Eight students from Dodge City Community College will travel to Wichita in February to participate in the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band.
Eight students from Dodge City Community College will travel to Wichita in February to participate in the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band. The eight students were nominated for the band by their director, David McKinney, associate professor of bands and orchestra at DC3. "These students will get the chance to work with Gary Green from the University of Miami as their guest conductor and clinician — it will be a great learning opportunity for them," McKinney said. DC3 is covering the costs of transportation, lodging and meals to enable the students to take advantage of the opportunity. "We're looking forward to meeting musicians from other schools and seeing how well they play," said Adrianne Brown, a trumpet player in the DC3 band program. The students will rehearse all day for two days then participate in a concert as part of the Kansas Music Educators Association annual conference. They'll get a packet of music to prepare before they go. Then they'll audition for placement when they arrive in Wichita. In addition, one of the selections they'll learn for the conference will be on the program for the department's spring concert in Windthorst in April. The Honor Band musicians have been invited to join the Dodge City Symphony for that performance. The students will rehearse at Friends University in Wichita and the concert will be performed at Century II. The Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band alternates years with the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Orchestra, so this will be the only opportunity the DC3 band students have to participate. The following DC3 students will participate in the honor band: Toni Manke, flute; Bryan Sanchez, also sax; Brittiny Moore, tenor sax; Adrianne Brown, trumpet; John Dinh, euphonium; Zabodrick Davis, euphonium; Preston Ungles, tuba; Nathan Schraeder, tuba.