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Gepson, Popelka perform with MMEA all-state band

Two Glencoe-Silver Lake Concert Band members have completed their commitment to the 2016-2017 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Symphonic Band.
Jack Gepson, trumpet, and Laura Popelka, clarinet, began their all-state experience last March when they submitted recorded auditions. They were notified of their selection at the start of May and attended the all-state camp in Moorhead last August. At the start of the camp, chair placement auditions were heard and Gepson was placed second-chair trumpet in the band, while Popelka was placed as third-chair clarinet.
The all-state groups met again Feb. 17 for rehearsals and gave a culminating performance Feb. 18 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. This was the final event of the 2017 Convention of the Minnesota Music Educators Association.
The concert featured the Symphonic Band, the All-State Concert Band, and the All-State Orchestra.