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State honor bands feature three OMS students

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Three Orono Middle School band students have been selected to perform with Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) state honor bands.

Seventh-grader Jacob Basil (below middle) and eighth-grader Laura Schoenzeit (below right) were selected for the MBDA 6-8 Honor Band. They were two of the 86 selected from the 274 students who auditioned this winter for membership. This group will rehearse and perform on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, at Chanhassen High School under the direction of John Lace.

Basil and seventh-grader Michael Matracz (below left) were selected for the South Central Regional MBDA 6-8 Honor Jazz Band. This group will rehearse and perform at Lakeville South High School on Saturday, March 4, under the direction of Conrad Miska.

Matracz was also selected for the South Central Regional MBDA 6-8 Honor Band. This group rehearsed and performed on Saturday, February 25, at Mankato West High School under the direction of Geneva Fitzsimmonds.

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