High School Students Chosen for Honors Bands

Eleven Fox Chapel Area High School students were recently chosen for two 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) honors bands.

•PMEA District 1 Honors Jazz Ensemble – Fox Chapel Area High School seniors Alexander Perez and Glenna Van Dyke, and juniors Michael Mendelson and Jacob Rendall, were selected by audition to perform with the PMEA District 1 Honors Jazz Ensemble. Each year, three 19-piece jazz bands are made up of students who audition from the nearly 90 school districts that make up PMEA District 1. The PMEA District 1 Honors Jazz Ensemble performed at North Allegheny Senior High School February 2, under the direction of world-renown jazz arrangers/composers Michael Kamuf and Ralph Ford.

•PMEA District 1 Band East – Ten Fox Chapel Area High School students were selected by audition to perform with the 2019 PMEA District 1 Band East. The students are seniors Megan Hayes, Hannah Kim, Noah Manges, Alexander Perez, and Glenna Van Dyke; juniors Jacob Rendall and Anzu Sekikawa; and sophomores Madelyn Francis, Nathaniel Kisslinger, and Joey Wang. The band was comprised of 120 of the best student-musicians from 35 high schools from Allegheny, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties. The PMEA District 1 Band East concert was held January 25 at Burrell High School. The guest conductor was Daniel Neuenschwander, the director of bands at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

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PMEA District 1 Honors Jazz Ensemble participants from Fox Chapel Area High School.

PMEA District 1 Band East participants from Fox Chapel Area High School.