes their high school ensemble sound better and they become models for the other students to observe.
The All-State Festival is merely a vehicle, a reason to greatly improve, expand and recognize superior quality music and musicianship at the high school level.
The band department would like to thank Dr. David Klee and Barb Wells in their assistance in preparing some of the students for auditions.
Storm Lake students that should be recognized for their efforts even though they were not selected are: Katie Demers, Kelsey Struck, Adan Ullerich, Jeremy Prach, Katie Matasovsky, Steph Emery, Joanne Rentaria, Maddi Cerizo, Anna Wulfekuhler, Cayla Egesdal, Michael Eades, Kayla Vetter, JC Rentaria, Cassy Snedeker, Nate Converse, Nathan Robey, Casey Schultz and Alex Lenhart.
Great appreciation is also felt for all the students and adults that helped run the festival at Storm Lake. A great number of favorable comments were received from participating schools and even the judges were very pleased. It takes everyone to make this happen.