Two Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School students performed in the annual Louisiana Music Educators Association District II Honor Band concert at Tioga High School on Jan. 26. In order to earn a place in one of the honor bands, students had to compete against the top young musicians from around Central Louisiana on an audition consisting of scales, prepared music, and sight reading.
Sophomore Kain Cutis was the second chair euphonium player in the Cavalier Senior High Honor Band, and his high placement also allowed him to compete in the second round of auditions for the All-State Band. He is the first Lakeview Band student to achieve such an honor. He was also one of the outstanding band students shown on the District Honor Band news segment that Alexandria television station KALB broadcast on Jan. 26. Kain is a fourth year Band student at Lakeview, and this was his second year performing with one of the District Honor Bands. He has also performed with the Cotton Country regional honor band in 2017, and the Louisiana Bandmasters Association All-Star Honor Bands in 2017 and 2018. He participates in the Natchitoches Parish Talented Music Program, and is a private student of Mrs. Kelsey Wright McDonald.
The Cavalier Senior High Honor Band was under the direction of Dr. Serena Weren, Band Director at Loyola University in New Orleans. The selections this band performed included concert band classics such as The Florentiner March (Fucik, arr. John R. Bourgeois) and Three Ayres from Gloucester (Hugh Stuart), and more recent compositions such as Melodious Thunk by David Beidenbender.
Eighth grader Stephan Prudhomme was the fifth chair trombone in the St. Denis Junior High Honor Band, which was under the direction of Mrs. Michelle Hastings, the Band Director at Oslo Middle School in Vero Beach, Florida. Their program consisted of the theme from The Avengers (Silvestri, arr. Longfield), Norland March (John Edmondson), A Childhood Hymn (David Holsinger), Handclap (arr. Vinson), and Joy (Frank Ticheli). Stephan is in his second year of band at Lakeview. This was his first performance with an honor band.
Both students are members of the Lakeview Junior-Senior High School Band, which is under the direction of Ms. Denise Roper. Ms. Roper has been a member of both LMEA and LBA for 27 years, and currently serves the District II Band Directors Association in the office of Recording Secretary.