State’s longest-running honors ensembles featured students from 35 high schools

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Hastings College held its 56th Annual Honor Band, 48th Annual Honor Choir and 39th Annual Honor Orchestra on campus February 1-3, culminating with the annual concert on February 3

The Hastings College Honor Band, Orchestra and Choir (HBOC) are the longest-running high school music honor ensembles sponsored by a college in Nebraska and feature some of the best high school musical talent throughout the region. This year, student participants represented 35 high schools in Nebraska and Colorado.

The honor band was directed by Dr. Louie Eckhardt, director of bands at Hastings College; the orchestra was directed by Dr. Michael Laycock Wichita State University; and the choir was directed by Dr. Sean Burton of Briar Cliff University.

“Students selected for this year’s honors ensembles were simply outstanding,” said Dr. Byron Jensen, chair of the Hastings College Department of Music. “Students put in tremendous effort during rehearsals and small group practices with Hastings College faculty. It all came together for a beautiful concert, one of the best performances I’ve seen in my years of involvement with the ensembles.”

The afternoon concert concluded with all three ensembles performing “America the Beautiful” conducted by Hastings College music professor Dr. Marc LaChance.

Students participating in this year’s Hastings College Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra are listed below, by high school.

Adams Central High School

Band

  • Trenton Bruntz
  • Adam Eddy
  • Sarina Janssen
  • Shelby Lagueux

Choir

  • Tyler Clay
  • Amber Hollister
  • Faith Marino
  • Avery Muff
  • Annie Wawrzynkiewicz

Arthur County High School

Choir

  • Isaac Buitron

Aurora High School

Band

  • Emily Donnell
  • Elliott Jensen

Bellevue East High School

Choir

  • Ryan Karl
  • Mackenzie Krumland
  • Noah Reestman

Brownell Talbot High School  

Orchestra

  • Brianna Li

Doniphan-Trumbull High School

Band

  • Lacey Hoffman
  • Sydney Puente
  • Jason Remm

Falls City High School

Band

  • Hailey Buchner
  • Franklin Field

Fort Calhoun High School

Band

  • Ben Bonacci
  • Grant Hansen
  • Keagan Hunter
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Avery McKennan
  • Elizabeth Pace

Choir

  • Jordan Wear
  • Franklin High School
  • Choir
  • Karsen Bower

Fremont High School

Band

  • Jessica Alcorn

Choir

  • Aaron Mercado
  • Juan Diaz
  • Sarah Qualsett

Gibbon High School

Choir

  • Morgan Wadkins-Meyer

Grand Island Central Catholic High School

Band

  • Joseph Mueller

Orchestra

  • Abigail King

Grand Island Senior High

Band

  • Grant Cole

Hastings Senior High School

Band

  • Emily Beave
  • Joshua Brooks
  • Joshua Coe
  • Hailey Haase
  • Benjamin Howie
  • Anna Johnson
  • Luke Fincher
  • AJ Marousek
  • Lucy Nielsen
  • Audrey Weeks

Choir

  • Grayson Baker
  • Isaiah Brant
  • Lauren Canady
  • Chyna Delker
  • Lily Kingsley

Orchestra

  • Kaila Avent
  • Saylor Pershing
  • Rachel Witt

Holyoke (Colorado) High School

Band

  • Trey Bennett

Julesburg (Colorado) High School

Choir

  • Alius Evans
  • Adolfo Fraire

Kearney High School

Band

  • Mychaela Fegter
  • Justin Johnson
  • Chayna Lundgren
  • River Mefferd
  • Baylee Smith
  • Jacob Temme
  • Zach Uden

Orchestra

  • Megan Darveau
  • Jacob Hardy (Concert Master)
  • Nicolas Landanger
  • Veronica Mejia
  • Cassandra Waddel
  • Tori Williamson       

Lakeview High School

Choir

  • Olivia Engel
  • Taylor Brewer
  • Halla Paschold

Lamb of God Lutheran Academy

Orchestra

  • Joanna Leckband

Lincoln High School

Band

  • Sydney Kohl

Orchestra

  • Annika Novotny

Lincoln East High School

Band

  • Daniel Laws
  • Jack McGowan

Lincoln Lutheran High School

Band

  • Tyler Scholz

Milford High School

Band

  • Joshua Ramsdell

Mitchell (Colorado) High School

Band

  • Denali Lancaster

Nebraska City High School

Choir

  • Jose Fernando Dominguez

Norfolk High School

Band

  • Riley Bender
  • Janea Hirschman
  • MaKaila Holland
  • Angel Lopez
  • Austin Matthies
  • Clayton Spray
  • Thomas Wisnieski

Choir

  • Danielle Bennett
  • Madison Burns
  • Marissa Carr
  • Grant DeFor
  • Lloyd Manansala
  • Shelby Mulford
  • Katie Rusk
  • Jacob Wicker

Orchestra

  • Taylor Butterfield
  • Paloma Castillo
  • Gavin Farrell
  • Maureen Flaherty
  • Miguel Gonzalez Jr.
  • Caleb Rittscher

North Platte High School

Orchestra

  • Nirvana Mendoza
  • Josline Garcia

Osmond High School

Band

  • Diandra Polt

Platteview High School

Band

  • Braden Hawley

Choir

  • Katelyn Grubb
  • Madi McKewon
  • Jenny Welsh

Scottsbluff High School

Band

  • Brayden Gonzales

Choir

  • Roberto Avila
  • Dakota Empfield
  • Shelby Fisher
  • Hassie Hood
  • Jaelynn Muhr
  • Yessenia Perez
  • Kimber Robbins
  • Jackson Ronne

Orchestra

  • Talia Wagner
  • Emily Williams

Southern Valley High School

Choir

  • Billy Cayou
  • Anna Fisher

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School

Choir

  • Madison Govier

Superior High School

Band

  • Haley West

Thayer Central High School

Choir

  • Dakota Cherney
  • Maggie Harris
  • Sierra Hatcher

Tri County High School

Choir

  • Benton Gustafson

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, 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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