Andersen in SEIBA Honor Band
Dakota Andersen, a ninth-grade trumpet student at Fairfield High School, was selected to participate in the Southeast Iowa Honor Band.
Auditions for the honor band were held Jan. 5 at Fairfield High School. About 800 students from southeast Iowa auditioned in hopes of being accepted to attend the SEIBA Honor Band Festival.
The Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association sponsors the auditions each year in Fairfield. This year, there were 28 audition centers, with approximately 400 students auditioning for two junior high bands; more than 300 students auditioning for the high school concert band; and about 80 students auditioning for the high school jazz band.
The SEIBA Festival was held Saturday at Iowa City West High School. The students rehearsed with guest conductors during the afternoon and gave an evening concert.
The junior high bands were conducted by Kim Benson, junior high band director in Pella. and David Lang, high school band director in Independence.
Guest conductors for the other bands included: jazz band – Tony Guzman of Luther College; and high school concert band – Travis Cross, an Iowa native, who is a conductor and teacher at Virginia Tech University. At the concert, the high school band premiered a composition written for them by Cross.
Andersen, the son of Kevin and Mary Andersen of Fairfield, traveled Saturday to Iowa City and participated in the clinic and practice sessions all day.
Andersen has previously been selected for the Southeast Iowa Honor Band in seventh and eighth grade and also was selected to the Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band his eighth grade year. He has participated in the Fairfield Municipal Band and has recently played with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.