Shell Knob students win seats in District Honor Band

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
In January, 10 seventh- and eighth-grade Shell Knob Elemetary School students traveled to Joplin to audition with nearly 400 students from across the Southwest district for a chance to win a seat in the District Junior High Honor Band. Two of the students took the honor. In photo, from left, are: Ethan Dias and Rachel Steinmann, who each earned a seat in the bands, with Dias earning a seat in the Seventh-grade Honor Band, and Steinmann, in the Eighth-Grade Honor Band. Contributed photo

On Friday, Jan. 5, students from Shell Knob Elementary School traveled to Joplin High School to audition with about 400 seventh- and eighth-grade students from around the Southwest district for the District Junior High Honor Band. Nearly 30 area schools were represented at the tryouts. The 10 students who attended the blind auditions prepared two pieces and four to six scales, and were scored on each item to earn a seat in the Seventh- Grade Honor Band and Eighth-Grade Honor Band. Two of the students earned seats in the bands. Ethan Dias was selected as Second Chair Baritone for the seventh-grade band; and Rachel Steinmann was selected as 15th Chair Clarinet for the eighth-grade band. Each band consisted of approximately 70 students.

Once selected, Dias and Steinmann received a folder with the music for each band to prepare for rehearsal, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 13, when the students traveled with their director to Webb City High School where they rehearsed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. After rehearsals, the students dressed for their concert, which began at 5 p.m.

The concert program commenced with a performance by the All District High School Jazz Band under the direction of Rob Babel. Following the Jazz Band, the District Seventh-Grade Honor Band under the direction of Patrick Stewart performed four pieces. Closing out the concert was the District Eighth-grade Honor Band under the direction of Linda Huck.

From the audition process to the concert, the event was a great educational experience for the students; school staff congratulated all students who auditioned, and Dias and Steinmann for earning a seat in the Honor Bands.