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St. Francis Students Selected For All-State Honor Band

Logan and Sarah pose for a photo while attending Honor Band.

The Kansas John Philip Sousa Honor Band is a statewide honor band open to students in grades 6-9. Participants in the band are selected by audition and are among the most talented middle level musicians in the state of Kansas . Of the 347 students who auditioned this year, 83 were selected for the top band, the Blue Band, and 106 were selected for the Red Band.

From St. Francis, eighth grader Sarah Whitmore, flute, and freshman Logan Whitmore, trumpet, were each selected to play fourth chair in the Blue Band.

“This is quite an accomplishment and a great honor for Sarah and Logan. Not only are they the first students from St. Francis to audition for the Sousa Honor Band, but they were competing against students from much larger school districts such as Wichita and Kansas City,” said St. Francis music director Debbie Fiala.

Logan and Sarah traveled to the University of Kansas on January 23 and 24 where they rehearsed with fellow honor band members Friday evening and Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, they performed in a public concert at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus. The Blue Band was under the direction of Mr. Douglas Akey, renowned composer and band director at Hendrix Junior High School in Chandler , Arizona .