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January 23, 2001|Staff Writer

The best of the best of Imperial Valley band members will give the annual honor band concert at Palmer Auditorium in Brawley on Saturday.

The concert, sponsored by the Imperial Valley Music Educators Association, will begin at 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

"We want to encourage anyone who likes listening to the bands to come out to the concert," said T.J. Hepburn, IVMEA president.

Students from throughout Imperial County make up the two honor bands: the IVMEA high school honor band and the IVMEA junior high school honor band. Both will perform Saturday.


Showcasing the musical talent of local students is the foremost reason to bring students together for the honor band.

This also is one of the few times students from different schools can come together without school rivalries, Hepburn said.

"A lot of the time, the only chance kids see each other is at football games and competitions," Hepburn said.

The honor band helps "keep rivalries down and camaraderie up" between bands, Hepburn said.

"The kids always look forward to it," Hepburn added.

Unlike years past when band directors picked honor band participants, the IVMEA held auditions for any student interested.

Hepburn explained the audition process is good practice for students who plan to continue playing beyond high school and will have to audition for other groups.

This is the only concert the honor bands will give this year.

Conductors for the high school honor band are Rene Baker, Central Union High School; Amy Daily, Brawley Union High School; and Dennis Pond, Calexico High School.

Conductors for the junior high school honor band are Joyce Gray, Seeley and McCabe schools; Brooke Kofford, Frank Wright Intermediate School; Mark Mordasini, Calipatria Unified School District; and Mitch Stuman, Wilson Junior High School.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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