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WDC students participate in Honor Band event

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Seventh-grade tenor saxophone, Cody Wegscheid, was a member of the 65-piece grades 6-8 Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) Blue Band. Their guest conductor was Joel Wood. Wood is a recent retired band director from Discovery Schools in Alexandria.1 / 3
Members of the 81-piece grades 9-10 MBDA Honor Band were, from left, Marie Hunt, clarinet; Matthew Quincer, tuba; Samantha Kirkland, French horn; Abby Wegscheid, oboe; and Jacob Goeden, alto saxophone. The guest conductor of the 9-10 honor band was Lee Kjesbo, pictured second from right. Kjesbo is a retired band director from Buffalo, Minn.2 / 3
Members of the 65-piece grades 6-8 MBDA Yellow Band were, from left, Tyler Wheeler, percussion; Wyatt Fitzsimmons, baritone; and Jessica Langer, flute. The guest conductor for this Yellow Band was Dr. Nathaniel Dickey, at left, from Concordia College.3 / 3

The Minnesota Band Directors Association Northwest Region Honor Band was held recently at Fergus Falls High School. There were approximately 244 band students from grades 6-10 from the Northwest Region participating in this event. Each school had an opportunity to nominate up to eight members for each band.

WDC Band Director Lisa Weniger said there were so many students nominated for the 6-8 band, that the MBDA Northwest board created a second band for the day. "The board felt it was better to give 70 students the opportunity to be part of a great event versus turning 70 students away," said Weniger.

The day was filled with rehearsals with their guest conductors and sectionals with the Northwest-participating band directors followed by a grand finale concert. Each band was able to perform five selections to a packed audience.

Weniger, who serves as region treasurer on the MBDA Northwest board, said, "This is an excellent opportunity for students to get the chance to play and meet with other students from the area. It is always a pleasure to give students another opportunity to be part of a musical experience."

Weniger and Ken Nelson are the band directors for WDC Public Schools.