Honor Band ConcertOffering exciting and meaningful performance and learning opportunities for young musicians is important and the district's second Annual Honor Band Concert accomplished that goal. The guest conductors and music instructors praised the stellar performances of the district's finest musicians who were selected to be in the middle school and high school Honor Bands.
Conducting the Middle School Honor Band was Ken Gammie who spent a decade teaching at Vista High School, and four years at schools in Orange County., Gammie's students marched in the Rose Parade for 40 years, toured Europe and competed throughout California. “The level of excellence in all your music programs, from elementary to the spectacular high school programs, is a benchmark we can all admire." said Gammie.
Conducting the High School Honor Band was Wilson Dale Warren, a Professor of Music in the University of Arkansas Department of Music. Warren has guest conducted All-District, All-Region, and All-State honor bands and several university bands in 35 states. He also serves as chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield Award Committee, an award he presented to the Vista Murrieta High School band last year. Warren said, "Working with the talented, intelligent, and hard working musicians in the High School Honor Band was a complete joy!" The high school musicians said what they loved most about Professor Warren was his gentlemanly Southern charm, his humility, genuine love for the arts and for bringing out the best in them.
"What a beautiful night of quality music with our talented Honor Band musicians," said community member Brandy Foote, "These are truly remarkable young musicians!"