Eighth-grader plays in Chapman University’s Honor Band
By Lily Birmingham
Clair Groenewold, an eighth-grader at Olive Peirce Middle School, is one of a few middle school students selected to attend the prestigious Southern California Honor Band Festival.
The event is sponsored by the Chapman University Conservatory of Music and led by Dr. Paul Sherman, conductor of the Chapman University Wind Symphony.
This year’s concert music included Giacchino, Star Trek, Nelson, Homage to Leonin, and Ticheli, Wild Nights. All are advanced music pieces.
Clair is the daughter of Gerrit and Nanda Groenewold.
She started her flute playing in the fourth grade and is a member of the Olive Peirce Middle School concert band and jazz band.
She practices an average of three hours a day. In addition to the daily school band practices, she plays classical music at home, using modern music software. She has also played flute as a soloist and in a group at Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
She said it was a dream-come-true to attend the Chapman University event and play with top student players under the direction of Southern California’s pre-eminent wind and brass faculty.
Chapman Honor Band candidates are nominated by their band teachers. The final selection is by the university. Clair was nominated by OPMS Band Director Karl Lampe, who said he recognized Clair’s talent and enthusiasm in music.
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