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Westminster College Students Win Top Honors at Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band

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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

For the second year in a row, all Westminster College instrumentalists received first-chair placements in the prestigious Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band.

This year, Westminster student participants included Joey Bandi, Jeanne Barbour, Linsey Clauser, Zachary Harper, Marissa Lyerly, Angela Renninger, Jordan Sherman, Scott Webler, and Zachary Woessner.

Nine Westminster College students traveled to Elizabethtown College from March 4-6 to participate in the annual Honors Band. The 100-member band had representation from 23 colleges and universities from across the state.

Once selected for the ensemble, students travel to the event and begin the audition process. Students know what section they are in but must earn their placement of either first-chair, second-chair, third-chair, and so on.

“Westminster can again be very proud of its instrumentalists as all nine musicians earned first-chair placements, including two principal chairs, the first-chair of the first section,” said Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor of music and band director at Westminster College.

For more information about the Honors Band, contact Dr. Tag Greig at greigrt@westminster.edu or (724) 946-7279.

WE'RE SO PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS:

Joseph Bandi, a senior music education and music performance major, is a son of Joseph and Debbie Bandi and a graduate of West Allegheny High School. He earned principal chair in the horn for the second year in a row.

Jeanne Barbour, a junior music education major, is a daughter of John and Theresa Barbour and a graduate of Gateway High School. She earned first-chair, third-trombone.

Linsey Clauser, a senior music education major, is a daughter of Robert and Dana Clauser and a graduate of Blue Mountain High School. She earned first-chair, second-horn.

Zachary Harper, a senior music education major, is a son of Dennis and Christine Harper and a graduate of Montour High School. He earned first-chair, second-trumpet.

Marissa Lyerly, a senior music performance major, is a daughter of Bryan and Lisa Lyerly and a graduate of Mars High School. She earned the distinction of first-chair and concertmistress for first-clarinetist for the second year in a row.

Angela Renninger, a junior music education and music performance major, is a daughter of Timothy and Kristina Renninger and a graduate of Youngsville High School. She earned first-chair, second-alto saxophone.

Jordan Sherman, a sophomore music education major, is a son of Jim and Leah Sherman and a graduate of Sharpsville High School. He earned first-chair, second-oboe.

Scott Webler, a senior music education major, is a son of Martin and Cynthia Webler and a graduate of Mount Lebanon High School. He plays percussion and was an integral role in the percussion section.

Zachary Woessner, a senior chemistry and music as a second major major, is a son of Clifford Woessner and Anne Raisley and a graduate of Butler High School. He earned first-chair, fourth-horn.