The Sixth Grade Band,
and the Junior High 8th & 9th Grade Symphonic Band
The following news article was published May 29, 1974 - text below the article:
Thursday, May 23 was a day of excitement and anticipation when the Junior High Syphonic Band and Elementary Band directed by Orley Kilburn and Alan Spohnheimer performed for the Iowa Bandmasters' Association at their convention and clinic in Des Moines.
It was like a dream come true to receive this honor. They played at 1:15 p.m. in the ball room of Hotel Savery.
When the bands performed in Des Moines, the girls were dressed in formals. Mrs. Charlsie Kilburn, Ann Enderson, and Pattie Marsh checked the formals of Junior high girls just before they were loaded on the bus. Band instruments must be loaded for travelling. Kim Wiese, Chris Redling, Kathy Graham, Kathreen Lindemann and Patty Soma wait for the band instruments to be loaded.
Chaperones for the buses made their final check of students and received final directions from Orley Kilburn, director, just before the Junior High Symphonic Band left for Des Moines in three buses at 10:00 a.m.
Those accompanying the group from Jewell were Mrs. Clinton Sealine, Mrs. LuVerne Bjustrom, Mrs. George Abell, Mrs. John Halleland, Mrs. Gary Wing, Mrs. Charles Wilcox, Mrs. Joe Hanson, Mrs. Luther Lund, and Mrs. Vernon Jacobson.
Orley Kilburn, director, and the Junior High Symphonic Band were all set to leave for the 47th Iowa Bandmasters Convention at Hotel Savery, Des Moines, Thursday, May 23.
1974 Symphonic Band Personnel
Sixth Grade Band Personnel
Rose Ann Sealine
* Brass Quintet Members
Richard W. Textor
Willis E. Welp
never had it so good"
This above statement may have a familiar ring - however this time - we are sure - there were none to disagree. "That's what the man said." That is the president of Iowa Band Masters' remark after Orley Kilburn's 8th and 9th grade symphonic band played for them on the afternoon of May 23 at the Saverly Hotel in Des Moines. Other descriptions of their performance are "polished" and "smooth". Were we ever proud to be from South Hamilton School that day (and we naturally always will be) -- but May 23 was an extra special day. Mr. Kilburn, we parents did not listen to the music with trained ears - but believe us - we listened to the comments from the bandmasters with our especially "tuned in" trained parent ears, and we heard beautiful comments to confirm what we already thought we knew. Orley Kilburn paid tribune to his friend and associate, Mr. Max Whitlock, by handing him the stick to guest direct one of Karl King's marches. What a joy to watch these smooth performances!
We are wondering about our sixth grade band under the sparkling eye (he'll love that description) of Alan Spohnheimer. Well, citizens of South Hamilton School - Mr. Spohnheimer can burst his buttons with pride. He has a magnificent way with our kids and they really play their hearts out and if they didn't, they surely fooled us). The president of Iowa Band Masters expressed his pleasure with the 6th grade band performance and noted this band is in top form for their grade level. I cannot let this article go to press without shouting special recognition to Mr. Spohnheimer and the 6th graders for their fantastic job of beginning the program with "The Star Spangled Banner." It certainly jarred us all loose after waiting for the program to begin, for Mr. Spohnheimer to step up to his position. Suddenly a crash of cymbals, a drum roll, and thunderous boom of the big bass drum brought us all to our feet instantly with perhaps a couple of tears at least ready to surface. We were proud, a nice kind of proud.
Mr. Beard gave a short talk between band performances about our community and school system. Following each concert the bands were given an honor award from the Iowa Band Masters Association.
They did us proud, South Hamilton Community. Chalk another big one up for our young people! The Iowa Band Masters have never had it so good.
Sponsored by the South Hamilton Music Boosters.
An LP record was made of the performances at the 1974 IBA Convention.
Each band had one side of the record.
6th Grade side of the recording
Junior High Symphonic Band side of the recording
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