Lakeview musicians perform in Honor Band

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From left are Lakeview band members Stephan Prudhomme and Kain Custis.

Submitted by LHS band director

Denise Roper Two Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School students performed in the annual Louisiana Music Educators Association District II Honor Band concert at Tioga High School Saturday, Jan. 26. To earn a place in one of the honor bands, students had to compete against the top young musicians from around Central Louisiana on an audition consisting of scales, prepared music and sight reading.

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Sophomore Kain Custis was the second chair euphonium player in the Cavalier Sr. High Honor Band and his placement also allowed him to compete in the second round of auditions for the All-State Band. He is the first Lakeview band student to achieve such an honor. He was also one of the outstanding band students shown on the District Honor Band news segment on Alexandria television station KALB broadcast Jan. 26.

Custis is a fourth year band student at Lakeview and this was his second year performing with one of the District Honor Bands. He has also performed with the Cotton Country regional honor band in 2017 and the Louisiana Bandmasters Association All-Star Honor Bands in 2017 and 2018. He participates in the Natchitoches Parish Talented Music Program and is a private student of Kelsey Wright McDonald.

The Cavalier Sr. High Honor Band was under the direction of Dr. Serena Weren, band director at Loyola University in New Orleans. The selections performed included concert band classics such as The Florentiner March (Fucik, arr. John R. Bourgeois) and Three Ayres from Gloucester (Hugh Stuart), and more recent compositions such as Melodious Thunk by David Beidenbender.

Eighth grader Stephan Prudhomme was the fifth chair trombone in the St. Denis Jr. High Honor Band under the direction of Michelle Hastings, band director at Oslo Middle School in Vero Beach, Fla. Their program consisted of the theme from The Avengers (Silvestri, arr. Longfield), Norland March (John Edmondson), A Childhood Hymn (David Holsinger), Handclap (arr. Vinson) and Joy (Frank Ticheli). Prudhomme is in his second year of band at Lakeview.

This was his first performance with an honor band. Both students are members of the Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School Band under the direction of Denise Roper.  Roper has been a member of both LMEA and LBA for 27 years and currently serves the District II Band Directors Association in the office of Recording Secretary.