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Penn places highest number of students on All-State Band

Principal Steve Hope, Fine Arts Academy leader Glenn Northern, and Penn students who were selected to the All-State Band.

Penn High School Fine Arts Academy leader Glenn Northern announced that 21 students from Penn High School were recently selected to participate in the 2017 Indiana All State Band. The 21 selections more than doubles Penn’s previous best of 10 students earning the coveted distinction, and the 21 selections for the 2017 All-State Band is the most for one school.


Penn students named to the All-State Band were:


Michelle Tapp, Senior, Flute & Piano

Emma Leidy, Sophomore, Oboe & English Horn

Shurun Kim, Junior Clarinet

Chris Mazurek, Junior, Clarinet

Emily Schlundt, Sophomore, Clarinet

Ryan Klinedinst, Senior, Clarinet

Taya Tu, Senior, Contra-Alto Clarinet

Gannon Bennett, Junior, Trumpet

Nick Casetti, Junior, Trumpet

Hillary Carnall, Senior, French Horn

Peter Lehmann, Senior, Trombone

Ashton Hershberger, Junior, Trombone

Carly Carnall, Freshman, Trombone

Jacob Forte, Senior, Euphonium

Angel Muro, Senior, Tuba

Madison Simpkins, Senior, Tuba

David Richards, Junior, String Bass

Peter Campeau, Freshman, String Bass

Kendra Fuelling, Junior, Percussion

Michelle Miramontes, Senior, Percussion

Anna Vukmirovich, Senior, Percussion


These twenty-one students were selected from among 500 candidates through a highly competitive audition process held in early January.


Students in the All-State Bands are assigned to one of two bands: the All-State Band and the All-State Honor Band. One hundred seventy outstanding high school band members have been selected for participation in the 2017 Festival. Captain Michelle Rakers, from the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. will conduct the Honor Band. Mr. Alfred Watkins from Lassiter High School in Georgia will conduct the All State Band.


All members will participate in a series of activities including seating auditions, sectionals, and full rehearsals from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12. A grand finale concert will be presented to the public on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Elliot Hall of Music on the Purdue University campus.