After only two
intensive rehearsals, the talented group of musicians is ready to hit the
students from across Pembina Trails come together to make music as part of the
Middle Years Honour Band. The group of 75
students from 12 schools spend two days practicing and then have the opportunity to perform
together for family and friends.
Walleghem student, Travis Hyra, plays the Tuba and has a real passion for music
since he began playing the piano at age five. He jumped at the chance to come
together with other school musicians.
“It is fun. You
learn a lot in two days and you get to learn new music. You get to see how
other students play their instruments and you can learn so much from a new
conductor,” said Hyra.
The 13 year
old, along with his peers were lead by guest conductor Wendy Zander McCallum. McCallum is the Instrumental Music
Education Specialist and director of the Symphonic Band at Brandon University.
She has worked as a solo and ensemble adjudicator
and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles across North America.
“Students in the Pembina Trails Honour Band 2019
demonstrated preparation, determination, and focus, and the process was
outstanding,” said McCallum.
“Directors rehearsed students thoroughly before their
arrival, so our two days together were filled with opportunities to improvise,
move, and tell musical stories through diverse high-quality compositions.
What a joy to interact with musicians and music educators who are so committed
Years Honour Band workshop and public performance is an annual event in Pembina
Trails. Special thanks
to Wendy Zander McCallum for making this year’s event a success.