January 25, 2020
Five Berean Academy high school band students auditioned for the KMEA State Band in Salina on Saturday, January 18. There were over 1600 entries for the State Bands and Orchestra. Lauren Bender (flute), Sara Stucky (clarinet), and Kaylan Tuohey (flute) were selected to represent Berean Acadmey. Eli Nord (trombone) was named as an alternate.
Students are selected via a rigorous audition process that starts at the district level. [Auditions include each student performing a prepared piece, sight reading and scales.] Students who perform at the district level are then eligible to audition for selection to the All-State instrumental ensembles. Thus, the All-State student musicians are truly "the best of the best.” ( https://ksmea.org/hsband/ )
The All-State 1234A Band concert will take place in the Century II Convention Center Concert Hall in Wichita on February 29, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.