Hastings College music students selected to play in annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Band

Five Hastings College student-musicians were selected to play in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Band at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA) spring conference February 28-March 2 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The ensemble is comprised of more than 100 students from colleges and universities across Nebraska.

Students are selected to be part of the band by nomination of a director and the need of the ensemble.

Hastings College students who participated included Jordyn Brandt, a senior from Exeter, Nebraska, who played flute; Alex Dominguez, a senior from Grand Island, Nebraska, who played alto saxophone; Benjamin Howie, a first-year student from Hastings, Nebraska, was played percussion; Sarah Johnson, a senior from Hastings, Nebraska, who played clarinet; and Rebecca Riley, a senior from Grand Island, Nebraska, who also played clarinet.

The Intercollegiate Band participated in a conducting workshop with to receive coaching from Nebraska collegiate directors, and a clinician, Dr. Scott Teeple from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For the concert on March 2, the band played a repertoire of pieces including Sol y Sambra by Geroge Gates, My Eyes Are Full of Shadow by Joel Puckett and Sketches on a Tudor Psalm by Fisher Tull.

“The Intercollegiate Band is a great way for Hastings College music students to interact with more than 100 other talented students from across the state and to work with clinicians to improve their skills,” said Dr. Louie Eckhardt, Hastings College assistant professor of music and director of bands.

At the spring conference, Eckhardt was named the apprentice chair for next year’s Intercollegiate Band, allowing him to assist in running the event, choosing the repertoire and communicating with the clinician. Eckhardt will then take the lead for the 2021 band.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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