The Union Middle School Band Program is proud to announce Matt Carlson as recipient of the honor of participating in the All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band that performs at the Iowa Bandmaster’s Conference in May 2019. A baritone saxophone player and son of Reid and Steph Carlson of La Porte City, Matt earned this honor by preparing and auditioning a rigorous baritone saxophone etude. The process was highly competitive, with only one baritone saxophone player from the northeast district of Iowa being chosen.

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 is 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 challenging 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.

The concert will take place at 1:00 PM at the Iowa Ballroom in the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines on Thursday, May 9th. The band will be under the direction of well-known composer and conductor Carol Brittin Chambers. The band will perform a couple of her first-time debut pieces written expressly for the 2019 All-Iowa 8th Grade Honor Band. The concert is free to the public.