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Will Stoll `28 Performs in Ohio Music Education Association Honor Band

Will Stoll `28 Performs in Ohio Music Education Association Honor Band

The school proudly announces that Will Stoll `28 was selected to participate in the Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Junior High Honor Band. 

Will, a new seventh-grade student here at Country Day, plays the saxophone for the Middle School band. Typically, students who are selected for honor band also study with a private teacher at an excelled level, but Will practiced independently for his audition through encouragement from Middle School band director Stephanie Wietmarschen. 

"Will has an amazing ear, and I did not have any doubts about his skill level,” says Wietmarschen. “But he doesn't just have skill, he also has the musicality to go along with it. He plays with feeling, intention, and storytelling.”  

Students must undergo a rigorous audition to be selected for the honor band. Then they participate in a week-long intensive rehearsal culminating in a group performance.  

“The rehearsals were very tiring, but I’m so glad I did this,” says Stoll. “I feel like I’ve improved 100% as a saxaphone player, this opportunity helped me fine tune my skills.” 

The performance took place on January 8 at Princeton High School. Will, along with his peers from 23 different middle schools, played six pieces conducted by guest conductor Jan Diehl, who has been teaching music for 36 years.  

"Honor band is such a great experience in music. You get to work with special guest conductors and instrument specialists," says Wietmarschen. "You have the opportunity to meet students from other schools who enjoy playing music. And you get the chance to challenge your ability to focus and push yourself through long rehearsals and some intense music pieces. I am happy that Will has this opportunity to showcase his talent and represent Country Day in this way."