The Iowa High School Music Association has awarded its Distinguished Academic Achievement Awardto the following Urbandale High School Bands for the Fall 2018 semester.
Marching Band: 3.401 GPA
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
As a whole, students of the instrumental music department gave over 30 public performances throughout the school year.
The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band each performed 3 local concerts while the Wind Symphony performed 7 concerts in Iowa and Missouri and all groups performed at State Large Group held at Indianola High School in May. In 2019, the Wind Symphony earned a Division “I” rating; this is Wind Ensemble’s 27thDivision “I” rating in the past 28 years.
The 172-member J-Hawk Marching Band is UCSD’s largest single performing ensemble. They proudlyperformed at all home games, three regional festivals and in September of 2018 hosted the 21stAnnual Urbandale Marching Invitational. The band received a “Division I” rating at State Marching Contest, its 35thin a row. They also performed, as they do each year, at the Urbandale Independence Day Parade and Homecoming Parade.
The Jazz Bands performed at 4 local concerts and 3 regional contests. In February of 2019, they hosted the 16thAnnual Urbandale Jazz Colloquium – a non-competitive jazz festival with 15 visiting bands from several different Iowa schools. In addition to formal concerts and contests, the jazz bands also performed at several community events such as elementary school assemblies.
SOLO AND CHAMBER ENSEMBLE FESTIVALS RESULTS
On February 16, 2019, Urbandale High School Instrumental Music Department entered 112 events into the Perry Band Olympics Solo & Small Ensemble Contest. Performing alongside students from across the state of Iowa, Urbandale’s students earned 65 Division-I ratings. The following students were further highlighted against nearly 1000 other entries with these “podium finishes” within their respective categories:
Alexis Judge 5th 9-10 Bass Clarinet Solo
Chris Becker 5th 11-12 Euphonium
Robby Rice 4th 11-12 Snare Solo
Elijah Harris 4th 11-12 Tenor Sax Solo
Brooke Dannenfeldt 4th 11-12 Trombone Solo
Sarah Veeder 3rd 11-12 Horn
Nathan Boorman 3rd 9-10 Trombone
Daniel Bacuyag 3rd 9-10 Horn Solo
Alec Albrecht 3rd 11-12 Trombone Solo
Michael Andrews 1st 9-10 Bassoon Solo
Anne Gage 1st 11-12 Euphonium
Addie Kerr & Laynie Sand 1st 9-10 Clarinet/Flute Duet
ALL-STATE BAND AND ORCHESTRA
On Saturday, Oct. 20thUrbandale High School had 19 students audition for the Iowa Instrumental All-State Festival. Statewide over 1000 instrumental student-musicians audition and approximately 17% of the candidates are selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 16-17, 2018. These Urbandale students were among those selected:
Michael Andrews, 9thgrade, bassoon, 1st year
Alec Albrecht, 12thgrade, 2ndtrombone, 2nd year
Anne Gage, 12thgrade, euphonium, 2nd year
South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) District Honor Band
On November 29, 2018 Urbandale High School had 26 students audition for the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) Honor Band. 10 students were selected for participation:
Sera Veeder, horn
Reed Andrews, percussion
Erin Valle, clarinet
Will Schumacher, trumpet
Alexis Judge, bass clarinet
Lindsey Ingraham, flute
Audrey Krukow, clarinet
Olivia Reiser, flute
Hunter DeJager, trombone
Amanda Brown, flute
IOWA BANDMASTER’S AWARD OF MERIT
Senior, Katherine “Kit” Stoelk was awarded the Iowa Bandmaster’s Award of Merit for her musical achievement, work ethic and service to the organization over the course of her entire tenure in high school band.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG JAZZ AWARD
Senior, Alec Albrecht was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for his contributions, achievement, and study of jazz music.
VARSITY LETTER WINNERS
Each year band students have the opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter in band by participating in numerous optional performance and educational opportunities. In 2019, 86 band students, or 52%, earned a Varsity Letter.
Freshmen Letter Winners
Michael Andrews, Reza Choudhury, Alivia Cronk, Ella Darsee, Leah Gardner, Bryce Getz, Akira Gunn, Cody Iwig, Finley Jacobson, Alexis Judge, Addie Kerr, Nellie Leaverton, Elizabeth Luke, Dylan Luong, Brad Pettit, Julie Pham, Ciri Quirk, Laynie Sand, Will Schumacher, Autumn Sheppard, Aaron Spidle, Macy Stutler, Jacob Walters
Sophomore Letter Winners
Thea Alex, Emily Arntzen, Daniel Bacuyag, Nathan Boorman, Calli Cairo, Sydney Crowley, Devin Ensley, Ethan Giles, Anna Holub, Logan Ingraham, Alexia Murano, Luke Murano, Grace Pearson, Evan Rains, Josephine Rose, Jackie Royston, Joseph Schmidt
Junior Letter Winners
Reed Andrews, Mary Bergstrom, Nora Burroughs, Mahayla Claiser ,Hunter DeJager, Micheal Friedrickson, Zach Mataya, Olivia Reiser, Riley Rotert, Sierra Ruden, Emma Schaben, Anne Schroeder, Peter Schumacher, Laurel Stice, Jessica Stoelk, Michael Walters, Evan Wong, Parker Woods
Senior Letter Winners
Alec Albrecht, Nate Baysinger, Logan Boyles, Amanda Brown, Quinten Burnett, Brooke Dannenfeldt, Hayden Day, Anne Gage, Julia Gyure, Elijah Harris, Alexandra Hickman, Ethan Holub, Hope Johnson, Brandon King, Aditya Kotla, Rosemarie Koua, Audrey Krukow, Robert Luke, Erik Ly, Jonathan Meyer, Ben Moeckly, Joshua Muller, Andre Namink, Anna Perdue, Robert Rice, Katy Sawyer, Ethan Spidle, Katherine Stoelk, Rachel Vander Hart, Varun Vepa
Hannah Auxier, Kenji Bachmann, Kylie Bakke, Rylan Beaman, Chris Becker, Nathan Belmaster, Emma Birdwell, Jenna Booth, Jenna Brady, Elijah Brockman, Aiden Burke, Reece Cairo, Zane Cairo, Hayden Childes, Michael Cochran, Alex Correa, Katelyn Croll, Jaden DuBois, Elias Fefchak-Robinson, Kaylee Fletcher, Tyler Fraaken, Will Fuchs, Samantha Haenzi, Alivia Harshbarger, Sydney Hartman, Nora Henderson, Arturo Hernandez, Brenda Hernandez, Jacqueline Hernandez, Aarisin Hiszczynskyj, Jakob Hoffman, Liam Holman, Tristan Holman, Jessica Hoye, Elise Huey, Lindsey Ingraham, Ethan Januszewski, Luis Jimenez, Emma Johansen, Aaron Johnson, Emma Kellogg, Anna Kerr, Cassidy Killam, Brianna Krueger, Rebecca Krugler, Blair Liveringhouse, Daniel Mabota, Amara Marks, Lucas McCannon, Elise McDowell, Alexander Moran, Sahithi Narmnada, Grace Nelson, Neil Pack, Abigail Purcell, Ana Reese, Macayla Rhodes, Juli Rivera-Barragan, Max Rose, Crystal Ruden, Alec Rullman, Jacob Sammon, Megan Sawyer, Dimitri Seals, Olivia Sobek, James Sorbo, Jasper Sousa, Hailley Stolarz, Tessa Streich, Cassie Swacker, Erin Valle, Logan Valle, Maya VanderLeest, Sera Veeder, Jillian Westhoff, Geni Williams, Cole Williams-Osborn, Evan Witke, Melissa Yazel