On February 6 and 7, several members of the Lowry band -including myself- had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Northeastern Nevada Honor Band, in Elko.
Honor Band is basically an assembly of musicians from high schools all over Northeastern Nevada. Along with the students from Lowry, were students from Spring Creek High School, White Pine High School, Battle Mountain High School, Wells High School, Eureka High School and Elko High School, among others.
In order to participate, we all had to audition, which also determined chair placement. From Lowry, Christian Olson was first chair trombone and Kyron Williams was first chair baritone saxophone. The alto saxophones were Stacy Horton (first chair), and Lorsix Silva (fourth chair). Rylee Clement was second chair, bass clarinet. From the clarinet section, was Dacotah Lewis (sixth chair), Shelby Rhodes (twelfth chair), Tessafaye Sadler (fifteenth chair), and Meghan Lane (sixteenth chair). Marissa Watling was the oboe. The Flutes were me (fourth chair), Natalie Peterson (eighth chair), and Ashley Salgado (thirteenth chair).
Every year, a different guest conductor works with the ensemble. This year’s conductor was Dr. Reed Chamberlin; Director of Bands and the Nevada Wind Ensemble at UNR. He taught us about phrasing, dynamics, and what he calls “the five levels of listening”, where you must conceptualize the sound you want to make, listen to yourself, listen to the people on both sides of you, listen to your section leader, and listen to the whole band, adjusting your own sound to match.
Honor Band was an amazing experience that I am lucky to have been a part of. As a freshman, it was very informal, and really opened my eyes in the way of music, and what I can do with it. I hope to be given the chance to participate in honor band again in the future.