Eight students named to state College All-Star Honors Band
February 3, 2014
Eight students represented the UW-Stout band at the 2014
Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association's annual conference held
Jan. 17-19 in Wisconsin Rapids.
UW-Stout students selected to participate in the College
All-Star Honors Band were:
- Cecil Dehart, of Antigo,
- Jacob Gutsch, of Merrill,
- Mathew Konichek, of
Prairie du Chien, tuba
- Erika McCusker, of Cuba
- Daniel Michael, of Scandinavia,
- Raelene Olson, of
- Rachel Pollock, of
- Ashley Svoboda, of Farmington, Minn., clarinet
Students were selected based on past musical participation,
accomplishments and awards along with a recommendation by UW-Stout Band
Director Aaron Durst.
The band consisted of 87 students from 15 Wisconsin colleges
and universities. Students rehearsed for approximately nine hours with guest
directors from around the state to prepare music for the concert.
Guest directors included Mark Eichner, UW-Parkside; Michael
Knight, St. Norbert College; Jason Ladd, Marquette University; Rob McWilliams,
UW-Oshkosh; and Mark Sackman, UW-Fox Valley. Robert Doersam is the All-Star
Honors Band chair and responsible for organizing the group and rehearsals.
The College All-Star Band began in 2002 to encourage college
professors and students to further participate within the National Band
Association-Wisconsin Chapter. The first concert was held in 2003 at the Hotel
Mead Ballroom in Wisconsin Rapids. Beginning in 2011 the band moved to the
Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center.