After its cancelation in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s glad it’s being held in any respect. He’s joyful that six college students from Mitchell will probably be collaborating within the rehearsals and performances. And he’s joyful that Mitchell will probably be internet hosting the occasion for the primary time since 1999.
It could take a special form than in most years, however the 2021 all-state band will happen Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27 on the Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center. The occasion will characteristic two days of rehearsals and performances for a restricted viewers each evenings.
Stahle mentioned the return of the occasion is welcomed following its cancelation final yr. College students from across the state already had auditioned for 2020 when phrase got here down that it could not be held that yr. It was a disappointment for all those that had put in lengthy hours of observe to make the grade, solely to have the expertise pulled out from below them.
“(All-State Orchestra, All-State Jazz Band and All-State Band) are all aggressive, and it varies from 500 to 700 children throughout the state auditioning for 180 spots,” Stahle mentioned. “It’s a really prolonged course of, they must do scales, ready solos, ready etudes. It’s a really prolonged and really aggressive course of, so once you make it after which are advised we aren’t going to carry it, it’s crushing.”
Like most group actions over the past yr, the occasion will implement quite a few security measures to assist scale back the unfold of COVID-19. As an alternative of three days of rehearsal adopted by a night live performance, the band will probably be break up into 4 ensembles, two of which can rehearse Friday and carry out collectively that night and one other two that may rehearse Saturday and in addition carry out collectively that night.
COVID-19 security protocols in place on the Mitchell College District additionally will probably be in place for All-State Band, Stahle mentioned, including using playable masks and bell covers for brass instruments. Gamers can have their very own 6-foot sq. space on stage, with a barely bigger space reserved for trombonists, who want additional room to make use of their slides.
“Fortunately our administration and our district may be very prepared to be the host of this occasion,” Stahle mentioned. “All college students via the method from rehearsals to efficiency are required to observe protocols. Our mitigation procedures that we put in place are a number of the strictest within the state. It’s a protracted course of beginning at first of the varsity yr.”
The concert events will return to Mitchell for the primary time since 1999. That yr, it was held on the Corn Palace, however South Dakota Excessive College Actions Affiliation officers decided after that efficiency that the venue didn’t meet necessities for internet hosting the occasion. An acceptable venue would require a big theater part to accommodate the viewers in addition to sufficient sizable rooms for practices.
The rationale the occasion is returning to city in 2021 boils right down to a easy reply, Stahle mentioned: the Mitchell Excessive College Performing Arts Heart.
“We constructed this facility to be used and performances of in-house occasions and with the belief that we might be capable of host occasions like this,” Stahle mentioned. “We’re one in every of about seven colleges within the state that may host all-state Band.”
Having the live performance in Mitchell ought to make it additional particular for the six members who certified for the band via Mitchell Excessive College. These college students embrace Max Bruguier, a freshman on bass clarinet; Mason Buenzow, a freshman on baritone saxophone; Alexandra Vermeulen, a sophomore on trumpet; Zachary Van Meter, a junior on trumpet; Jesse Dodd, a junior on percussion and Christian Kremer, a junior on clarinet.
Different space college students to make the band embrace Abby DeKam, a sophomore at Dakota Christian, on flute; Sonya Hansum, a junior at Dakota Christian, on flute; Mariah Koenig, a senior from Chamberlain, on alto saxophone; Thomas Powell, a junior from Chamberlain, on bass trombone; Samantha Peppel, a junior from Chamberlain, on flute; Maxwell Kelsey, a sophomore from Chamberlain, on percussion; Cody Steen, a junior from Chamberlain, on bass clarinet; Christian Spann, a junior from Gregory, on flute; Titus Roesler, a senior at Freeman Academy, on euphonium and Seth Baltzer, a sophomore at Freeman Academy, on tuba.
Van Meter auditioned for all-state band the final three years, however had not been chosen till this yr. And whereas he was thrilled to make the reduce this yr, he has no regrets concerning the work he put in with earlier makes an attempt.
“It sounds tacky, however you actually be taught rather a lot through the auditions. You be taught extra music abilities,” Van Meter mentioned. “I’ve already began making ready a solo for subsequent yr, as a result of as quickly as they ship out the etude it’s a must to put together, you might be on it and making ready for it, as a result of this can be very aggressive.”
The truth that the occasion is returning to Mitchell after a protracted hiatus is also particular, he mentioned.
“It’s enjoyable to journey to different cities, but it surely’s additionally good this yr that I do know the place I’m going. I do know the format of the PAC, so it’s good to have a well-recognized setting,” Van Meter mentioned.
He mentioned he’s happy to be becoming a member of his fellow bandmates from Mitchell for all-state band, however he is also trying ahead to seeing different fellow musicians from across the state that he hasn’t seen in a while.
“I used to be in all-state jazz band for 2 years in center college, and after I regarded on the listing of individuals in my (ensemble), I acknowledged a couple of names from All-State Jazz Band,” Van Meter mentioned. “I haven’t seen or spoken to them since, so will probably be good to see some outdated faces once more. It’s all concerning the individuals. It’s superior making music, however these are some nice children from all around the state, and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”
Mitchell can even host all-state jazz band on Might 8. Stahle mentioned will probably be nice to get college students from across the state again to studying and performing nice music, even when the format will probably be a little bit completely different from previous years.
“We’re simply grateful for attending to do it within the first place,” Stahle mentioned. “And we’re grateful we get to do it in a yr after we didn’t get to do it. It’s unlucky that it’s not the traditional setting, but it surely’s nonetheless fantastic.”