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10 Benicia Middle School Band Members Get Big Honor

The North Bay Honor Band is composed of 62 student musicians from 11 middle or junior high school in Solano and Yolo counties.

By Holly Ojendyk

Ten exceptional musicians from Benicia Middle School’s Symphonic Band were selected as part of the North Bay Honor Band this year.  This prestigious group includes Xavier Kipping, Devin Rorke, Garrison McNutt, Stephen Newcomb, Michael Chou, Neel Kishnani, Clare Rodgers, Anna Babcock, Mikayla Stotler and Alya Ruiz.  Neel Kishnani was also awarded State Honor Band status.  

The North Bay Honor Band is composed of 62 student musicians from 11 middle or junior high school in Solano and Yolo counties.  The students gathered at Pioneer High School in Woodland for a  January 20th concert. Under the direction of guest conductor Bruce Tipton, music teacher at Vanden High School, the group performed five songs including a piece commissioned by middle school music teachers from the Pacific Northwest title Mazama.

Michelle Kye January 23, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Wonderful! Congratulations to our Benicia Middle School musicians!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 24, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Back in my day, I dabbled around a little bit in music!!!! Although playing instruments is great; let us not forget that the Greatest of all instruments is the voice!!!! Great Job Benicia Middle School!!!

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