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On Saturday, April 14, four students from the Mid-Prairie Middle School and two students from the Mid-Prairie Home School participated in the Festival of Bands, hosted by Coe College.
Lilly Miller (tenor sax), Isabelle Duval (tuba), Jacob Flynn (alto sax) and Logan McClellen participated in the crimson band for first-year students.
“I loved going to Coe College,” Duval said. “When we did our first sectional, it was amazing. It sounded really cool just for low brass, which was baritones and tubas.”
Miller said, “Honor band was really fun. I loved playing with new people and seeing instruments that we don’t have in our band. My favorite was the bassoon.”
Flynn added, “I had lots of fun working on all the music and playing at the concert. I learned lots of things about phrasing music and dynamics. Another thing I enjoyed was hearing the percussion and all of the sounds put together.”
McClellen said, “When I got there, it was smaller than I thought. We went through our songs, did warm-ups, all those types of stuff. In a little bit it was our turn to rehearse on stage. We were introduced to Ed Huckeby, the composer of two of our songs.”
Peter LeSage (clarinet) and Luke Krueger (trumpet) participated in the gold band for second-year students.
“This week at Coe was fun,” Krueger said. “The lunch there was great. I also got to meet new people and make new friends. Overall it was a great week.”
LeSage said, “I had a lot of fun at honor band and would like to go again.”
The guest conductor and composer this year was Ed Huckeby and the guest conductor was Doreen Anderson.
The program for the crimson band was: “Heroes and Glory” by James Swearingen; “Key Lime Pie” by Larry Neeck; “Uncle Buck’s Truck” by Ed Huckeby; and “March of the Kangaroos” by Ed Huckeby.
The program for the gold band was “A Celebration Overture” by James Swearingen; “Abide With Me” by Robert W. Smith; “Fernando’s Fandango” by Ed Huckeby; and “Band Rocks!” by Ed Huckeby.