The South Dakota Music Educators Association hosted the South Dakota Middle School all-state jazz band on Feb. 7-8 at the Mitchell School District Performing Arts Center.
Three area students were selected to the all-state jazz band. Mitchell Middle School’s Mason Buenzow was selected as a tenor saxophone for the Honor band, while Max Hart performed on the drum set in the Festival band. Mitchell Christian’s Rebekah Strong was selected to play trumpet in the Honor band.
A total of 35 students in grades 6-8 were selected to participate in the two bands. Mitchell will also host the SDMEA’s middle school all-state band on March 6-7, with the concert scheduled for 3 p.m. The all-state jazz band participants are listed below:
Honor band (Yi Chen Ensemble)
Alto saxophone: Parker Thorsland, Brandon Valley; Aidan Hofer, Tea.
Tenor saxophone: William Laible, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Mason Buenzow, Mitchell.
Baritone saxophone: Emily Outland, Brandon Valley.
Trumpet: Annika Bruner, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Rebekah Strong, Mitchell Christian; Brielle Clapp, Sioux Falls Christian; Tyler Brost, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Axton Johnson, Aberdeen Holgate.
Trombone: Zach Kemnitz, Sioux Falls Edison; Max Altena, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Myles Adamiak, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Camden Coughlin, Brandon Valley
Piano: Joy Trautman, Huron.
Guitar: Jackson Rott, Aberdeen Holgate.
Bass: Liam Wiltse, Brookings Mickelson.
Drum set: Grant Masek, Sioux Falls Whittier.
Festival band (Dan Carlson Ensemble)
Alto saxophone: Samantha Fonder, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Kelsey Schuchhardt, Huron.
Tenor saxophone: Meena Broveleit, Sioux Falls Edison; Owen Norby, Dakota Valley.
Baritone saxophone: Sean Jepsen, Harrisburg South.
Trumpet: Alexis Klimek, Yankton; Essence Antelope, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Tommy Haas, Lennox; Joshua Thorson, Northwestern Area; Kassidy Wranek, Tea.
Trombone: Isaiah Sharp, Aberdeen Simmons; Katrina Holzkamm, Aberdeen Simmons; Jordan Spilde, Arlington.
Piano: Sam Weidner, Sioux Falls Whittier.
Guitar: Peter Klatt, Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
Bass: Henry Aberle, Aberdeen Holgate.
Drum set: Max Hart, Mitchell.