|14 schools in Holyoke Honor Band|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Fourteen schools participated in the Monday, Jan. 18 Honor Band in Holyoke, finalized with an evening concert.
Among the participants were 11 HHS band members and seven HJHS band members.
HHS students who earned first chair ranking in the Honor Band selection were Taylor Haidle, trumpet; Ella Stewart, tenor sax; and Molly Brandt, bass clarinet.
Other HHS members in the Honor Band were Amy Krogmeier, flute; Camille Elliott, clarinet; Lindsay Helgoth and Nicole Brandt, alto sax; Logan Bly, trumpet; and Alyssa Cordova, Ben Martinez and Becca Brandt, percussion.
In the junior high Honor Band, Shaylee Krueger earned first-chair honors in the flute section.
Other HJHS participants selected for Honor Band were Jacinda Krueger, Taylor Goldenstein and Rosa Ochoa, flute; Eva Penzing, clarinet; and Luke Stewart and Nicholas Ortner, percussion.
After rehearsing all day Monday, the JH and HS Honor Bands performed a concert in the HHS auditorium Monday evening.
For the HS portion of the program, students performed On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss, By the Rivers of Babylon, The Iron Horse Across America, American Folk Fantasia and Children of the Shrine.
JH concert pieces were Drive, Two Welsh Folk Songs, Jazz Chacone, Clark County Celebration and Let Freedom Ring.
Participating schools were Akron, Brush Middle School, Fort Morgan Middle School, Fort Morgan High School, Haxtun, Holyoke, Julesburg, Pawnee, Perkins County, Revere High School, Sterling, Yuma, Wiggins and Wray.
Serving as clinician for the high school Honor Band was Brett Bradley, who is in his 24th year of teaching, with the last 14 years at North Platte High School.
He graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree and a Master’s of Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2001.
Two years ago, the North Platte Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble all competed in the Cotton Bowl Music Festival and won their division in all three categories.
Bradley is also active in music at Bethel Evangelical Free Church and the citywide Men in the Gap Christian Ministry. He and his wife Janet have three children.
Bryan Bohn, currently teaching band, orchestra and vocal music at Madison Middle School in North Platte, Neb., served as clinician for the JH Honor Band. He previously taught at Gothenberg Public Schools and Holdrege High School.
He is active as a musician in Big Band Reprise, North Platte Municipal Band and the Sandhills symphony. He was selected for the inaugural Nebraska Music Educators Association Young Leaders Retreat and is a membr of the NMEA Young Leader’s Council.
He earned a B.A. degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He serves as an active adjudicator and clinician in Colorado and Nebraska.