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    Last September over 1600 High School band students sent audition tapes to the Western International Band Clinic Honor Band. They were from all over the Northwestern U.S.  and Western Canada. 600 were chosen and ten of those students are from Sandpoint High School.

    The ten are Willie Witte and Adam Kohut on percussion, Ian MacLeod and Emily Reina on alto sax, Traci Kutzleb, Carley Wooden and Jennifer Lund on flute, Jason Ballester on tenor sax, Cortney Wooden on bass clarinet and Taryn Quayle on oboe.

    Each student raised money for his or her personal expenses with the School District  paying for transportation.

    The Band Boosters donated $50 per musician and helped scholarship some who would not be able to go without their help.

    Anita Price, Sandpoint High Band Director, said, “This is one of the biggest honors for our students. They will get to work with several different conductors and composers.”

    The Clinics will be held at the Double Tree Inn-Seattle Airport on November 22-25.

    Performances by University of Victoria (Canada) winds, and University of Oregon Jazz Ensemble will be part of the weekend of clinics and workshops.

    The students are still raising funds and will be working at Papa Murphy’s on Wed,. Nov. 13 to help raise the money for their trip. They are asking for public support by stopping in and getting pizza. Some of the young musicians may be providing music for the patrons of Papa Murphy’s that evening.

    The River Journal wants to congratulate all these honors musicians.


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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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