The Union Middle School Band Program is proud to announce the first recipient of the honor of participating in the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band that performs at the Iowa Bandmaster’s Conference in May 2016. Teagan Prouse, flute player and daughter of Garey and Aniqa Prouse of Buckingham, earned this honor by preparing and auditioning a rigorous flute etude. She is one of just two flute players from the northeast district of Iowa chosen for this honor.
Teagan has studied privately with Jennifer Bistline, Certified Flute Instructor with the National Federation of Music Educators, and Tara Meade, who holds a master’s degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant.
The IBA middle School Affairs Committee organized the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band, which will present a concert at this spring’s Iowa Bandmasters Conference in Des Moines. The 132 piece honor band will be made up of 22 eighth grade band members from each of Iowa’s six district honor bands.
The purpose of the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band is to provide outstanding students with another opportunity to perform excellent music under the direction of an accomplished composer/educator. It also gives directors of the state a chance to observe the rehearsal techniques of a master teacher, and to hear new music that is part of the middle school repertoire.