Lawrenz, Markley, Langham make it to State Honor Band

Senior Megann Lawrenz practicing trombone

Senior Megann Lawrenz practicing trombone

BHS is involved with many musical events in both band and choir, such as basketball games to to various honor bands. Just recently many students from the high school band had auditioned for the statewide honor band, and multiple students made into the band.

“We did really well this year, we took eight out to audition, and two got in and one got placed as alternate, and we also have a three year member with another having the potential of being one.” BHS band director Will Cooper said.

Every year around two to three students from our school make it in, and this year McKinley Markley, on Contra-Bass Clarinet, and Megann Lawrenz, on Trombone, and Austin Langham was selected as an alternate on Trombone.

“Starting ahead of time is the best way,” senior Austin Langham said, “You work on it a little bit every day and then by the end you just run through it until it’s time for auditions.”

Preparation is key when it comes to making it in as students practice months ahead of time in hopes of having the audition to make it in.

“I enjoy the tryout process and being in the band, because it pushes you to try harder than just playing in our normal band. It helps develop you as a stronger musician.” said Langham.

By participating in state, it pushes our students to become more well rounded musicians, in turn improving our high school band.

Overall, state auditions went well this year, and as our students enjoy playing and improving our own skills, they have a great time showcasing their talent and participating in the KMEA Statewide Honor band.