18 Waynesville Middle students earn spot in honor band
On Jan. 21, band students from all over Western North Carolina auditioned for a spot in the annual District Honors Band. The band is comprised of the top musicians from each school from as far east as McDowell County to as far west as the North Carolina and Tennessee state line.
Among those auditioning were students from Waynesville Middle School, who had spent countless hours in the band room during and after school as well as time at home learning solos, perfecting their scales and preparing for their auditions.
Their hard work paid off; 18 students from Waynesville Middle earned a seat in the band — Savannah Wilson, McKenzie Yazan, Hannah Yarrington, Harper Schwab, Jayde Markley, Maria Luna, Trinity Ramirez, Hannah Wells, Paige Crawford, Kacy Vandenbergh, Elira Bego-Cardoso, Charlotte Allsbrook, Chase Allen, Will Clark, Josh Deane, Jonah Ottie, Will Caldwell and Will Holshue.
Eighth-graders Kacy Vandenbergh and Elira Bego-Cardoso qualified to audition for the All State Honors Band in early March.
The weekend prior to the all-district auditions, Waynesville Middle students participated in auditions for the Western Region Jazz Band. Eighth-grader Josh Deane earned a spot with one of the bands and will be playing trombone with the band the weekend of Feb. 3-4 at Asheville High School.
Directors Adam Stewart and Jaime Graeber are proud of the work these students have put forth to prepare for the auditions and for the way they represented the band program and Waynesville Middle School.
Students will participate in the All District Band clinic held at Western Carolina University on Feb. 10-11.