Galop (Arthur Bird arr. James Syler

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Metroplex (Robert Sheldon)

by David Miller

Princeton High School hosted the annual Ohio Music Education Association District XIV Honor Bands Festival on January 9. After auditioning, students from area schools were selected to perform in the prestigious OMEA concert. There was a High School Honor Band performance, a High School Honor Symphony Band concert, as well as performances by 7th and 8th-grade Honor Bands.

Students from Cincinnati’s most prestigious schools were represented:

Anderson, Goshen, Indian Hill, Loveland, Mariemont, Milford, Moeller, Mount Notre Dame, Oak Hills, Princeton, Reading Community School, Reading, SCPA, St. Xavier, Sycamore, Turpin, Walnut Hills, West Clermont, Wyoming, Colerain, and Summit Country Day.

The audio above is the concert given by the High School Symphony Honor Band. Several Loveland High School students were selected to be in this band:

Alton French – Bassoon

Kirsten Arill – Clarinet

Lizzy Lip – Trumpet

Aaron Spjut – Trumpet

Olivia Smith – Trombone

Jake Simon – Tuba

Allison Oh – Percussion

Jonathan Kaseff – Percussion

Dr. Brandon Jones was the guest conductor. Jones is a Professor of Music, Coordinator of Instrumental Music, and Music Department Chairperson at Wittenberg University, where he conducts their Symphonic Band.


Several other Loveland School District students performed during the full afternoon of concerts.

High School Concert Honor Band

Shay Thomson, Zack Peebles, Amelia Macura, Sydney Whitlock, and Ellie Brinkman.

7th Grade Honor Band

Katie Oaks, Eleanor Dennedy, James Young, John Paul Galles, and Victoria Elliot.

8th Grade Honor Band

Caitlyn Ferrer, Payton Brown, and Luke Slater.

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