Elizabeth has been in Honor Band since the seventh grade. Honor Band is extremely competitive and there is a lot of work involved. Honor Band auditions are judged with a variety of criteria. It requires you to know the major scales, play a prepared piece chosen by the judge, and sight-read a piece of music. Elizabeth stated, "Success in auditions can be easily wrecked by nervousness, faulty instruments, and little mistakes that might have never been an issue before."
Some other accomplishments Elizabeth is proud of is being first chair flute in concert band for three years. Elizabeth has also participated in OMEA solo and ensemble for two years, she was rewarded with a Superior (1) rating each time. She is also very proud of the band's teamwork and effort that led them to earn a Superior (1) rating at the State Marching Band Finals. Despite consistent success Elizabeth recognizes how the audition process itself is a worthwhile experience, but it is always gratifying to find out that she made it. As Elizabeth stated, "The experience you gain from auditioning is extremely valuable."
(Story written by Alexis Kuykendoll, photo provided by Abigayle Burwick for Dec. 2018 Cougar Prints)