Rowan students picked for honor bands
Nine students from Rowan County earned positions in one of the three All-District Honor Bands.
Nearly 2,000 students gathered at South Point High School in Belmont on Jan. 8 to audition for the South Central All-District Band clinic.
The clinic will be held Friday and Saturday at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
Matthew Langford, a student at West Rowan Middle, will be playing tuba in the Middle School Honor Band under the direction of guest clinician Felicia MacNaught, director of bands at Mac Williams Middle School in Fayetteville.
In the 9/10 High School Band, Caroline Wood, a flute player at West Rowan, and Aaron Cheshire, who plays clarinet for North Rowan, will be performing under the direction of Dr. Andrea Brown, assistant director of bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jordan Owen, a clarinet player at East Rowan, earned an alternate position in the 9/10 Honor Band.
The 11/12 Senior High School All-District Honor Band will be under the direction of Dr. William Malambri, director of bands at Winthrop University.
Chris Brock, a trumpet player at West Rowan, H.A. Hoffman, who plays horn at West Rowan, and Paul Dandison, a tuba player at Salisbury High were all selected to perform under Malambri’s.
Hannah White, who plays bassoon at Salisbury High and Evan O’Neal, a trombone player from North Rowan, earned alternate positions in the 11/12 Honor Band.
In addition to these honors, H.A. Hoffman qualified to audition for the All-State Honor Band in March.
These students will travel together with their directors to Hickory on Friday to rehearse.
The concerts begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at Lenoir Rhyne University and are open to the public.