Claremore Daily Progress

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January 31, 2012

Rogers County Honor Band to perform tonight at PAC

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Honor Band will host a free concert tonight at 7 p.m. at the Robson Performing Arts Center.

Each year junior high and high school students audition for the opportunity to play with the unique group.

In November 2011 students from area schools auditioned and 98 were selected for the honor. The students of various ages will gather for two days to prepare for the performance.

“With the Honor Band experience kids get to be with students from around the county who they are not familiar with but have the same interest,” said Claremore High School Band Director Kevin Couch.

The goal is to give the students more experience on their instruments and prepare a concert ready performance in a matter of hours, he said.

Each student plays new more challenging music and gets a chance to work with new directors. Two guest directors from around the state lead and teach each band. This year Teresa Segress of Clinton, Ok. Is directing the Junior High Band and Alex Claussen of Bartlesville is directing the High School Band.

Event organizers are working to make the experience enjoyable and educational for students.

“We hope that the students will take back the experience to their own band programs to make them better,” Couch said.

In addition to the free concert tomorrow night Will Rogers Junior High will host the Northeast District band this weekend. Student members of that band will perform on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Each concert provides an opportunity to the local community to support Rogers County Students while enjoying free entertainment. The public is invited to attend each event, for more information contact the Robson Performing Arts Center at (918) 699-7390.

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