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Francis Howell students selected for Honor Bands

FHSD students have earned spots on the Metro 8 Honor Band and Metro 8 Honor Jazz Band
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The Missouri Music Educators Association traditionally honors the best musicians in each area of the state, and several Francis Howell students have earned coveted spots on the Metro 8 Honor Band and Metro 8 Honor Jazz Band.

“These students took on quite a challenge outside of the classroom, individually working up several pieces of music,” Francis Howell Central’s Band Director Nathan Griffin explained. “All the students who auditioned should be congratulated on tackling such an enormous task.”

Francis Howell Central had some of the program’s best results ever, with 17 Spartans making either the Metro 8 lists or alternate positions.

Eleven Francis Howell North students made the Metro 8 Concert Band, along with two alternates, and two others earned alternate status with the Jazz Band, resulting in 15 total positions earned.

“The band students at North are some of the most focused and determined I have ever seen,” Francis Howell North’s Band Director Rob Stegeman said. “Their successes through marching band and with our other activities come from their ability to accept change and work with their whole hearts.”

From Francis Howell High School, 10 students auditioned, and Clare Raftery made the Metro 8 Honor Band. Raftery is a sophomore clarinet player that has made the St. Louis Metro 8 Honor Band two years in a row.

Auditions for the All-State Honor Band from Francis Howell Central include: Aleuria Alderson, Laurel Ammond, Joey Black, Sam Eckhoff, Sam Ellison, Abimael Herrera, Andrew Houmes, Tucker Jones, Alex LaBanca, Vanessa Luan, Stephanie Monson, Nicolas Moore, Matt Mossinghoff, Sam Reed-Bippen, Christa Rolsing, Elizabeth Skelly and Ethan Stepanek.

Auditions for the All-State Honor Band from Francis Howell North include: Grant Argent, Kiley Beiner, Arianna Chaves, Abigail Chruma, Sam Dwyer, James Fairless, Ben Mossinghoff, Michael Murphy, Jr., Ian Perry, Ashley Raster, Dominic Schneider, Avery Ward, Sam Weaver, Tyler Windsor and Christian Witte.

The sole auditioner for the All-State Honor Band from Francis Howell High is Clare Raftery.

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