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Taking a musical trip, all the way to California

Student selected to perform in Rose Bowl Parade

For the first time in Kent City School history, one of its students – Katie Schneider-Thomas–  has been invited to join the Bands of America Honor Band, which has performed in multiple Rose Bowl Parades in California.

The 300-piece BOA is scheduled to perform in the 132nd Rose Parade, scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, which for the first time in its history is expected to include members representing all 50 states. Students from all high schools in America are allowed to audition for the honor.

“Katie is our first student to participate in this group,” said band director Jonathan Schnicke. “It is a testament to her hard work and dedication and I am so proud of her.”

“I am so honored to have been selected for this band, and I am super excited for the trip to Pasadena and the opportunity to be a part of an ensemble composed of the most talented kids across the country,” said Katie. “I am so excited to represent Kent City and Michigan in this band.” 

Katie, a senior, is Kent City’s first-chair clarinet player, has been a drum major for the band, has one of the top-rated Duo Interpretation skits for the school forensics team, played Maria in the school’s production of “The Sound of Music,” choreographed the production of the “Wizard of Oz,” and is active in her church and community theater, said Schnickie.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

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