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FOUR FROM NOTRE DAME CHOSEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS BAND FESTIVAL

From left, juniors Madeline MacIntyre (flute/pic), Rachel Rook (percussion), Zack Smith (trumpet), and sophomore Palmer Wencley (trumpet) performed at the 2020 MSBOA All-District Honors Band Festival this past weekend at Clarkston High School.


The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s District 4 held its annual All-District Honors Band Festival this past weekend at Clarkston High School and four from Notre Dame Prep, juniors Madeline MacIntyre, Rachel Rook, Zack Smith, and sophomore Palmer Wencley, were chosen to participate.

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According to Joe Martin, Notre Dame's director of bands, the purpose of the Honors Band program is to recognize the achievement of outstanding musicians from instrumental music programs at Notre Dame and other schools located in MSBOA's District 4. 

"One-hundred-sixty-five students were selected from 27 schools to form three separate groups," Martin said. "A jazz band, concert band and a wind ensemble were assembled. They were conducted by Dr. Chris Chapman, director of bands at Central Michigan University; Dr. Courtney Snyder, associate director of bands at the University of Michigan; and Kris Johnson, director of jazz studies at the University of Utah."

Martin also said that the event is a great opportunity to build bridges between NDP's program and other band programs. 

"Plus, in the two three-hour rehearsals held during the weekend, those participating performed college-level music," he added. "A big congratulations to our student-musicians for their hard work and dedication to the arts."

More on the MSBOA
The MSBOA mission is to provide each student intellectual and creative instrumental music experiences expressed through emotional and artistic communication. MSBOA’s primary purpose is to advance quality music education through the study and performance of instrumental music. The many types of festivals the organization sponsors are a means to that end.

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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three school are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.

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