On February 21, New Haven High sent Megan Boehmer to conference band. All of the schools in the same district-- such as Sullivan, St. Clair, St. James, Hermann, and Owensville-- participated in conference.
The bands performed many different songs. Megan reported that the band played “‘Prairie Songs’ by Pierre LaPlante, ‘The Greatest Showman’ arranged by Paul Murtha, ‘Synergies’ by Robert Sheldon, and ‘Emblem of Unity’ by J.J. Richards and edited by James Swearingen.”
Although this was Megan’s first year performing, she has been playing the flute for 8 years and participated in many different community and school bands.
Megan, much like her older brother Matthew Boehmer, a New Haven High alumni, has had a love for music and instruments ever since she first began playing.
Needless to say, this was an exciting experience for her. Megan reported that: “My favorite part was the practice day because, even though it was very stressful playing with people I've never met and having to learn 4 different songs that I've never played, it was a very good experience. I loved getting to learn more about other players and the director. I loved sitting there learning new techniques for playing and playing new songs!”
Megan ended her interview with this statement: “I would definitely encourage other kids [to pursue conference band] because it's an amazing experience. This allows you to adventure into new band performances. This also lets you learn new techniques from other performers and new directors. It's an amazing experience to know you made it into a band that only accepts a certain number of people and that accepts the best of the best!”
Although we didn’t have more of our own band participate, we are very proud of Megan. Hopefully next year more of our band members will audition to take part in conference band. We hope your passion for music continues on long after high school, Megan!