Several hundred students from around the northwest district traveled to St Joseph Central High School on Nov. 3 to audition for the All District Band.
Chillicothe High School band members earning Northwest All District Band honors are Sarah Belvel, Anna Pitchford, Skylor Foli, Claire Chapman, and Grace Venner.
They will perform in the clinic and concert at Platte County High School on Saturday Dec. 8 with rehearsal all day culminating with a concert that evening.
Skylor Foli, freshman, made the All District Jazz Band. He is the only freshman member of the district band this year. A rehearsal for the district jazz band was held Tuesday evening at St Joseph Central High School, and another will be all day Saturday, Nov. 17, on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University with the concert the same evening held in conjunction with the NWMSU Jazz band.
Clinician and conductor for this year's Northwest All District Jazz Band is Jim Widner, who has enjoyed a career in jazz performance and education that has spanned over four decades. He is an alumnus of the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His performance background includes concerts with Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, and The St. Louis Symphony. Foli, plays guitar for the jazz band and also plays tenor sax in the marching and symphonic bands.