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5 MHS musicians selected for IJEA All-District Jazz Honor Band

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Five Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Jazz Educators Association All-District Jazz Honor Band.

For two of these students, this is the second honor band they’ve been selected to this year. For two others, it’s the second honor band selection this year.

“We’ve more than doubled our representation from last year in the IJEA Honor Band, reflecting our students’ continued hard work. We are so proud of our talented students for this achievement,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff.

The musicians selected:
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Maylen Bowen, senior, bass guitar (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, piano
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians have been notified and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, All-District Jazz Honor Band members from around the central Indiana region will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 11, they will perform together at Pendleton Heights High School. (Time of performance will be released when available.) These five MHS students are the only students selected from Grant County!

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Jazz Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

Earlier this month, the Indiana Bandmasters Association's All-District Honor Band selections were announced. In addition to the two who were also named to the IJEA Honor Band, six students were. (Click here for the full list.) In total, MHS has 13 selections, and 11 different students, in the honor bands announced so far this year.