6 DHS students to play in KMEA district honor band
Six De Soto High School Wildcat Band members earned spots in the Kansas Music Educators Association Northeast District Honor Band and two students were named alternates.
The students are Melissa Just, first chair flute; Rebekah Gulley, first chair clarinet; Jenna Hodges, second chair clarinet; Marissa Jarboe, ninth chair clarinet; Andy Rhodes, first chair baritone saxophone; and Scott Ireland, first chair mallet percussion.
Alternates are Trey Durkin, second alternate on trumpet, and Joe Kuhn, alternate on timpani.
The honor band will perform Dec. 1 at Blue Valley High School. Students chosen for the band are eligible to audition for spots in the KMEA All-State Band and All-State Orchestra, which will perform in February in Wichita.
The students auditioned for their positions Saturday along with more than 900 other band students in northeast Kansas in the 1A-4A school category. The auditions are open only to students in grades 10-12. Students have to perform several selections from collegiate level solos, a series of scales and sight-read for a panel of judges. Most of these students began working over the summer on their audition material in preparation for the district and state auditions which involve nearly 3,000 band students around the state of Kansas.