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Feb. 12, 2008

Students will attend honor band weekend at UI Feb. 16-17

Students from (hometown) are among more than 100 student musicians from 30 Iowa high schools selected to play in the 2008 Iowa Honor Band at the University of Iowa School of Music.

The Iowa Honor Band will present a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus. The Sunday concert, under the direction of UI alumnus Andrew Boysen Jr. will conclude the students' participation in the annual Honor Band Weekend at the UI.

(Year in school, name) from (name of school), the son/daughter of (names), will play (instrument) in the 2008 Honor Band.

During the Honor Band Weekend, students attend rehearsals of the Honor Band with the guest conductor and receive instruction on their instruments from UI School of Music wind and percussion faculty. They also attend a concert by the UI Symphony Band, the top wind ensemble at the UI School of Music, under UI Director of Bands Myron Welch. That concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Hancher Auditorium, is also free and open to the public.

Honor Band members are chosen by the staff of the UI Band Department on the basis of recommendations from their high school band directors, who are invited to nominate their best musicians.

For its Feb. 19 concert, the Honor Band will perform three works:

--"Mother Earth" by David Maslanka.

--"Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti.

--Boysen's "Grant Them Eternal Rest."

Boysen is currently an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting, composition and orchestration. He received his undergraduate degree from the UI School of Music in 1991 and went on to earn a master's degree from Northwestern and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. For more information on Boysen see

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community or readership area are members of the 2008 Iowa Honor Band. The participants are listed alphabetically by town and high school. The following information appears after the town and school names: Student's name, year in school, instrument played and parents' name(s). Hometown listings are based on information provided by the students; editors are advised to check the listings for all towns in their area.

APLINGTON: Aplington Parkersburg High School - Dion Grace, senior, clarinet,  Renee Grace

BLUE GRASS: Davenport West High School -- Stacie Kammerer, sophomore, clarinet, Steve & Rebecca

BOONE: Boone High School -- Max Malloy, junior, percussion, Jim & Jody; John Solomon, senior, trombone, Dan & Beth

BURLINGTON: Burlington Community High School -- Aaron Gaddis, senior, trumpet, Ken & Lynda; Brooke Hendricks, senior, saxophone, Michael & Gwendolyn; Alisha Orth, senior, saxophone, Rick & Carrie; Julie Seibert junior, clarinet, Tim & Cindy; Josh Waters, senior, tuba, Dana & Patrick

CEDAR RAPIDS: Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School -- Alex Brownfield, senior, clarinet, Eric & Denise; Ben Castle, freshman, trumpet, Tom & Jenny; Courtney Ketchum, junior, bassoon, Tami & Steve; Anna Mally. senior, flute, Richard & Amy; Kaitlyn Oglesby, junior, flute, Sharon Oglesby

Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Matt Abben, junior, trombone, Jerry & Karen; Will Kaplan, junior, trombone, Cliff & Teresa

Kennedy High School -- Kristina Riemer, senior, clarinet, Paul & Paula

Linn-Mar High School -- Beth Jacobs, junior, clarinet, Jessica & Bruce; Stefanie McGraw, junior, percussion, Laura & Gary

CLINTON: Clinton High School -- Kevin Bong, junior, tuba, Phil Bum & Yong; Claire Cornilsen, senior, horn, Gregg & Mary; Holly Cunningham, senior, trumpet, Philip & Sandi; Matthew Engelson, junior, trombone, Rob & Thea; Olivia Holley, sophomore, clarinet, Melvena & Randolph

CORALVILLE: Iowa City West High School -- Emily Bowman, junior, horn, Rob & Diana; Robbie Medd, senior, trombone, Rob & Ruth; Audrey Scranton, oboe, Alec and Lisa

DAVENPORT: Davenport Central High School -- Matt Flynn, senior, trombone,  Matt & Teri

Davenport West High School -- Zsalanda Dixon, senior, clarinet, Lesa & Yoland; Justin Lawson, senior, trumpet, Fred & Lisa; Jared Moon, senior, percussion,  J.D. & Kris; Steven Neilssen, senior, baritone, Nick & Kathy

DES MOINES: East High School -- Sarah Johnson, senior, flute, Fred & Joyce; Jay Villalobos, junior, saxophone, Cindy & Jason; John Whiteman, senior, baritone, Hardy Whiteman & Cheryl Thomas

DEWITT: Central Clinton Community High School -- Madeline Winkler, senior, clarinet, Jerry & Suzanne

DUBUQUE: Dubuque Senior High School -- Leah Apgar, junior, trumpet,  Kim Apgar; Ryan Decker, senior, percussion, Duane & Sue; Adam Merkes, senior, tuba,  Michael & Tammy

DURANT: Durant High School -- Tiffany Bullard, senior, horn, Richard & Wendy

ELDRIDGE: North Scott High School Justine Jackovich junior, saxophone,  Vince & Denise

ELY: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Christi Allison, senior, clarinet, Tom & Rose; Samantha Zahorik, junior, bassoon, Jenni Wisehart

FAIRFAX: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Jonathan Langenberg, freshman, tuba, David & Sharon

FERTILE: Forest City High School -- Jessica Kleveland, junior, clarinet, Tim & Deb

FOREST CITY: Forest City High School -- Natalia Stimac, junior, flute, Jill & Tom

HANLONTOWN: Forest City High School -- Michael Lunning, junior, clarinet, Alan & Wendy

HEDRICK: Pekin High School -- Erica Johnston, junior, flute, Sylvia Horras

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Eleni Achrazoglou, senior, clarinet, John & Jamie; Lelia Gessner, sophomore, clarinet, Rody Gessner & Michelle Edwards; Shannon Hammer senior, flute, Mark & Lisa; Sam Hartley, freshman, flute, Carolyn & John; Helen Northway, senior, clarinet, Amy Pearson & Ray Northway; Claire Paulson, senior, trombone, Henry Paulson & Sarah Buss; Matthew Riley, junior, trumpet,  Ann Thuma; Iowa City West High School -- Ola Abiose, junior, oboe, Ade & Abby; Curt Braverman, junior, horn, Jeff & Sara; Sonja Thompson, senior, clarinet, Kathy & Tim

JEFFERSON: Jefferson High School -- Elise Knaub, senior, flute, Robert & Denise

JOHNSTON: East High School -- Robert Starace, junior, horn, Bev & Roger

LAUREL: East Marshall High School -- James Gummert, senior, clarinet, Lynne Gummert

LELAND: Forest City High School -- Justin Rollefson, senior, saxophone, Randy & Donna; Jeremy Rollefson senior, clarinet, Randy & Donna

LETTS: Louisa-Muscatine High School -- Matt Shipp, senior, oboe, John & Tammy

MARENGO: Iowa Valley High School -- Tabby Fontinel, senior, saxophone, Tara Howe & Tim Fontinel; Jordan Storck, senior, flute, Julie & Lonnie

MARENGO: Williamsburg High School -- Kylie Day, senior, flute, Jackie & Ron; Shelbie Day, sophomore, bassoon, Ron & Jackie Luety

MARION: Linn-Mar High School -- Alycia Lee, junior, flute, Mechtild & William; Scott Solar junior, clarinet, Janet & Richard; Ben Ungs, senior, trombone, Janet & Kelly

Marion High School -- Sam Magnifico, junior, percussion, Paul & Ellen; Sean Valentine, freshman, clarinet, Nancy

MASON CITY: Mason City High School -- Jessica Palmer, senior, trumpet, Melissa Tekippe & Michael Palmer

MEDIAPOLIS: Mediapolis High School -- Sarah Slack, junior, trumpet, Dennis & Marceline; Christopher McIntyre, sophomore, saxophone, Robert & Kathy; Ashley Oetken, junior, clarinet, Kenny & Georgia; Jacob Schluz, junior, percussion, Gary & Melody

MORNING SUN: Mediapolis High School -- Jordan Harns, sophomore, clarinet,  Danny & Brenda

NORTH ENGLISH: Williamsburg High School -- Morgan Miller, sophomore, clarinet,  Dan & Barb

NORTH LIBERTY: Iowa City West High School -- Edward Wurster, junior, trumpet,  Dale & Pamela

PARNELL: Williamsburg High School -- Kubat Rahatbek, sophomore, flute, Rahat & Kunduz

PEOSTA: Western Dubuque High School -- Emily McGovern, freshman, flute,  Patrick & Lynn

PLEASANT HILL: East High School -- Amanda Bellis, senior, trombone, Buddy & Steffany

SWISHER: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Dan DeClue, senior, clarinet, Rick & Carolyn; Alysa Kiracofe, senior, flute, Craig & Sandy; Stephanie Meyer, senior, clarinet, Dan & Audrey; Bridget Slattery, senior, saxophone, Ed & Sue

TIFFIN: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Rogan Barkhoff, senior, flute, Tammy Minnick

VINTON: Vinton-Shellsburg High School -- Chelsea Brown, sophomore, trombone,  Amy & Steve; Katherine Dick, freshman, trumpet, Caroline & Gregory; Andrea Hallberg, junior, clarinet, Kris & Greg; Jeremy McBride, senior, baritone, Clay & Melissa

WALFORD: Cedar Rapids Prairie High School -- Sarah Buckingham, senior, horn, Charles & Kim; Stephen Rifner, junior, trumpet, Vollie & Debbie

WEST LIBERTY: West Liberty High School -- Meagan Conley, senior, flute, Garth & Sally

WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg High School -- Ben Burnham, senior, trombone, John & Suzanne; Cora Claypool, freshman, horn, Jim & DeAnn; Cameron Dietrich, sophomore, trumpet, Keith & Jeanne; Nathan Johnston, junior, clarinet, Lori & Steven; Chris Neumann, senior, saxophone, Brian & Val; Caryn Sowder, sophomore, baritone, Craig and Candra; Curtis Stochl, junior, tuba, Jon & Kathy

WILTON: Wilton High School -- Dana Telsrow, junior, tuba, Sally Evans

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