If you wanted your socks blown off, listening to the Meistersinger Honor Band at Wartburg College on February 2, 2014 would have done the job.
Three juniors and two sophomores from North Tama High School traveled to Waverly, IA to participate in this special event. Juniors Alexis Taylor played the trumpet, Alexa Dostal played the bassoon, Landon Calderwood played the french horn, and sophomores Claire Dahms played the trumpet and Sara Young played the flute.
"I nominated those who were interested and who I felt was capable of filling the responsibilities that come with honor bands," says Channing Halstead, 5-12 band instructor.
The Meistersinger Honor Band is an annual music festival taking skilled musicians in Iowa. Students travel to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa for two days of practicing their music and end with stunning performances from the Senior Band, the Ninth Grade Band, and the Wartburg College Symphonic Band.
With the Ninth Grade Band having only 65 musicians and the Senior Band having only 120 musicians, it is a privilege to be a part of the Meistersinger Honor Band. And with Calderwood being at Meistersinger Honor Band for the second time, it was a special event.
"This year was different because I was able to attend a Junior/Senior dinner invitation,' explains Calderwood. "There, the director of bands, Dr. Craig Hancock, brought us in and told us about why he loves music and talked more about opportunities that we would have as students at Wartburg. It really made me feel at home."
The musicians played four songs: "Toccata", "American Elegy", "Sound Off", and "Anitschka". From these songs, the musicians gained experiences with new techniques and new notes that will benefit them in their futures. This band has done more than just teach them about their instruments.
"Participating in the band has a huge impact on me because it's such an honor to be accepted to this band," says Taylor. "I meet new people every year and they're all so fun to be around. It's also the perfect way for me to get to know some of the band students and professors at Wartburg."
With the many experiences these musicians gained, they will have many opportunities to help them grow in life. Congratulations musicians for the accomplishments you made.