Pierce musicians at CMEA Honor Band

On Saturday, Pierce music students participated in the 2019 CMEA Northern Section Junior High Honor Band at the California State University, Chico. Band directors in the area represented were asked to nominate their excelling music students and have them submit an audition tape in early November. 

Students selected from the Pierce Music Program to participate this year were Anjolie Wiederhold (9th, Alto Saxophone), Miguel Tejeda (9th, Trumpet), Kelli Joel (8th, Trombone), Will Dafoe (8th, Trumpet), and Will Arens (7th, Tuba). 

These music students and their peers practiced together Friday and Saturday and then presented the concert that night. 

Ron Rector, K-8 music director, spearheaded these students achieving Honor Band status. 

Rector said he was proud of the students as well as with their efforts and dedication. 

“The concert was pretty impressive for junior high students. I liked how well-balanced they were. The choir did well also.” said Rector. 

Longtime Colusa Music Director Michael Phenicie coordinated this year’s event. Phenicie retired in 2016 after 38 years of teaching music with 31 of those years at Colusa.

CMEA is the California Music Educators Association and it sponsors Instrumental Large Ensemble Festivals, Choir Festivals, and highlight elementary and high school music. 

The Northern Section is composed of the northern California counties of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Tehama, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou. The Association’s purpose is to promote access to a sequential music program for K-12, support and improve existing music programs, promote music teacher preparation programs, and create a greater awareness of the value of music education. ■