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LHHS Students hit the right notes at music festival

 LHHS Students chosen for Northwest Regional Honor Band
LHHS Students chosen for Northwest Regional Honor Band

Six Lake Havasu High School students performed in the Northwest Regional Honor Music Festival at Prescott’s Yavapai College in mid-February. The three-day festival included hours of rehearsals and concluded with a concert on the third day. Performers were a regional honor choir, honor orchestra and honor band.

The Havasu students chosen for the honor band were Francisco Hernandez, Michael Thompson, Christopher Hall, Isaac Agosto, Jenny Smith and Lilia Shaffer.

“About 300 students from across our region performed,” said Kimberly Schreiber. She is the director of bands and orchestra at Havasu High.

“Students had to audition successfully in order to qualify for the opportunity to be a part of the festival. Auditions were at Flagstaff High School. Only a select few, depending on their score, were chosen to fill each section,” Schreiber said. Students who qualified had less than three weeks to prepare the music. Schreiber noted that according to AMEA (Arizona Music Educators Association), Arizona is divided into eight regions.

“Our northwest region is one of the largest areas covered in Arizona, consisting of schools from Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Williams, Sedona, Flagstaff, Page, and also the area of north Phoenix, amongst other northwest schools,” she said.

“We are especially proud of our students who qualified and had the honor and privilege of performing in the Regional Festival… they get to be a part of a group that showcases some of our highest musical talent in this part of the state,” Schreiber said.

For the students’ trip, Anderson Nissan donated two rental vehicles for travel to Prescott.

The band’s next festival is March 7 in Flagstaff. The band also will be holding a fundraiser to help cover the cost of transportation to events like this, and all future events, as well as the necessary costs for instrument repair and equipment to keep the program maintained. The fundraiser is called Hollywood Knights and is held on April 6th at 6pm.

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by Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Feb 27, 2019


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