2015-12-16 / News

Local high school band members honored

Play in university honor band
BY STEVEN KOVAC 810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Daniel Jordan Daniel Jordan Band students from four Sanilac County high schools were recognized for musical excellence by the Department of Music of the University of Michigan-Flint.

The students came from the high schools of Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Croswell-Lexington, Marlette and Brown City.

Outstanding band students from each district were nominated by their respective band directors for an opportunity to audition for a seat in the U of M-Flint Honor Band, an orchestra composed of high school musicians from across Michigan.

This year, 105 students were required to travel to the Flint campus three times for rehearsal in preparation for a public concert on Dec. 6. They performed under the direction of Dr. Chris Heidenreich, Associate Professor of Music at the university.

“It was a fantastic experience for our kids, coming as they do from such a small rural community. It was a first for our school!” said C-PS Band Director Jaimee Jordan.


Four CPS band members participated in the Honors Band at U of M-Flint. Left to right – CPS Band Director Jaimee Jordan and members Alexandra Herrington, Carlee Porter, Lindsey Hadd and Jacob DeLeon. Four CPS band members participated in the Honors Band at U of M-Flint. Left to right – CPS Band Director Jaimee Jordan and members Alexandra Herrington, Carlee Porter, Lindsey Hadd and Jacob DeLeon. Students selected from C-PS were Alexandra Herrington, grade 10, clarinet; Carlee Porter, grade 10, trombone; Lindsey Hadd, grade 12, trumpet; and Jacob DeLeon, grade 9, French horn.

Director Jordan had the double pleasure of seeing her son, Daniel, 14, a freshman at Cros-Lex, play tenor saxophone at the concert. Daniel was nominated by Cros-Lex Band Director Kevin Czarnik.

Eight students from the Marlette High School Band were seated in the orchestra. Marlette band Director Katelyn Aikens said, “It was such a great opportunity for the students to play new and challenging music with peers from around the state.”


Marlette band students: Front row, left to right – Marissa Bolger, Alexis Zawodny, Christopher Skelton, Alexis Stockdale; second row, from left – Renee Miller, Ryan Zawodny, Brandon Elliot, Carlen Rye. Marlette band students: Front row, left to right – Marissa Bolger, Alexis Zawodny, Christopher Skelton, Alexis Stockdale; second row, from left – Renee Miller, Ryan Zawodny, Brandon Elliot, Carlen Rye. The Marlette High School students participating were Carlen Rye, grade 11, flute; Ryan Zawodny, grade 12, clarinet; Christopher Skelton, grade 10, clarinet; Marissa Bolger, grade 10, bass clarinet; Renee Miller, grade 11, alto saxophone; Alexis Zawodny, grade 9, tenor saxophone; Brandon Elliot, grade 11, tuba; and Alexis Stockdale, grade 10, percussion.

Brown City High School had two students seated in the orchestra, Madison Woodall, grade 11, trumpet; and Kaitlyn Petty, grade 10, string bass.

Brown City band Director Elizabeth Rayba noted that Petty was the only string bass in the entire orchestra. “My students came home with new musical knowledge and had fun,” Rayba said.



Brown City band students, left to right, Kaitlyn Petty and Madison Woodall. Brown City band students, left to right, Kaitlyn Petty and Madison Woodall.

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