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Young Musicians Perform in All-State Bands

Five Rockford music students were among 400 statewide to perform in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s All-State Bands. They were selected from more than 2,000 students who auditioned for one of five instrumental ensembles, and who played during the Michigan Music Conference held at DeVos Place, Jan. 22-24.

John Jones (left) and Mason Van Dorp
John Jones (left) and Mason Van Dorp

Rockford students who took part included: clarinetist Leah Cedarquist and French horn player Josh Fagerlin, in the MSBOA High School Band; and trombonist John Jones, bassoonist Evan Powers and tuba player Mason Van Dorp in the Middle School Band. Earning honorable mention were oboist Ilene Gould and French horn players Thomas Staublin and Eden Stargardt (high school), and trombonist Cameron Shope, clarinetist Allison Werkema and French horn player Haley Yeager (middle school).

For their auditions, each student performed an assigned composition, a series of scales and sight-read a piece of music.

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Charles Honey
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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

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