Wentzville Musicians Selected for State Honor
Drew Schulz, a senior at Timberland High School, has been selected as third in the state on French horn in the Missouri All-State Band, and Timberland sophomore Ben Turley was selected as the only bass clarinet in the Missouri All-State Orchestra. On December 1, over 1,350 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor bands in the state. Only 108 students are accepted into the All-State Band and 104 students are accepted into the All-State Orchestra.
“I am extremely excited to be able to rehearse with the best high school musicians in the state,” shared Schulz. “It is such an honor to be accepted to this ensemble.” Schulz plans to major in music education at Truman State University or the University of Illinois following graduation. Musicians selected for the All-State Band who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments are given the choice of playing in the All-State Orchestra, which is what Turley chose to do. “I was overjoyed to be selected, and can’t wait for my trip to Tan-Tar-A,” said Turley.
Holt senior Cameron Turner was selected as second chair alternate in the French horn section of the All-State Band. Four additional WSD musicians were selected for the All-State Honorable Mention Band. From Holt High School, senior Tyrome Jenkins was named first chair honorable mention on bass clarinet and first chair honorable mention on contra alto clarinet, senior Logan Arellanes was named second chair honorable mention on bass clarinet, and senior Hayden Miller is second chair honorable mention on trumpet. Timberland junior Lily Fisher was named 15th chair honorable mention on clarinet in the All-State Band.
The All-State Band and All-State Orchestra will meet, rehearse, and perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference on January 26, 2019, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. The conductor and clinician for the 2018-2019 Missouri All-State Band is Dr. J. Eric Wilson, Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Director of Bands at Baylor University. The conductor and clinician for the 2018-2019 All-State Orchestra is Ms. Sharon Lavery, Resident Conductor of the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.