Eudora band students among state’s best
Eudora High senior Brandon Moore has worked hard on his musical studies. He and two other seniors will soon find out if they've got what it takes to be part of a statewide band.
Moore was selected for first chair in the Northeast District Honor Band. Also selected for the district band was piccolo player Aimee Barber, first chair clarinet and Nick Bass, alternate second chair trumpet. The all-district selection was made in December at Blue Valley.
Selected as third chair baritone his junior year, Moore said his previous experience helped calm his nerves when trying out for this year's band.
"I was nervous, but I wasn't as nervous as I was last year," Moore said. "I think the experience helped me a lot."
To advance to the All-State Honor Band, the three had to qualify at the district level, then send in a taped audition to be selected at the state level. If selected, the seniors will perform in the Kansas State Band in February at Wichita.
EHS band director Rob Foster said he believed the taped auditions helped tremendously.
"I think you have a lot more control over your audition with a tape," Foster said. "Which is good because a lot of kids can't handle the pressure."
In addition to the seniors, ninth-grade flutist Brianne DeArmond and clarinet player Misty Baker were selected for the All-District Honor Band. The all-district band performed Saturday at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee. Eight-grade flutist Tabitha Welsh and clarinet player Sarah Braught were also selected. Only students in grades 10 through 12 can advance to the state level.
Foster said having younger students gain recognition at the district level helps encourage them to strive for future achievements.
"I think it's neat the younger kids get (a chance) to get together with people in their own age group," Foster said. "I think it rewards them and helps them going in the band program."
The honor also gives Foster a sense of pride as a band director.
"For me to have the student have success and be recognized as an all-district player out of all these other great schools it's cool that our kids have success and I think it reflects the hard work they put into the program."