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.