EBF Students Audition for SEIBA Honor Band
On Saturday, January 11th, approximately 800 students from Southeast Iowa arrived at Fairfield High School in hopes of being accepted to attend the SEIBA Honor Band Festival. Each year, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association sponsors the auditions in Fairfield. This year, there were 28 audition centers, with approximately 400 students auditioning for two junior high bands; over 300 students auditioning for the high school concert band; and about 50 students auditioning for the high school jazz band.
Congratulations to the students accepted from Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School: Jessica Jones; flute, and Riley Arnold; alto saxophone were selected to participate in the SEIBA High School Honor Band. Emma Haselhuhn; tenor sax was selected as 1st Tenor Sax in the SEIBA Honor Jazz band. Delanee Van Zante; alto saxophone was selected to particiate in the SEIBA Junior High Honor Band.
Students in junior high are expected to prepare chromatic and nine major scales, and two assigned etudes. High school students prepare two assigned etudes, chromatic and all major scales, and a solo excerpt of their choice. Competition is tough, as only about half of the students auditioning are accepted.
The SEIBA festival will be held at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, January 25th. The students will rehearse with guest conductors during the afternoon, and give an evening concert. The junior high bands will present their concert at 5:00 followed by the high school bands at 6:00. Congratulations to these fine musicians.