Jessica Jones selected to perform in top ISU Honor Band
Jessica Jones, a senior at Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School was selected to perform in the prestigious Gold Band at the Iowa State University Honor Band Festival last weekend. Dr. Michael Golemo, Director of Bands at Iowa State, had these comments about the honor bands: Our intention is to make the Gold Band the finest high school honor band ever assembled in our state. The Gold Band will be conducted by Dr. Travis Cross, Director of the Wind Ensemble at the University of California, Los Angeles. Membership in this ensemble will be limited to the finest musicians in the state. Students should be a member of the All-State Band for inclusion in this ensemble.
February will be a musical month at Iowa State University as the Music Department hosts the annual ISU Honor Bands Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium and the Honor Choir performance Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall.
Iowa high school students comprise both bands and choir, which gives participants the opportunity to explore Iowa State and perform for university faculty and students. Nearly 70 Iowa high schools are represented within the honor ensembles.
Michael Golemo, professor and chair of the Department of Music and director of bands at Iowa State, said the events help attract students to ISU.
“This is our 37th year hosting the event and it’s a great way for us to recruit students that are interested in Iowa State as music majors or non-music majors” said Golemo. “We’ve had several Honor Band students come to Iowa State to pursue their education.”
Students are selected to join the Honor Bands by their chair standings from the Iowa All-State band.
Jessica was an alternate for the 2nd time to the All State Band in November, was selected for SEIBA Honor Band the last three years, and has won numerous awards and honors in marching band, jazz band, and State Solo and Ensemble Contest. She will attend the University of Northern Iowa next fall to major in Music performance.