Three local students selected for college’s All-State Jazz Band – Mitchell Republic


The South Dakota Music Educators Association hosted the South Dakota Middle School All-State Jazz Band on February 7-8 at the Mitchell School District Performing Arts Center.

Three local students were selected for the All-State Jazz Group. Mitchell Middle School’s Mason Buenzow was selected as the tenor saxophone player for the band Honor, while Max Hart played drums in the band Festival. Mitchell Christian’s Rebekah Strong has been selected to play trumpet in the band Honor.

A total of 35 students from grades 6 to 8 were selected to participate in the two groups. Mitchell will also host the SDMEA College All-State Band on March 6-7, with the concert scheduled for 3 p.m. The All States Jazz Band participants are listed below:

Honor Orchestra (Yi Chen Ensemble)

Alto saxophone: Parker Thorsland, Brandon Valley; Aidan Hofer, Tea.

Tenor saxophone: William Laible, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Mason Buenzaw, Mitchell.

Baritone saxophone: Emily Outland, Brandon Valley.

Trumpet: Annika Bruner, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Rebekah Strong, Mitchell Christian; Brielle Clapp, a Christian from Sioux Falls; Tyler Brost, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Axton Johnson, Aberdeen Holgate.

Trombone: Zach Kemnitz, Sioux Falls Edison; Max Altena, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Myles Adamiak, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Camden Coughlin, Brandon Valley

Piano: Joy Trautman, Huron.

Guitar: Jackson Rott, Aberdeen Holgate.

Low: Liam Wiltse, Brookings Mickelson.

Drums: Grant Masek, Sioux Falls Whittier.

Festival Orchestra (Dan Carlson Ensemble)

Alto saxophone: Samantha Fonder, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Kelsey Schuchhardt, Huron.

Tenor saxophone: Meena Broveleit, Sioux Falls Edison; Owen Norby, Dakota Valley.

Baritone saxophone: Sean Jepsen, South Harrisburg.

Trumpet: Alexis Klimek, Yankton; Antelope Essence, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry; Tommy Haas, Lennox; Joshua Thorson, Northwest Region; Kassidy Wranek, The.

Trombone: Isaiah Sharp, Aberdeen Simmons; Katrina Holzkamm, Aberdeen Simmons; Jordan Spilde, Arlington.

Piano: Sam Weidner, Sioux Falls Whittier.

Guitar: Peter Klatt, Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

Low: Henry Aberle, Aberdeen Holgate.

Drums: Max Hart, Mitchell.

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Henry R. Wright