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Three DWU instrumentalists chosen for South Dakota Intercollegiate Band

Three Dakota Wesleyan University students have been chosen to participate in the 2017 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band. Mellissa Spitzer, senior from Mitchell; Rheanna Pheifer, junior from Platte; and Bryce Blank, sophomore from Rapid City, were...

Mellissa Spitzer, a senior from Mitchell; Rheanna Pheifer, a junior from Platte; and Bryce Blank, a sophomore from Rapid City, were selected to perform in the 2017 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band later this month. (Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University)
Mellissa Spitzer, a senior from Mitchell; Rheanna Pheifer, a junior from Platte; and Bryce Blank, a sophomore from Rapid City, were selected to perform in the 2017 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band later this month. (Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University)

Three Dakota Wesleyan University students have been chosen to participate in the 2017 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band.

Mellissa Spitzer, senior from Mitchell; Rheanna Pheifer, junior from Platte; and Bryce Blank, sophomore from Rapid City, were selected for the honor of joining the band, which will perform with top college musicians from across South Dakota at 11 a.m., Friday, March 24, at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. Tickets are available at the door. Spitzer and Pheifer play the flute and Blank plays the alto saxophone.

"I am thrilled to have Mellissa, Rheanna and Bryce selected for the intercollegiate band," said Bethany Amundson, instrumental instructor and director of bands at DWU. "All three of them are very talented musicians who work incredibly hard, and I feel they are quite deserving of this honor."

This is Pheifer's second year performing in the band, which Amundson is particularly proud of because flute is a highly competitive area. This is also the second year Amundson has seen three students chosen for the band.

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