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Troy musicians selected for elite statewide band

Several Troy Middle School band students were selected to participate or as alternates in this year’s All-Illinois Junior Band. From left: Jessica Meza, Alexander MacGregor, Ellen Lundeen, Nathan Hunsaker, Jacob Richardson, Lauren Gans, Abigail Athern and Myles Shackelford.
Several Troy Middle School band students were selected to participate or as alternates in this year’s All-Illinois Junior Band. From left: Jessica Meza, Alexander MacGregor, Ellen Lundeen, Nathan Hunsaker, Jacob Richardson, Lauren Gans, Abigail Athern and Myles Shackelford.

One Troy Middle School seventh grade student and five eighth-grade students have been selected to participate in the All-Illinois Junior Band at the University of Illinois in January.

According to Troy Community School District 30-C band director William Goetz, Myles Shackelford, percussion, is the seventh-grade student selected for the band.

Eighth-graders are Abigail Athern, trumpet; Lauren Gans, tenor saxophone; Nathan Hunsaker, trombone; Ellen Lundeen, horn; and Alexander MacGregor, tuba. Alternates are eighth-graders Jessica Meza, flute, and Jacob Richardson, baritone saxophone.

The All-Illinois Junior Band was founded to create a premier musical experience for the state’s finest middle school band students. Its goals are to provide an opportunity for the students to perform excellent literature with a mature ensemble and distinguished conductor and to inspire them to continue their studies.

Guest conductor of the 2018 All-Illinois Junior Band will be Andrew Boysen Jr., a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire and a composer. The band will rehearse and perform Jan. 12 and 13 at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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