DECATUR — The following members of the THS Band were selected to perform in the Millikin Univer- sity Honor Band Festival on Monday, October 25: Izzy Miller, Marcus Wilkins, Kimberly Howard, Breauna Spencer, Jayden Hopkins, Gabe Shanks, Erica Ed- wards, Riley Elam and Kai Albright. As part of this festival, the selected students performed had the opportunity to work with, learn from and perform with the world famous Dallas Brass.
These THS musicians came together with musicians from over 20 other area high schools, were di- vided into two ensembles, a Wind Ensemble and a Concert Band, rehearsed for the day and then presented a concert to the public that evening. The Wind Ensem- ble was conducted by Millikin University Director of Bands Corey Seapy and performed “The Cowboys” by John Williams/arr. by Jay Bocook; “Colors in the Sky” by Kathy Copley; “American Tableau” arr. by John Wasson and Michael Levine; and “Semper Fidel- is” by John Philip Sousa/ arr. by Andrew Balent and Michael Levine. The Concert Band was directed by Millikin University Head of Music Education Neal Smith and performed “A Time To Dance” by Julie Giroux; “When The Stars Began to Fall” arr. by Allen; “Star Wars” by John WIlliams/arr. by Gale and Wasson; and Buckaroo Barn Dance arr. by Sharp and Michael Levine.
Speaking on the experience, Breauna Spencer said, “It was a complete inspiration to hear and learn from highly talented musicians. To hear a completely different level of instrumental musicians was an outstanding opportunity that I will appreciate forever. I will take all the skills I learned from the Dallas brass and use them during my cur- rent and future instrumen- tal practices.” Erica Ed- wards added, “Even though I’m not a brass player, I had the most educational expe- rience I have ever had when it comes to honor bands. They showed me and others what to aspire to, what the end goal is, and to just keep working. Using not only their verbal instructions and the stories they told us, they gave us the best live performance of our lives. I know the Dallas Brass isn’t exactly considered popular, but they changed each and every musicians life that night and I am all the more grateful for it.”