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McNeese to host Honor Band this weekend

Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:25 AM

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The McNeese State University Regional High School Honor Band Weekend is being hosted Feb. 28-March 2 by the McNeese Bands program. The band will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

Seventy-nine band members from 24 high schools across Louisiana and Texas have been selected for the honor band. High school band directors nominated over 130 of their best student-musicians, from which 79 students were selected for the honor band, said Dr. Jay Jacobs, conductor of university bands at McNeese.

John “Jay” Watkins, associate director of bands at the University of Florida, will serve as the honor band clinician/concert conductor.

Participating high school seniors also have the opportunity to audition for McNeese band awards and/or music major scholarships on the first evening of the event.

Louisiana high schools represented include: Barbe High School, DeQuincy High School; East Ascension High School in Gonzales; Ellender Memorial High School in Houma; H.L. Bourgeois High School in Gray; Iowa High School; Jennings High School; Kinder High School; LaGrange High School in Lake Charles; Lake Arthur High School; Leesville High School; Merryville High School; Pickering High School; Pineville High School; Rosepine High School; Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff; South Beauregard High School in Longville; South LaFourche High School in Galliano; Sulphur High School; Tioga High School; and Westlake High School.

Texas high schools represented include: Buna High School; Kountze High School; and Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in Orange.

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