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

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.

Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press 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. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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