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Every year, the Cherokee band students have a chance to audition for the SPS All-City Honor Band. This year, for the first time, SPS put 7th and 8th grade students together. In past years, they had two separate bands with three songs each. This year they had one large band with five songs. These students had to submit a video recording of their audition, then after finding out if they had made it, they had to practice until the two final days. One Friday, they got to miss school and go to Central High School for a day of practice. The next day, they got to Central at 8:00 am and worked all day until their performance that afternoon.

Being chosen for the SPS All-City Honor Band is a great honor. Only the best of the best get chosen, and they only get a full band practice for two days before performing. I talked to Honor band members, and they told me, “Growing as a musician is what we strive for. Having to learn something in such a short period of time is a great way to do that.” I encourage you to try out for All-City next year because it is an experience that you make memories from your middle school years that you will never forget.  

Congratulations to the following students on being named to the All-City Honor Band:

Wesley​ ​Black​

Ethan​ ​Curtis​

Nathan​ ​Drybread​

Arden​ ​Fraley​

Gavin​ ​Gorrell​

Tyler​ ​Harris​

Carly​ ​Hilton​

Garrett​ ​Karr

Maggie​ ​Kester​

Elizabeth​ ​Kilgo​

Gabrien​ ​Langston​

Clarinet Hannah​ ​Lee​

Emma​ ​Mayne​

Kassidy​​ ​Prestien​

Jack​ ​Raynor​

Josh​ ​Raynor​

Polaris​ ​Rissler​

Will​ ​Sharpsteen​

Dawson​ ​Sozio​

​ ​Charles​ ​Sponenberg​

Kate​ ​Steingraber​

Daniel​ ​Toll​

Josh​ ​Warden​

Yasuko​ ​Yabuki​

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Liz Kilgo, Staff Writer

Liz Kilgo is an 8th grader this year and it is her second year on the Smoke Signal staff. One of Liz's favorite activities is cheering. She is on the CMS...


9 Responses to “SPS All-City Honor Band”

  1. Matthew on December 14th, 2017 8:10 am

    sounds awesome what songs were their?

  2. Emma Mayne on December 17th, 2017 2:10 pm

    I was in Honor Band and the songs were Rippling Watercolors by Brian Balmages, Miss Liberty by Karl L. King, Flurry For Winds and Percussion by John Kinyon, Unraveling by Andrew Boysen Jr., and Grand Canyon Jubilee by Erik Morales.

  3. Joel Sharpsteen on February 2nd, 2018 1:22 pm

    I was at the concert and my favorite song was definitely Unraveling.

  4. Mason Rose on December 14th, 2017 1:21 pm

    SPS All-City Honor Band seems super fun. I, myself, play the French Horn. It it is very fun and exciting to play. I’d love to be in something like this when I’m older.

  5. Kinleigh Rose on February 20th, 2018 12:33 pm

    me too brother, me too.

  6. Daeton Sozio on December 14th, 2017 2:12 pm

    I watched the concert. My brother was in it.

  7. Kyle Buckmaster on December 14th, 2017 2:14 pm

    I can’t wate for next year when I can try out. I play the horn.

  8. Tyler Harris on February 1st, 2018 10:37 pm

    I got in playing the horn, and it was a lot of fun.

  9. Jack Raynor on February 25th, 2018 9:22 pm

    I missed a couple notes but I’ll do better next time (hopefully).

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