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WDC student chosen for MBDA Honor Band

Wadena-Deer Creek eighth-grader Sophia Kreklau has been selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) 6-8 Grade Honor Band. 

Kreklau, who plays the trombone, was one of 78 students selected from 227 who auditioned this winter for a position in this group. 

WDC High School Band Director Lisa Weniger said Kreklau is a very hard-working and talented musician.  Being part of an honor band isn’t anything new for her as she has been part of the MBDA Northwest Region Honor Band for the past four years.  

However, Weniger explains that the process for the region Honor Band and state level Honor Band are completely different.  

“Sophia practiced countless hours on her audition music. The audition for the state level of MBDA is a ‘blind’ audition. This means that the judge listening to her audio audition doesn’t know who is auditioning or where they are from.  Being selected as member of this level is extremely difficult because Sophia competed with other students from metro and out-state Minnesota schools to get one of the seven trombone spots for this level band.  I am very proud of Sophia and can’t wait to hear the band during rehearsal and concert.” 

Kreklau and the students participating will have the opportunity to work with some of the finest music educators in the state as their section coaches. The students will rehearse with conductor DeAnn Klun on April 25 at Alexandria Area High School, and will then perform a concert at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 26 in the auditorium at Alexandria Area High School. 

The Honor Band program is an ongoing project of MBDA, a professional organization of band directors representing band programs of all grade levels from throughout the state of Minnesota. The mission of MBDA is to assist in the development of band directors and band programs in schools, colleges and communities throughout Minnesota.