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Two Musically Gifted Students Receive All-District Band Honors


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Recently, the Bismarck High Band participated in tryouts for the East Central All-District Band.  Bismarck was lucky enough to fill two chairs within their district.  Hannah Kunkel and Dakotah Mandina were granted admission under the following instrumental sections; Kunkel for Bass Clarinet and Mandina for Flute/Piccolo.

The Smoke Signal decided to ask Band Director, Mr. Dennis Mayberry, about this honor.

How do you feel knowing you have two participants from the Bismarck Band in the East Central District Band?

“I am very proud.  I think it is a reflection of their hard work and passion for what they do.”

What are your hopes for the band department in the future?

“My hope is to have more students join in the future and to see our membership increase.  I want all my students to realize that they have the same odds as anyone from anywhere and the only thing that can hold them back is themselves.”

How do you think this helps the students?

“The audition process forces an interested student to zone in on the techniques and abilities that all musicians need but sometimes neglect.”

The next step for Kunkel and Mandina are the state auditions.

Congrats on your accomplishments!!

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