Honors band members to compete for chance at state

The Columbian High School wind ensemble is to compete Saturday during the Ohio Music Education Association District Two Large Group at Oak Harbor High School.

The honors band competed in January, earning 21 superior rankings and 14 excellence ratings.

“If the students qualify during Saturday’s competition, they will move on to the state competition in April,” said Band Director Mike Meadows.

A total of 52 students are to compete, Meadows said. They are to be ranked on a scale from 1-5 on articulation, accuracy of notes and phrasing, among other technical aspects.

Several students also are part of other honors bands, including The Ohio State University Honors Band, Bowling Green State University Honors Band, the OMEA Honors Band and District Two Honors Band.

Senior Cassi Traunero, who plays the flute and piccolo, has been involved in several groups, such as The OSU honors band, BGSU honors band, the OSU State Fair Band, and even was able to take a trip across Europe last summer.

“So far, it has been great experience.” Traunero said. “It is different than any other high school band. You get to meet so many talented people and have fun at the same time.”

Parker Holben, a senior who plays the euphonium, also has been involved with the OSU, BGSU, Ohio University and District Two honors bands.

“It is great to be a part of something and meet people who share the same passion as you,” Holben said. “I have learned so much. I wouldn’t have done so well in my auditions without being involved in the honors band.”

Band Booster President Jodi Roszman supports having honors band programs available for students.

“Students who participate in the honors band put forth a strong effort and are able to strive in accademics as well as the music makes them more well-rounded students,” Roszman said.

Roszman has a daugher, Gabby, in the Symphonic Band, where she plays trumpet, and also has been involved in the OSU and District Two honors bands.

“Being in the honors band, I have seen in her a sense of accomplishment, and she works hard to be a better player,” she said.

Roszman praised both band directors,.

“The directors have done an outstanding job in turning the students into some amazing musicians. I am proud of all the hard work of the band members and their accomplishments,” she said.

According to Meadows, honors band students are more willing to do the work to audition, Meadows said.

“The students have a good work ethic and play at a higher level,” he said. “They have a desire to be better and (to) seek opportunities.”

The competition is to take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Harbor High School.