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WDC sixth-grade band students who participated in the band festival, along with their band teacher, Ken Nelson (pictured) were, from left: Maggie Carlson, Sean Carlson and Michael Schmidt.

WDC band students participate in Region Honor Band Festival

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Six Wadena-Deer Creek first- and second-year band students participated in the Northwest Minnesota Band Directors Association "Beginning Band Festival Honor Band" program, April 12 at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead.

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Fifth-grade students Tony Kreklau, alto saxophone; Tess Jones, trumpet; and Nevada Schulz, clarinet; and sixth-grade students Maggie Carlson, percussion; Sean Carlson, trombone; and Michael Schmidt, baritone, were nominated and chosen to participate in the festival.

According to WDC fifth- and sixth-grade band director, Ken Nelson, about two to three weeks prior to the festival, students received five pieces of music to practice. The day of the festival included morning rehearsals and sectionals, as well as a concert at noon, where parents, relatives and friends could attend.

Guest conductor of the first-year band was Dwight Nelson (retired from Little Falls) and conductor of the second-year band was Verlene Stotts (Discovery Middle School in Fargo).

Nelson said students who participate in the band festival find it to be a rewarding, lifelong musical experience.

"These students got the opportunity to perform with band students from 27 schools from northwestern Minnesota. It certainly helps them grow musically," Nelson said.

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