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WSD Student Selected to Missouri All-State Orchestra One Student Selected as Alternate, Two Students Selected for Honorable Mention Band

January 6, 2022



All-State band auditions recently concluded and over 1,300 students from across Missouri auditioned for the prestigious 108-member Missouri All-State Band. Over 300 students auditioned for the All-State Orchestra; of those, nearly 160 were violinists. The Wentzville School District saw success with students who auditioned. Timberland High School sophomore, Kaya McNurlen auditioned for the All-State Orchestra and was selected as a First Violin member, McNurlen will audition again for seating in late January. 



McNurlen said,  "I have always loved playing in full orchestras, so I am very much looking forward to making beautiful music with wonderful musicians. I'd like to thank my teacher Kirby Kay for her guidance and support throughout the last five years." The Orchestra ensemble will include over 65 musicians and will rehearse and perform at the Annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, January 26-29, 2022 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.



Liberty High School junior Benjamin Young auditioned and was awarded first chair alternate for the All-State Band on the baritone saxophone. Only two baritone saxophone students were selected for the ensemble and two were selected as alternates. Holt High School senior Andrew Frecks was selected for the All-State Honorable Mention Band as first chair tenor saxophone. Caleb Gee, senior from Holt High School, was also selected to the All-State Honorable Mention Band as fourth chair alto saxophone. 



The All-State Band will give its only performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Tan-Tar-A in January 2022. 



See the full list of selected orchestra musicians here.

See the full list of selected band musicians here.