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Eight students qualify for Kansas City Metro All-District Band and Orchestra ensembles

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief


Katie Bullock
Junior Bella Middaugh marches with the PRIDE band while playing clarinet at the Sept. 29 homecoming football game before the first quarter. Middaugh was selected as the 11th chair clarinet for the Kansas City Metro All-District Band.

After months of preparation, eight students earned a seat in the Kansas City Metro All-District Orchestra and All-District Band ensembles following auditions at Liberty High School on Nov. 4.

Senior Dillon Osborn, who has been playing tuba for seven years and bass trombone for four years, made it into All-District band for both of his instruments.

“It made me feel accomplished [to make it into the group] because beforehand, I had always made it so close but not quite,” Osborn said. “Now, I actually have made it.”

Since Osburn auditioned on two instruments, he had to learn two different sets of audition material, as the music is different for every instrument.

“They give you pieces of music to practice in as early as May. You have until November to learn it, practice it and become proficient in it,” Osburn said. “I enjoy it though. It’s almost another way for me to express myself in a way. It kind of helps me relax and keep my mind off of the stress of school.”

Seven other students made it into a district ensemble:

Kansas City Metro All-District Band:

Senior Dillon Osburn – Tuba, alternate 2

Junior Bella Middaugh – Clarinet, chair 11

Kansas City Metro All-District Honorable Mention Band:
Senior Dillon Osburn – Tuba, chair 2

Kansas City Metro All-District Jazz Band:
Senior Dillon Osburn – Trombone, chair 5

Kansas City Metro All-District Full Orchestra:

Junior Mattie Peter – 2nd Violin, chair 1

Junior Jessica Glaszczak – 1st Violin, chair 17

Sophomore Kelsey Cowden – Viola, chair 11

Freshman Alex Kearns – Viola, chair 12

Kansas City Metro All-District String Orchestra:

Junior Katie Bullock – Cello, chair 5

Freshman Dante Nguyen – 2nd Violin, chair 2


Osburn will perform with the All-District Jazz Band on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Gem Theatre.