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WDC students participate in Honor Band

Several Wadena-Deer Creek band members were selected to participate in the Minnesota Band Directors Association’s Northwest Region Honor Band Day in Fergus Falls. 

Those grade 7-9 students included: Sean Carlson, trombone; Kamea Schreves, oboe; Mackenzie Carsten, flute; Maggie Carlson, percussion; Sophia Kreklau, trombone; Lucas Hinojos, trumpet; and Ryan Grendahl, trombone. These students were nominated by their band director, Lisa Weniger.  

The musicians rehearsed all day with special guest conductors, ending their day with a Grand Finale Concert for the public.  Each band was comprised of about 105 musicians from the Northwest region.   

“This event really showcases top musicians from schools within the region,” explained Weniger. “Students get an opportunity to play with a much larger group, with instrumentation that they might not have in their home band, and to play more challenging music. Students come back to their home band refreshed and more advanced.”

Grades 6-8 Yellow Band featured WDC students, from left: Sean Carlson, Kamea Schreves, Mackenzie Carsten and Dr. Amy Roisum-Foley, Director of Bands from Mankato State University. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)

Grades 6-8 Yellow Band featured WDC students, from left: Sean Carlson, Kamea Schreves, Mackenzie Carsten and Dr. Amy Roisum-Foley, Director of Bands from Mankato State University. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)

Grades 6-8 Blue Band featured WDC students, second from left: Maggie Carlson, Sophia Kreklau and Lucas Hinojos, and far left, Geneva Fitzsimonds, Band Director from Southview Middle School, Edina. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)

Grades 6-8 Blue Band featured WDC students, second from left: Maggie Carlson, Sophia Kreklau and Lucas Hinojos, and far left, Geneva Fitzsimonds, Band Director from Southview Middle School, Edina. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)

Grades 9-10 Green Band included WDC freshman Ryan Grendahl, right, with Dr. Leigh Wakefield, Band Director and Clarinet Instructor from Concordia College-Moorhead. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)

Grades 9-10 Green Band included WDC freshman Ryan Grendahl, right, with Dr. Leigh Wakefield, Band Director and Clarinet Instructor from Concordia College-Moorhead. (Photo courtesy of MBDA)