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Nine students named to OPCICA Honors Band

Six members of the Muskingum College Wind and Percussion Ensemble and three members of its Jazz Ensemble were named to the honors concert band and the honors jazz ensemble at the 2008 Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) 21st Annual Honor Bands Festival.

The festival took place January 18-20 on the campus of Malone College in Canton, and was hosted by Malone faculty member Dr. Cynthia Bridges. The students rehearsed for two days and then staged performances as part of the festival.

The Muskingum students chosen for the Honors Concert Band were Rosie Bonerigo '08, Amanda LaMaster '09, Laura Nichols '09, Kyle Paul '10, Drew Wichterman '08 and Karen Witker '09. Chosen for the Honors Jazz Ensemble were Levi Funk '10, Lucas Kaspar '10 and J. J. Wagler. A total of five Muskingum students were also chosen as soloists for the performances.

Nominations for the concert band and the jazz ensemble were submitted by conductors from each OPCICA-member institution, and those nominations were evaluated by both the president and president-elect of the organization. This year, 98 of approximately 150 nominees were selected for the concert band and 18 of 35 nominations for the Jazz Ensemble were selected.