Nineteen band students from Boonville High School attended the All-District Band Concert at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Friday, January 3. The students, along with hundreds of others from the district, auditioned for a spot in the bands back in November.
"This is a great opportunity for our students to perform with other students who are also highly skilled on their instruments. To have 19 students earn a place in the bands speaks to the quality of students we have in the Boonville band program," said assistant band director Kyle Donnelly. "I am blessed to work with such talented students."
A panel of judges listened to each student play a selection of prepared music and those who performed best were placed in either the Honorable Mention Band or Honor Band.
Senior bass clarinet player Jessi Matney was very pleased to make the Honor Band all four years in high school.
"I've practiced my music as much as I could and it is nice to see hard work pay off. I was so happy to get first chair my senior year. I have loved going to Districts and I have made tons of friends throughout the years," said Matney.
Senior Adam Christal also practiced his music for weeks and placed first chair in the honor band on clarinet.
"Throughout the years, I gradually got better, but I never would have expected to get first chair. So when I actually got that spot, I couldn't believe it. It felt like such an honor, and it just goes to show that hard work does pay off in the end," said Christal.
Students gathered for their last dress rehearsal before they were seated and ready to perform. The concert was held Saturday afternoon in Hendricks Hall.
Senior bassoonist Devin Ellebracht enjoyed the concert and said the music was "simply enjoyable."
"I thought both bands played very well. I loved the music selection and was excited I made it into the Honor band. It was a lot of practice but the concert was well worth it," said Ellebracht.
When the students return to school, they will be preparing for their annual World Famous Pie Auction. The concert will be held at the LSE Auditorium on January 17 at 7 p.m. The pie auction is the band's annual fundraiser where community members come to enjoy music, listen to jokes and bid on pies made by the students and parents. The proceeds provide new equipment, uniforms, and travel expenses for the students.