NCHS student chosen to participate in District Honor Band


NCHS Band Miracle


Miracle Coutee, a senior at Natchitoches Central High School, plays first chair flute and drum major in The Pride of the Tribe Marching Band.

Miracle recently made District Honor Band, an ensemble made up of the best band musicians in LMEA District II. District II includes Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, and Winn parishes.

Students auditioned at Tioga High School this past September, and the top performing high school students were placed in the Lafitte or Cavalier honor bands. The honor bands rehearsed for two days and presented a concert at Tioga High School on Jan. 20.

Miracle’s ensemble, the Lafitte Band, was conducted by Gregg Griffin of Erath High School. They performed “Falcon Fanfare” by Brian Balmages, “In A Quiet Place” by Bill Calhoun, “Twittering Machines” by Brian Balmages, and “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett.

“District Honor Band was a wonderful experience and prepared me for my college scholarship auditions,” said Miracle. “I had a wonderful time playing with musicians that are as passionate about music as I am.”

Miracle is the daughter of Anna and Wilfredo Santiago. Miracle’s Talented Music Instructor Kelsey Wright gives her private flute lessons through the state talent program. Her parents and NCHS Band Director Aleisa Hudlow are proud of her.

“I am so proud of Miracle for being brave enough to audition for district honor band,” said Hudlow. “It takes a lot of practice and discipline to achieve an honor like this. She is an excellent flutist and continuously grows in her musicianship. She represented herself and NCHS well, and the concert was fantastic!”