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Five UD Students Chosen for Iowa College All-State Honor Band

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Posted Nov 15, 2013

Five University of Dubuque band students were recently selected for membership in the 2013 Iowa College All-State Honor Band.

The 100-piece Honor Band ensemble, made up of students from seventeen different colleges and universities, will rehearse and perform at the Iowa Music Educators Association (IMEA) conference in Ames, IA, November 22-23, 2013.  Students will work with renowned conductor, Dr. Robert Ponto (Conductor Emeritus, University of Oregon), and will present a concert in the Ames City Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.

University of Dubuque wind ensemble students selected to participate include: Lauren Mahun, flute, of Edgerton, WI (sophomore, flight operations/aviation management); Molly Zogas, clarinet, of Wheaton, IL (first-year, criminal justice/psychology); Brenna Heying, alto saxophone, of Elkader, IA (first-year, pre-nursing); Shaquille McAlman, trombone, of Lithonia, GA (first-year, flight operations); and Dylan Columbia, euphonium, of Kahoka, MO (first-year, flight operations).

“The selection of five UD band members for this ensemble is not only a first for the University, but also a remarkable achievement, especially considering University of Dubuque’s size in comparison to schools like the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Luther College,” said Nicholas Bratcher, director of instrumental music at UD. “It speaks highly of the effort being made to build a strong foundation for our music program by our students and administration.  We also appreciate the efforts being made by the Honor Band Selection Committee.”

This year marks the 20th annual Iowa College All-State Honor Band.