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Cherry Creek Schools Honor Band Concert features “best of the best”

CCSD HS Honor Band low woodwinds and saxophones
It’s not unusual to hear beautiful music coming from the band, choir or orchestra rooms at Grandview High School. But on a snowy January evening, the sounds of “Greek Folk Song Suite” by Franco Cesarini emanated from… a storage room.

 


That’s where the saxophone and low woodwind section of the Cherry Creek Schools High School Honor Band was holding a sectional rehearsal. Crowded in between shelves of marching band supplies, students playing saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon were guided through the intricacies of the three-movement piece by Cherry Creek High School Band Director Sara Wynes.

CCSD HS Honor Band ClarinetsAt the same time, Wynes’ fellow CCHS Band Director Tim Libby was working with the clarinet section in the orchestra room. Grandview Band Director Keith Farmer was working with the high woodwinds (students who play piccolo, flute and oboe) in a choir room. Eaglecrest High School Band Director Jason Mabrey was working with the trumpet section in a second choir room. Smoky Hill High School Band Director Zak Ruffert was working with the percussion section in the band room while Overland High School Band Director Ryan Monarch was working with the French horn section in the music teachers’ office.

They were drilling four diverse pieces of music the students will perform in the 13th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Honor Band Concert, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, in the auditorium at Grandview. The performance will begin with the 69-member Middle School Honor Band, followed by the 66-member High School Honor Band. Students had to audition for the ensembles and those selected represent the best middle and high school musicians from across the Cherry Creek School District’s 108 square miles.

CCSD HS Honor Band Percussion“These are students who want something extra, who want to push themselves to the next level,” explained OHS Band Director Ryan Monarch. “They love doing it. It’s not work to them. They have fun.”

And they are passionate about making music.

“I really love being able to express things through music that you really can’t express through words,” said French horn player Nicole Benson, who is a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School.

“I love to play in ensembles where everyone really wants to be there because the sound is just a lot different,” added fellow French horn player Anna Wikowsky, a senior at Grandview.

“I’m here because I love music, music is my passion,” said Owen Eichenseer, a junior at Eaglecrest High School who also plays French horn. He’s made the honor band for five consecutive years and says he enjoys meeting new musicians each year. “I think it unites all the schools together in a way that, really, nothing else can.”

CCSD HS Honor Band FlutesThe students learn the concert music on their own and polish it during the sectional rehearsals. Then they have the opportunity to work with guest clinicians on Friday and Saturday before the concert. Dr. Matthew Dockendorf, assistant director of bands and instructor of music at the University of Colorado will conduct the middle school band, while Dr. Donald McKinney, director of bands and associate professor at CU will conduct the high school band.

“It’s a different experience being in front of someone who is not their home band director,” Monarch said.

The CCSD Honor Bands program was established in 2006 to continually raise the standard of music education in the district, affirm the critical role that the arts play in the education of all students and to recognize exceptional student musicians.

CCSD HS Honor Band Trumpets“As teachers, we love offering this opportunity to our students. They bring back fresh energy and heightened musicality that inspires the peers in their home programs,” said Sara Wynes. “We are supported by the district Activities Office and it wouldn't be possible to carry on this valuable tradition without this team!”

The 13th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Honor Band Concert is free and open to the public and Monarch encourages the community to attend.

“They’re going to hear the best of the best that Cherry Creek has to offer.”

Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek School District Honor Band musicians!

Middle School Honor Band

Flute
Sophie Corbel-CCA
Shaina Chan-Sky Vista
Rylee Paulson-Sky Vista
Tanvi Jitta-Liberty
Emerson Niederloh-West
Giselle Marians-Campus
Morgan Willock-West
Yilin Song- Campus
Benjamin Rogers- Fox Ridge
Gayathri Saravanakumar- Falcon Creek
Elise Renner- Thunder Ridge
Aubree Miller- Fox Ridge

Oboe
Jonathan Shin-Liberty
Sophia Langlotz-Falcon Creek

Bassoon
David Guy-Fox Ridge
Amelia Dundon-Campus

Clarinet
Anna Chilton- Sky Vista
James Laub-Sky Vista
Sean Lee- Campus
Ian Gair-Campus
Sarah Aronheim- Campus
Gloria Namgung- Laredo
Alyssa Kaiser- Fox Ridge
Sarah Rich- Fox Ridge
Shiven Saxena- Campus
Talei Ricketson- Laredo
Deborah Loseke- Liberty
Caitlin Dong- Campus
Yupeng Lee- Sky Vista
Lydia Foster- Campus

Bass Clarinet
Isaiah Jaquez-Liberty
Manaya Golatt-Horizon

Alto Saxophone
Aditya Krishna-Campus
Michael Meyers-Sky Vista
Avi Grope-Campus
Koga Kadota-Sky Vista
Helen Mclellan-West

Tenor Saxophone
Mehir Mathias-Liberty
Isabella Sandvall-CCA
 
Baritone Saxophone
Arion Cox-Horizon
Nolan Gear-West

Trumpet
Advik Shrivastava-CCA
Chris Stephens-Horizon
Gavin McKown-Horizon
Alex Vera-Fox Ridge
Kaz Hudson-West
Hannah Brinkman-Sky Vista
Lilia Stocking-Liberty
Aidan Anderson-Campus
Yoseph Esayas- Horizon

Horn
Ainsley Kish-Falcon Creek
Benjamin Eichenseer-Sky Vista
Cassidy Bailey-Horizon

Trombone
Parker Walsh-West
Trevor Preuss-Fox Ridge
Alyssa Chau-Liberty
Henry Smith-Daigle-Fox Ridge
Emma Jackson-Fox Ridge
Jacob McGuire-Liberty
Caleb Grubenhoff-Liberty

Baritone
Shrihari Asokan-Liberty
Drake Standish-Liberty

Tuba
Joseph Graves-Falcon Creek

Percussion
Kimani Magee- Horizon
Zackery Price- Fox Ridge
David Chong- Campus
Parker Ellis- Sky Vista
Luke Birchfield- Fox Ridge
Jonas Dillon- Fox Ridge
High School Honor Band
 
Flute
Leanna Chae-GHS
Judy Chen-CCHS
Ayla Lantz-CTHS
Annie Lu (Piccolo)-CTHS
Hannah Min-OHS
Leah Shin-CCHS
Emily Zhang-CCHS

Oboe
Walker Hans-SHHS
Matas Suziedelis-GHS

Bassoon
Clarrisse Bosman-CCHS

Clarinet
Breeya Cooper-GHS
Dong Gyu Jang-CCHS
Yunjae Jung-CCHS
Kayla Kiger-GHS
Andrew Kim-GHS
Sabrina Lalinde-Fischer-SHHS
Kenra Paabo-CTHS
Luis Rodriguez-OHS
Dylan Simone-GHS
Mario Trevino-GHS
Danielle Underwood-OHS
Jordan Walters-GHS

Bass Clarinet
Henry Cummings-EHS
Sienna Gonzalez-GHS
Makayla Risch-CTHS

Alto Saxophone
Shealyn Greenberg-EHS
Sophie Kvaratskhelia-CCHS
Samuel Smith-EHS

Tenor Saxophone
Adam Edrich-CCHS

Baritone Saxophone
Ethan Ekleberry-EHS

Trumpet
Shane Barkley-EHS
Andrew Bernal-EHS
Josh Cussen-CCHS
Amruta Divekar-GHS
Sam Ericksen-GHS
Gavin Eschholz-CCHS
Zach Harris-EHS
Cassandra Loftus-GHS
Katelyn Lyn-Kew-GHS
Max Nielsen-GHS

Horn
Alexa Barron-CCHS
Nicole Benson-CCHS
Owen Eichenseer-EHS
Jeffrey Matney-GHS
Paige Montgomery-GHS
Anna Wikowsky-GHS

Trombone
Ryan Charles-GHS
Audrey Dow-CCHS
Zach Gerstner (Bass)-OHS
Brandon Graese (Bass)-GHS   
Elijah Henderson-OHS
Paa Kwesi-Obeng-SHHS
Dylan Perez-EHS
Josh Staut (Bass)-CCHS
Nyabuath Tuom-SHHS

Baritone
Joseph Peters-CCHS
Santiago Zachman-GHS

Tuba
Ava Brindle-SHHS
Chieri Kamada-CCHS
Elly Smith-GHS
Zach Winter-EHS

Percussion
Josh Gienger-Nieves-SHHS
AJ Hudson-SHHS
Isaiah Kim-GHS
Stefen Park-SHHS
Nicholas Schell-GHS

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