Nine students from the Harold C. Schott Middle School at The Summit Country Day School participated in the Southwest Ohio Catholic Honor Band Friday through Sunday, March 3-5.
They joined a select group of players from other Catholic schools in Cincinnati and Dayton to form the honor band. They rehearsed together and performed in concert at Seton High School.
“This gave them the chance to play more advanced music than they might play in their regular school band and to meet and make music with talented and motivated students from other schools,” said Summit band teacher Robert Browning.
In addition, eighth grader Tommy DiPaola was honored as the concert master – an honorary title that recognizes the achievement of the first chair clarinet with the duty of sounding the tuning pitch for the rest of the band.
Summit band members included eighth graders Tommy DiPaola, clarinet; Grant Gerhardt, trumpet; Ava Norton, flute; and AJ Ferguson, trumpet; seventh graders Irene Calderon, flute; Jimmy Fraley, trumpet; Jennifer Sullivan, flute; and Lavina Grzymajlo, clarinet. Sixth grader Caroline Burns, clarinet, was also selected but unable to attend.
Angela Holt from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music was the guest conductor and clinician for the middle school honor band.