Getting ready to "hit the road for WIBC” are Wa-Hi seniors Suzanne Nicault-clarinet; and Aaron Christopherson-alto sax with band director Andrew Ueckert. (picture#1)
Suzanne and Aaron at their first rehearsal with the Thunderbird Band (the top group of four bands!) at WIBC! (picture #2)
The Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) is an honor band festival for high school students selected by audition from around the northwest (mostly), but some come from the south and back east as well. Suzanne and Aaron did a great job on their mp3 auditions and both made it in to the top band!!
There are four bands of approximately 120-150 students each. They rehearse all day on the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving with concerts on Monday at the Sea-Tac DoubleTree Inn. They have 6 different college level conductors and usually one of them is the composer of the pieces he/she conducts. There is also each year a guest artist or guest artist group which performs one piece with each of the four bands on the Monday concert--this year it was the group Project Trio!
Congratulations to Suzanne and Aaron!