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GSL students named to honor bands

On Jan. 16, one student from the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) Lakeside Elementary School Intermediate Band, four students from the Lincoln Junior High Bands, and three students from the GSL High School Bands attended the Central Region Honor Band of the Minnesota Band Directors Association.
GSL High School Band students Leah Bettcher (bassoon), Dallas Durbin (trumpet) and Jessica Alsleben (trombone) were members of the ninth- and 10th-grade Honor Band. Lincoln Junior High School Band Students Abby Gronlund (flute), Eli Kuehn (trombone), Gabe Christensen (trombone) and Dan Cross (percussion) were members of the sixth- through eighth-grade Honor Band.  Emma Gepson (trumpet) of the Lakeside Intermediate Band was also a member of the sixth- through eighth-grade Honor Band.
Held at Elk River High School, the bands featured 162 students from 47 schools throughout central Minnesota.  The day included significant rehearsal time and a short amount of time with volunteer section coaches. The event culminated with a concert held in the Elk River High School Auditorium.  
The CMBDA sixth- through eighth-grade Honor Band was conducted by Peter Guenther, director of bands at Owatonna High School, while the ninth- and 10th-grade Honor Band was conducted by Catharine Sinon Bushman of St. Cloud State University.