Newell-Fonda student attains high honor
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 (www.iptv.org) 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.