Hitting the right note earns place in honor band

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

Louisa County High School’s Arthur Wood (front row, l to r), percussion, Halle Harrison, clarinet; Aaron Logan (back row, l to r), french horn; Anne Dunn, trumpet; Caleb Snyder, alto saxophone; and Mason Robinette (not pictured), tuba, participated in the Virginia Tech Honor Band. Photos by Chan Powell

Out of more than 2,300 nominations, Louisa County had eight students named to the 2013 Virginia Tech Honor Band held Jan. 25 through the 27th in Blacksburg.

At the 16th annual Virginia Tech Honor Band weekend, 500 students were selected from the nominations which represents more than 170 schools in eight states to participate in the Honor Bands. According to William Lamb, Louisa County High School band director, there were students from North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and even Rhode Island.

Students selected for the Honor Band are placed by audition in one of five bands from middle through advanced high school.

Lamb nominated 10 high school students to Virginia Tech and six of the 10 students, were selected for the Honor Band. They are Arthur Wood, Halle Harrison, Aaron Logan, Anne Dunn, Caleb Snyder and Mason Robinette.

Kathy Allen, Louisa County Middle School band director, nominated four to Virginia Tech. Of the four students nominated Margaret Archer and Caitlyn Moloney made the Honor Band.

According to Allen, typically, only one student per school and per instrument is picked, but the middle school band members, who both played flute, were chosen for the same Honor Band.  This was a first for both seventh graders and an unusual occurrence for the Honor Band.

According to Lamb, there are five levels of Honor Band. Louisa High School students placed one in the top level band, one in the second level band and four in the third level. Allen said her students were placed in the Bronze Band. The bands each performed a concert on Sunday, Jan. 27

in Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech.

Louisa County Middle School’s Caitlyn Moloney and Margaret Archer were chosen to participant in the Virginia Tech Honor Band.

“It was a great weekend,” Lamb said.

“It was a wonderful time and a really good weekend,” Allen said.

Each high school and middle school student who made the Honor Band received a recognition pin. They are encouraged to wear the their pins from the previous years when they attend the Virginia Tech function each year or any other Honor Band concert.

Caleb Snyder and Arthur Wood are students who have won previous pins since they first began attending the Honor Band weekend. Lamb believed that this year would have been their third pin each.  It was the first year pin for the other students.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 21 edition of  The Central Virginian.

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