Two Pendleton Heigthts High School band students achieved a feat none have for the last five years. Jamie Craig and Chris Miller were selected to be in the Indiana Music Educators’ Association Honor Band.

Out of over 150 applicants from 90 schools throughout the state, approximately 90 students were chosen to participate in this performance at the Sagamore Ballroom at the Convention Center in Indianapolis.

“This is a top group of musicians,” said Glen Nelson, principal, as he recognized Craig and Miller before the school board.

Before being considered by a committee of band directors from across the state, students must be recommended by their own director. Chris Taylor completed applications for Craig and Miller, citing their work in ensembles and listing their various achievements.

“(I chose them because) their work ethic definitely stands out, they are very good students, they practice, for their overall musicianship — and they are good players as well,” said Taylor.

Craig plays the cello, baritone, trumpet, bass trombone, and snare drum. In addition to the marching band, she plays in the wind ensemble and two jazz bands after school. Miller plays the clarinet in the marching band, pep band, and wind ensemble.

“It was amazing, it really was,” Craig said. “Everyone coming together and working — that’s as dedicated to band as I am — it was amazing.”

Jay Gephart, band director at Purdue University, conducted this special performance. The Honor Band played a variety of music from Calvary March to the Wizard of Oz.

Craig moved here from Eastern Green (where she played in a string orchestra) a year and a half ago. Since coming to PHHS, her love of band has really taken hold and she is planning on studying music education to become a band director herself.

“Ever since I moved here I’ve been getting into bands instead of strings and I enjoy that a lot more,” she said.

Taylor is proud of their accomplishments and of how well they represented the school.

“I know there hadn’t been anyone from the school in a while and there are a lot of schools that don’t get anyone in, so it’s definitely a great credit to them and to the school,” said Taylor. “They are good kids and I know they really enjoyed the experience, which is important as well.”

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