Newell-Fonda student attains high honor

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Renee Ried

Renee Ried of Newell-Fonda High School has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2016 All-State Band. Renee Ried is the daughter of Dwight and Deb Ried of Newell and is a flute student of Renee Sundstrom.

The 2016 Festival will celebrate the 70th anniversary of this prestigious event. District auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, 201-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held Saturday, October 22, at Storm Lake. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles. Participants will rehearse in Ames on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, and the Festival Concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, Ames on Saturday evening, November 19. Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast. Please check the IPTB website ( for the exact dates and times. This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.