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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Monday, April 11, 2011

WPS students performed in MBDA Honor Bands

Three students from West Middle School selected for the honor band; from left to right, Rachel Gessner, Annika Isbell and Katie Weiland. Photo courtesy Wayzata Schools.

Nine students from Wayzata Public Schools were chosen to perform in the Minnesota Band Directors Association Honor Bands on April 10 at Farmington High School.

The nine students are:
Emily Abe – Wayzata High School, oboe in 9-10 honor band
Jennifer Cao – Wayzata High School, bari saxophone in 9-10 honor band
Sean Francis – Wayzata High School, tenor saxophone in 9-10 honor band
Rachel Gessner – West Middle School, oboe in 6-8 honor band
Annika Isbell – West Middle School, flute in 6-8 honor band
Trevor Kam – Wayzata High School, percussion in 9-10 honor band
Erin Louwagie – Wayzata High School, French horn in 9-10 honor band
Ben Mathers – Wayzata High School, baritone in 9-10 honor band
Katie Weiland – West Middle School, trombone in 6-8 honor band

Students auditioned by recording a CD (consisting of major scales, chromatic scales, and two etudes) which was judged by a committee in December.  More than 300 students in the state auditioned for the 6-8 Honor Band and only 79 students were chosen. 

Dr. Alicia Neal was the guest conductor for the 6-8 Honor Band and Jerry Luckhardt conducted the 9-10 Honor Band. Both conductors serve as band conductors and teachers of conducting at the University of Minnesota.

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