Five PHS musicians to play in Drake University Honor Band Festival

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The five PHS students selected to participate in the Drake Honor Band on Dec. 4 and 5 are, from left, Breanna Penenger, Morgan Holmstrom, Edwardo Medina, Alonzo Lumbreras and Alex Tapia.

Five Perry High School students have been selected to participate in the Drake University Honor Band Festival Dec. 4 and 5 at the Hamon Fine Arts Center on the DU campus in Des Moines.

The talented musicians are Breanna Penenger, Morgan Holmstrom, Edwardo Medina, Alonzo Lumbreras and Alex Tapia. The students play under the direction of PHS Instrumental Music Director Brandon Weeks.

During the two-day honor band festival, students and directors rehearse and attend clinics with guest conductors and members of the Drake music faculty. The festival culminates with two evening concerts, with the Drake Bands and the Bands presenting a wide selection of wind band music.

“The Honors Concert Band and Honors Wind Ensemble are comprised of over 200 students from throughout Iowa and Nebraska,” said a festival spokesperson. “These students are among the finest in the nation.”

“This is great news,” said Perry Community School District Supintendent Lynn Ubben. “Congratulations to Mr. Weeks and all our fine PHS musicians.”

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