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Quincy High School from left back row: Luke Darue, Lillian Windle, Scott Bethel, Will Rich, Scarlet Wood and Daymond Dueming. Front Row from left: Miley Nielsen, Brooke McKinney, Alexis McKinney, Justin Hughbanks, and Austin Beckley. Not pictured: Cheyanne Ellison and Emmett Tompkins. Photo submitted

25 PUSD music students chosen for Jr High Honor Band

By Cary Dingel

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Such exciting news from Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) music programs — PUSD had a record-breaking showing for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Northern Section Junior High Honor Band this year.

Not only did 25 of our students successfully audition for this select group of the finest music students throughout Northern California, but six of them were also named as the first chair player on their instrument for the entire north state.

In order to be selected, each of these students had to prepare and record a designated solo and three scales. Then, professional judges listened to all of the entries and selected the top students in each section for the entire north state. We are so proud of our hard-working students!

This year’s honor band event will take place at Chico State on January 13th and 14th, where our students will rehearse with a wonderful guest conductor and then perform for parents and friends on the evening of the 14th in the Harlan Adams Theater.

If anyone would like to sponsor a student for this event ($100 per student to cover registration fees and hotel costs), or would like to donate to our music programs, please contact your community’s PUSD music teacher for details or visit this link to make an online donation: https://plumas-performing-arts.square.site/music-program-donation-links


PUSD Music Teachers

 Eliza Hardee (Quincy)

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Theresa Smith (Portola)

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Jane Brown (Greenville and Chester)

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PUSD Students selected for the CMEA Northern Section Junior High Honor Band


GHS Students:

Taylor Vaughn, clarinet

Alexis Winters, trombone*

CHS Students:

Maddison Rocha, flute

Henry Chavez, trombone

Andrew Pfister, percussion

Nancy Christianson, percussion

QHS Students:

Cheyanne Ellison, clarinet

Miley Nielsen, clarinet

Brooke McKinney, clarinet

Lillian Windle, bass clarinet

Luke Darue, bass clarinet

Scarlet Wood, alto saxophone

Alexis McKinney, trumpet

Emmett Tompkins, clarinet*

Patrick Wert, baritone

Jayden Shea, tuba

Scott Bethel, baritone saxophone*

Sean Pangburn, alto saxophone

Will Rich, alto saxophone

Justin Hughbanks, trumpet

Austin Beckley, trumpet

Daymond Dueming, French horn*

PHS Students:

Katie Romero, flute*

Jayla Kettle, clarinet

Madison Weatherby-Vieira, trumpet*

*Asterisks denote first chair

Jayla Kettle, Katie Romero, and Madison Weatherby-Vieira from Portola High School. Photo submitted


From left: Maddison Rocha, Nancy Christianson, Andrew Pfister and Henry Chavez from Chester High School. Photo submitted
From Quincy High: Patrick Wert and Jayden Shea. Photo submitted

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