DaVinci student chosen for honor band

DaVinci Academy eighth-grader Janessa Bennett, of Blaine, was selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Directors Association 6-8 Grade Honor Band for the 2016-2017 school year.

Janessa Bennett has been selected to participate in the MBDA 6-8 Grade Honor Band. Photo courtesy of DaVinci Academy
Janessa Bennett has been selected to participate in the MBDA 6-8 Grade Honor Band. Photo courtesy of DaVinci Academy

Janessa plays the trumpet in the band at DaVinci Academy, directed by Michael Herbert.

Janessa was one of 86 students selected from 274 who auditioned this winter for a position in ensemble.

Students will have the opportunity to work with some of the finest music educators in the state as their section coaches, and will be conducted by John Lace. The students rehearsed with John Lace Saturday, April 22, at Chaska High School and then performed a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in the auditorium of Chaska High School.

The Honor Band program is an ongoing project of MBDA, a professional organization of band directors representing band programs of all grade levels from throughout the state of Minnesota. The mission of MBDA is to assist in the development of band directors and band programs in schools, colleges, and communities throughout Minnesota.

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